Lots of clever ideas here for making labeled markers that can be used for both outdoors (in the garden) and indoors (for house plants). Many are quite inexpensive to make using simple supplies that you probably already have around the house, you’ll find a few utilizing recycled items like soda cans, old spoons and vinyl blinds or smooth rocks right from the garden. Have fun!
Chalkboard Style : Made with wooden paint stirrers, chalkboard paint and labeled with a white china marker (grease pencil) & nope, it won’t wash off in the rain.
Glass Tops : Made with glass aquarium pebbles, sticks, raffia, glue, fruit and vegetable illustrations (free printable via pdf).
Stamped Spoons : Requires a metal stamping kit and permanent marker. A few of these swirling around the net but I think this one’s the original DIY.
Painted Stones : These super-easy but functional and reliable labels require only a few large, smooth stones, acrylic paint, and a waterproof marker.
Terra Cotta : Made by painting broken pieces of a terra cotta pot and attaching to metal stakes.
Printables : These are editable and come in two different sizes. Download is in .doc format.
Juice Can Tops : Made with juice can tops & bottoms, a wire coat hanger and embellished with pretty beads.
Engraved Aluminum Tape : The tape is wrapped around plastic knives and then “engraved” with the plant name using a dull ballpoint pen.
Recycled Plastic : Tags are made with strips cut from plastic lids (from ice cream pails, etc.) then marked with an old school DYMO label maker.
Juice Lid Markers : Clippings from seed catalogues are glued to recycled juice lids, sealed with Mod Podge then attached to wooden garden spikes.
Painted Scratch Boarding Style : Colored paints are mixed with a bit of water to achieve a very thin consistency then used to cover cheap markers, a wooden skewer is used to scrape off letters for plant names.
Milk Jug Plastic : Great idea! Split open an empty, clean milk jug and use the plastic to make the tags.