Happy Thursday friends! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and getting outside. As you know this year I planted my very first garden in a stock tank to match the pool. The good news is my plants are definitely growing! But after I planted my garden, I realized the little paper tags were just not for me. Since I am far from an expert gardener, I still need to label my plants to know what they are. That is when I came up with these super easy DIY Scrap Tile Garden Markers you can make in an hour. Let me show you how I did it.
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As I said, this is my first year growing a garden and I am very excited about it! When I didn’t kill my jalapeno plant last year I took it as a sign that I should grow more 🙂 Once I planted the garden, I realized I wasn’t a fan of the garden markers the plants came with but I knew I would never remember what everything was without them. I was about to order these from Amazon when I saw a bucket of scrap tile from our bathroom reno and I had a light bulb moment.
Why scrap tile?
Honestly, it was something I already had and knew it would hold up being exposed to the drip line everyday. I considered making wooden stakes, but felt they may not hold up very well to water. I figured I would try this out and if it didn’t work I could buy some.
DIY Scrap Tile Garden Markers Materials
DIY Scrap Tile Garden Markers
Dig out your scrap tile from a recent renovation. I had a whole bucket of chevron tile from our shower. If you do not have any scrap tile on hand, you could pick up a sheet of mosaic tile from your home improvement store. I recommend a mosaic because all sides of the tile are finished.
Remove the tile from the mesh backing. Some of my pieces came off more easily than others. I pulled off enough tiles so each plant in my garden and my herb pots would have a marker.
Use a sharp pair of scissors to trim any residue or mesh from the edges of the tile. I used my sewing scissors because they are very sharp.
Use a sharpie to write on the tiles. Make sure you let the ink dry a few minutes before you touch it and you will not have any smudges.
I made a garden marker for each plant in my garden and the herbs I have in pots.
Add your garden markers to your garden. I just shoved mine in the dirt and they stood up well on their own. Easy peasy.
See, I told you this one was super easy! I love that I was able to solve a problem and repurpose something that was destined for the trash. I made these garden markers several weeks ago and I have had no issues with the writing coming off. Also, my garden has grown quite a bit! Make sure you follow me on Instagram to see how my plant babies are doing! I am definitely no expert so things could really go any direction at this point.
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