Do you like to use plant markers? I do, as a reminder of where everything is planted until it starts producing. Especially since my memory is only about a minute long sometimes!
I found a package of simple white markers that I really liked a few years ago at a dollar store. And par for the course, I haven’t seen them since. I thought three packages would be enough. It wasn’t.
Now I just make my own. I cut the top and bottom off of a clean bleach bottle, then traced my store-bought plant marker multiple times and cut them out with scissors.
The first ones I made have lasted 3 years so far. They are also reusable, as you can write on them with a permanent marker, and if you ever need to change the name, it easily comes off with rubbing alcohol.
The price is right too, since not only do I need lots for my container garden, we need to put out about three dozen plant markers on the recently planted herbs, flowers and ornamental plants at the Community Garden.
There are some beautiful colors of liquid laundry detergent bottles that would make really cute labels too. I thought about using those, but I like mine all matchy-matchy and I have a bunch of bleach bottles to
get rid of use. Besides, I have other plans for repurposing the detergent bottles.
Easy to Make Plant Markers
Using a pair of regular scissors, poke a hole just above the label, so that you can insert one tip of the scissors, then cut the top off of the well rinsed bleach bottle, cutting right along the top edge of the label. Next, cut a straight line down to the bottom of the label. Cut along the bottom edge of the label.
Remove the label and flatten the plastic. I rolled mine backwards loosely and it flattened pretty well.
Draw out a simple pattern on paper. The top part of the store-bought plant marker is 1 1/2″ high x 2 1/4″ wide. When you are happy with the pattern, cut it out and trace it onto the plastic. Cut the plastic piece out and use it for your pattern. By placing my pattern close, I can get 14 labels from a gallon bottle.
My blank DIY version is in the Thyme plant pictured above. Not too shabby looking, if I say so myself.
Easy DIY Plant Markers
The Rosemary plant marker in the picture above was one of my store-bought markers. The others were the ones I cut out. It only took me about 30 minutes at a leisurely pace. As you can see, I didn’t make pointed ends on mine and they worked fine. But it sure wouldn’t take much to clip each one to be pointed.
You can add additional info to your markers, if you want to. I have this information in my garden journal, but I also have added some of the following information to some of my labels:
- D (for dry) on labels for herbs that don’t like wet soil.
- Expected beginning harvest date on some of my vegetables.
- Light requirements on labels in potted plants that are meant to be planted in the ground.
I trimmed the tops on the extra pieces, as seen on the 3 pieces on the right end of the bottom row. I figured these would work well in my seed trays as plant markers instead of popsicle sticks I usually use.
Recycled Plastic Bleach Bottle
From the leftover pieces of my new plant markers, I have a little tray to put under a small plant, plus a funnel to add fertilizer to my water cans.
In the past, I have also made cute little pot covers from bleach bottles. I like to use a pill bottle to trace for my scalloped edge and have even used a paper punch to make three holes in each scallop to simulate eyelet lace trim. Super cute for giving too, if you are sharing a plant.
Happy Crafting & Repurposing!
PS: Please don’t forget to share! 🙂