Monday, May 7, 2012

Found. Pinned. Made. Done.

 I have been looking for a cute, inexpensive (emphasis on that one) quick, fun, and easy way to create some garden markers.  This is just my opinion, so in no way let it sway you, but I tend to think a lot of garden markers are a little... ugly. 
 Maybe it was growing up in the era of stapling the seed packet to a paint stick. (Which we nearly did until I put my foot down.)  Nothing wrong with that way to mark plants... but... there might be a cuter way, agreed?
  Anyway, I scoured the great collective think tank Pinterest and found this.
 I may never have to think another original thought again in my life, thanks to Pinterest.
 Anyway, I didn't measure things or make these all exact... I just jumped in and went with it.
 I had these stamps on hand- I got them at some store that no longer exists in my town, a decade ago.  I've used them for everything!  I've seen them at other craft stores since, so I know they are out there.
 Imperfectly beautiful.  Kind of like my garden.  Kind of like my heart.  (I'm just saying.)
 You'll need to purchase some oven bakeable clay.  I used white, because I liked the original version that I was copying.. but I'm guessing you could do these in any color that seemed right to you.  (White doesn't photograph so well.)
Then, pull off small pieces, and work them with your fingers until they are soft enough to roll into balls about the size of a golf ball.
Roll those out like "snakes"- you remember making snakes in elementary school right?
I placed a piece of parchment over mine and then lightly rolled them with a rolling pin, to slightly flatten the tops.
Use rubber stamps to stamp the word you want, cut the bottoms off at an angle for a pointed edge, and bake according to instructions on the box! 
 I ran outside and placed them all into my garden the minute they had cooled.
I love how these turned out.. loving how affordable they were to make, and loving that I actually did another project I'd pinned! 

Thank you Pinterest, for saving me from having to think.   Do you Pinterest?



46 comments:

  1. Very cute idea! Now I have to ask, how do you grow cilantro without it bolting right away?

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    1. To keep my cilantro from bolting right away, I just keep trimming it. I am not afraid of cutting off quite a bit! Was just at an herb 'thing' at my local garden shop and she said the same thing. Also, to store herbs, you can make a paste with them and olive oil in your food processor, and then freeze! I am trying that way to store them this year.

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  2. I love that! I wish that I had a garden so I could make some of my own. They turned out great.

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  3. Very cute idea! I don't have that big of an herb garden, but I love the idea anyways!

    Have a great day!

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  4. super cute! I have those same stamps. :) No herb garden though...and in a couple of months, no house! lol This moving stuff is really getting old!

    Need an update on you, girl!

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  5. Very nice! You gotta love when you actually do something you pinned. If I only did half of what i pinned I would be superwoman!

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  6. So cute! I have those stamps, or something just like them, from Etsy.

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  7. I bought some clay on sale for another project months ago (yes, the project never got done...no big surprise, huh?) and will be making these tonight after dinner. soooooooo cute!!!!

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  8. Great project! Have you seen the markers made out of old silver spoons? Love those and want to make some:-) Is there anything that hasn't been pinned yet..LOL! I just started on Pinterest, but I find when I get on there I can't get off!

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  9. That is adorable! I don't Pinterest because I don't facebook.
    Great job!

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  10. I love them. I love them so much I may just have to plant a small garden so I can make them... :-)

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  11. Love your plant markers and love that they were frugal. Plus, i am sure you have lots of clay leftover and you have other ideas swimming around in that head of yours. (smile) I have to agree with you though, most plant markers are ugly...maybe gawdy is more the word. In any case, yours looks right at home in your garden.
    I have seen lotsa stuff that I have pinned, but haven't actually tried the project yet. Last year I fell in love with all those white clay tags and finally went out and bought myself some clay, but never made any tags. Planning on getting a few projects and UFO's done this summer.

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  12. you should sell these! they're neat-o!

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  13. do i pinterest??? ha!! of course!! you must read my mind because one of my happy day projects coming up is pinning, then doing! so yeah!! not this week, but soon.
    anyway, i love how these turned out. i think i pinned them too :) simply and lovely. love :)

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  14. Okay, so cute! Love using the stamps to imprint the clay. I'm thinking you could do that for other things, too. I LOVE Pinterest and it can be so addicting! The number of creative and talented people out there is beyond amazing. I commend you for doing something that you pinned! What a great goal! Why just pin something and then never try it? You've inspired me to try something new.

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  15. Super cute! I love this idea! I have always liked the plant markers that are stamped metal...but stamped metal seems a little out of my league...stamped clay though, that I could handle. :)

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  16. This is super cute! I wonder how they will hold up to rain?? Love pinterest! :)

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  17. Those are super cute!! Love Pinterest, btw!

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  18. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it! I too think Pinterest is awesome!

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  19. very cute. I'm going to have to try these. thanks for sharing.

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  20. You copy from Pinterest...I copy from you. Love these AND I have the clay AND the stamps already. I am going to make some to include with an herb pot for the Mother's Day lunch I am hosting. Each Mom will take an herb home with three markers. WooHoo! Thank you Sasha!

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  21. I love this!! Just found your blog and Love it!!

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  22. amazing!!!! these are my favorite ones i have ever seen. now only to grow something. ha!

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  23. These are great! Or as my husband would say, "Very pinteresting!" ;)

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  24. Oh my goodness, these have to be the most adorable garden markers EVER!!! Thank you for the inspiration, I just have to make some!!

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  25. Just been reading your reader's comments and would like to echo Jennifer's comment about how they would be in rain? It hasn't stopped raining in England for WEEKS (it's getting boring now), do you think I could use a coat of varnish on them?

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    1. You know, I'm not sure yet... so far, so good. We get a TON of rain in the Pacific NW, so I"m really hoping they will hold up well. My thought was that they were probably going to be similar to terra cotta since they were baked clay... but what do I know. LOL SO I guess only time will tell!
      :)

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    2. Thanks Sasha, I'm going to give it a go!

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  26. Oh my heavens, these are too cute! Definitely have to create some too. I dislike the seed packet stakes as well... so I don't use them, but then have to watch everything coming up and try to remember what I planted where. You've saved me from garden chaos this year! :)

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  27. Those are so cute! I wish we could be neighbors so you could teach me to do alll these things.

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  28. Ummm...I kind of love these :-) Do I sense them coming to a little LMM etsy store anytime soon? (hint, hint, blink, blink) ;-)

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  29. I saw your first picture in the thumbnail of my blogroll, and thought for a moment you had made my faux-faux eggs! In that tiny version, the picture looked very similar to one of the ones in my tutorial ;-)

    But I love this project too! I don't have a designated herb garden, but I might just have to plant one as an excuse to do this project. I'd choose the white as well.

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  30. Lovely idea! I have the same stamps and used them with white oven-bake clay to make christmas ornaments this year. My baby's first Christmas - I made a stamp with his hand then used the stamps to write his name. These are super cute and will be perfect for my leftover clay!

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  31. I too was inspired by those garden sticks I found on pinterest. They became a fundamental part of my Save-the-Date design! look at them here: http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2012/03/meg-bryans-plant-marker-and-plantable-save-the-dates/

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  32. Totally cute and so easy! Even I can do this! Pinned and sharing all over the world. Thanks!

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  33. love this!! i was thinking to do the hammered spoon markers, but these are so cute and much easier!! thanks

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  34. I'm totally making these for my herb garden! Thanks Sasha!

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  35. I really love this! Thanks!

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  36. oops, I pinned this great idea before asking pretty please... I'm now following you on pinterest, and hope you'll follow me in return. Right now I'm looking for your great idea for the travel pillowcase, and enjoying seeing all the other great recipes and ideas. A great start to my day!

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  37. Soo cute! Isn't Pinterest deadly--ha ha!

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