Laminated Garden Markers with Copper Hangers

Easy to make laminated garden markers made from empty seed packages using copper hangers.

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I’ve been germinating seeds since January and got hooked on Botanical Interests.  It was their packaging that caught my attention because they’re so pretty.

I carefully opened each one while adding seeds to terracotta pots because I knew eventually an idea would spark for a craft later.

That’s just what happened and the other day I decided to make some new garden markers.

I took a few of these pretty envelopes and laminated them; after a few more details I ended up with this neat project for my garden.

Keep reading to make your own and don’t worry I’ve linked the supply list just in case you don’t have everything.

Project Supply List

If you want to make several you can get Botanical Interests packages in bulk by variety:

Get Ready to Laminate

To begin we laminate empty seed packages by lying them on the clear cover.

Allow plenty of space around the edges, make sure they’re clean and corners are pressed flat.

I tossed in a Burpee envelope because I wanted to do a test example as I went along.

That isn’t necessary but I tend to practice steps before applying to my finished project to keep from making mistakes.

 

Insert into Scotch Machine

The next step is simple and once the machine is ready to use, insert the laminate paper with seed packages and watch them slide through with a clear protector.

I love this little machine, it’s so easy to use and it’s handy for many projects, Robert even uses it.

 

Cutting the Edges

Next, we cut the edges using a paper cutter.  I like straight edges and this cutter works much better than scissors because I’m the worst when it comes to cutting direct lines.

You want to leave a clear edge around the three sides and a little more space on top leaving room to hole punch.

Hopefully in this photo you can see the cutting distance.

Simply hole punch on top as this will be used for hanging the garden markers.

This craft is so easy friends and I plan to make more.

 

 

Making the Copper Hanger

The hanger takes a strong hand and I recommend wearing work gloves because it will make bending less difficult.  Need awesome work gloves?  Check out my review here.

To create, I took 1.5 ft. of copper wire for each hanger and bent a couple loops from one end.  You want to make sure those loops are relatively close together.

Then slide the marker through the loops to keep it secure.

Notice on my finished project that you can also leave a straight line of copper and secure the marker over the top keeping it still.

I like both styles and they look so neat in my Startle Garden.

This is a super neat project and a neat activity for the afternoon.  Go ahead, make a few laminated garden markers for your growing space.

 

Thanks for joining me today,

Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West

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8 comments

  1. Christine says:

    Somehow I missed your email on this post my friend!! Just stopped by to check out your Etsy store and saw it!! Love the idea of using Pretty seed packets for garden markers and the copper accent adds such detail and warmth!! Great job on your store too!!

    1. Carole West says:

      It’s rained since I made these markers and happy to report they still look new. They do add warmth to the garden and this year it’s going to be more about herbs and flowers in the garden. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Jemma says:

    Good Morning Carole,
    You have no idea how much I adore this project! I am the gardener who forgets what she planted where and my garden markers get misplaced, torn-up or buried in the soil.
    So, besides being totally functional they are totally artistic, creative and are a glorious addition to the garden!
    You, know you have a way with copper wire, it’s your signature design.
    Happy Gardening my friend,
    Jemma

    1. Carole West says:

      Hey Jemma – I remember you telling me it was my signature design. Which inspired me to get creative again so thank you! I can never remember what I planted where either so I’m hoping these will help and definitely do look pretty in my raised beds. Had a good day here – spent most of it outside and accomplished a lot.

      Thanks for stopping by have a great week and you know I’ll be chatting with you on Instagram… Hugs- Carole

  3. Patti says:

    This is so clever and I really could use a laminator like that for all kinds of purposes. Using copper in the garden is a great idea too. I bet it just gets prettier with age.

    1. Carole West says:

      Glad you like it, love my laminator.. So yes that copper does get prettier as it ages. I have a project coming up sometime soon that I’ll be using old and new copper together.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Good Morning Carole. Well here in Ontario Canada we have a little overcast but warmer& lots of snow,just waiting for Spring. I love your laminated markers& the copper holders are great . Interesting, now to try and make them.Looks easy enough. Thanks Take Care,Have a Great Day,& Happy Gardening. 🌷🌺🌸🌼 Charlotte

    1. Carole West says:

      Good Morning Charlotte – I’m sitting here enjoying a cup of tea before heading outside to continue cutting the field and Robert is already working on his wall project. So glad you like these garden markers and yes very easy to duplicate. Hope things start to warm up for you soon. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest so very familiar with lingering winter temperatures. Hope your day is great maybe a good day to plant some seeds indoors? Was nice to hear from you. -Carole

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