Stamped & Beaded Garden Marker Tutorial
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Supplies Needed for Your DIY Garden Markers
- 10" Zinc Garden Markers (or I found some at our local Bachman's garden center)
- 18-gauge wire (or thickness to fit your beads)
- Assorted glass seed beads (size 6/0 "E")
- Decorative Silver-toned beads (Butterfly and Dragonfly found at my local Michaels)
- Metal Alphabet Stamps (I used 1/4" stamps for the markers in the photo.)
- Hammer, small pliers/wire cutter, pencil, tape, and ruler.
- Acrylic sealer - optional
How to Make Stamped & Beaded Garden MarkersStart by stamping your labels. You'll need a hard durable work surface. If you have a steel bench block, great. Otherwise find a concrete floor or patio. Masking tape works well as a guide for letter placement. These metal markers are pretty soft and this so I only needed a few taps to get a good impression.
I usually find the middle of my word and stamp this letters first working out from the center. (And apparently it's harder to spell words backwards, go figure! So take your time.) I found that 10 letters (maybe 11) was about all that fit on these zinc markers without moving to smaller stamps. (I'll be looking for a smaller alphabet set before tackling "Strawberries.")
After you've stamped your marker, string assorted beads on the wire to a beaded length of 5 1/2 to 6 inches. I worked with my full wire roll rather than cutting it. I had less trouble with beads sliding off the other end that way. To shape the beaded wire, wrap around a pencil 3 or 4 times. Carefully slide the coil off the pencil.
Attach the cut end of the wire to one corner of the marker. (See photo below.) Loop once around the wire frame then wrap the wire around itself 2 or 3 times. Cut.
Now cut the wire from the roll leaving a long enough tail to fasten to the opposite corner of the marker. Repeat the loop and wrap process to finish. Shape the wire coil as desired.
Depending on the type of beads you used, a coat or two of acrylic sealer might give some added protection against the elements.
These stamped and beaded garden markers went together very quickly, but the time to make a while set will depend on the size of your garden:) You could also use these to label specimen plants in your landscaping. Or, wouldn't one make an adorable miniature Welcome sign for a Fairy garden?
If you make some of your own, tag me on Instagram or share on Facebook. I'd love to see your creations!
Thanks for stopping by today!
I first shared this Garden Marker DIY project with Landeelu readers on June 18, 2015.