Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Spoon Plant Markers

It's that time of year when the herbs in the garden are abundant. These plant markers made from spoons are a great way to make your garden even more beautiful.

Here's what you'll need to make them...

SPOONS: I bought mine at the flea market for $1 each. I used iced tea spoons because the handles are longer, but you could use any kind.
PAPER
PENCIL
PAPER TOWELS
FINE TIP BLACK MARKER
MARKERS IN VARIOUS COLORS: I used Bic Mark It
BROWN PAINT: I used Folk Art acrylic paint in Burnt Umber
DIAMOND GLAZE OR MOD PODGE
SEALER FOR EXTERIOR USE

Start by tracing around the spoon so you know the size your image needs to be.

I then used my fine tip marker to draw a simple sketch of my herbs and write the name of the herbs. You could skip this part and just use clip art off the computer if you want.


Next, add some color with the markers.


Gently tear away the paper around your image. Make sure it fits inside the spoon (if it doesn't, then gently tear away more paper).


Now, you could leave the image as is, but I like to age mine a little. I take a damp paper towel and dip it in a little of the brown acrylic paint. I dab off most of the paint and then do a light wash over my image. Practice this first on a piece of scrap paper so you don't get the image too dark.



To age it a little more, I dip my paper towel back in the paint and without dabbing most of it off this time, I wipe it along the edge of my paper.

Put some Diamond Glaze or Mod Podge in the center of the spoon and attach the image.


Spray it with a protective sealer and stick it in the dirt! 




Here's one I did last year. I just painted the spoon with enamel paint.

79 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I love it :)

    The Farm Girl
    www.thefarmgirlrecipes.blogspot.com

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  2. wow! what a fabulous idea! these are darling and so fun! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  3. SO FUN! Thanks for sharing! :)
    www.shelstring.com

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  4. I love these - just love them. Thanks for sharing. Tone

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  5. What a pretty idea! I just found some cute spoons at a flea market this last weekend. I thought I might frame them.
    -lynn

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  6. I am a newbie on your blog and love it and love that you take the time to show everything you do!!!

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  7. I love this idea!! I found it via TeaRoseHome's link party, and i'm glad I clicked over.

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  8. I absolutely LOVE these and plant to feature them next week!

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  9. How cute! I bought some metal stamps to do some, but that is hard work, this is easier and cuter!

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  10. These are really cute! I'm always looking for new ideas with spoons & you did a great job!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  11. These are soo adorable! I have seen marker spoons before, but never like this. So unique!

    Coley
    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  12. LOVE this idea!!! Gonna have to try it!!

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  13. So cute! I'm stopping by from Sweet Peas & Bumblebees.

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  14. Of all the ideas I've seen this one is my favorite.

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  15. Okay, these plant markers are even cooler than the thumbnail would suggest! You drew the pictures! AKKK! That is Awesome! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  16. Thanks you so much for sharing this neat idea. Everyone sees those boxes of flatware in the thrift stores but you are the idea person. I will never pass them by again. I will truly try this. Thanks again. Ginger
    I am a new follower. Please come by to visit.

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  17. What a cute idea!

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  18. Wow! I am in love with these! What a great idea! I'm thinking these are on my to-do list!

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  19. so cute

    I am just reminding everyone about tonights link party that runs Friday evening through Mondays!
    I also have an ongoing give away link party now too.
    Hope to see you soon.
    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/
    come strut your stuff

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  20. Why you are just so clever! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

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  21. Wow! Such a beautiful and original soon planter project! I absolutely love your hand-drawn images and the way you antiqued them.

    So happy to have discovered your blog through the linky party at Truly Lovely!

    New follower & fan,
    Jenn

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  22. Great idea!! Thanks for linking up to Sassy Sites! XOXO!

    marni

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  23. I have been seeing so many spoon markers, I have to say that yours are my favorite. Adorable!

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  24. Great idea!! I hate how craft sticks start growing mold when in the soil. Thanks so much for linking this up with My Favorite Things Party!Be sure to check out my Giveaway Sunday(a new one each week)!
    XX
    ~Iffy~
    www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com

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  25. You are so talented! I love how these look, if I could get anything to grow I would need these! Thanks for sharing this at Fantastic Friday.

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  26. These are so charming! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/plant-markers-from-old-spoons/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here:
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  27. What a great idea! I love how you drew those...they look so quaint and elegant. And they go outside?!? Great job!

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  28. I featured your spoons on my blog today. Take a peek!
    http://thehomelessfinch.blogspot.com/2011/06/fun-stuff-from-blogs-and-feature.html

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  29. These look wonderful. I'm inspired!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  30. So pretty! Great job! My herbs still aren't planted yet this year. :( I've been struggling with deciding where and need markers before I plant...thanks for the inspiration! These are beautiful!

    Roeshel

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  31. Lovely idea! I'm gonna try it soon...You have a very inspiring blog.

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  32. Now that my dear is adorable! You gave me another idea in place of what you did. I will have to try it first and let you know. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. So gorgeous! I love the aging effect and the paintings are beautiful!

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  34. Love the spoons Kari! You have been selected as one of the winners of the Mommy Cal app giveaway! Send me an email with your contact info and itunes email when you get a chance so we can get your app to you! Thanks so much for reading along! Have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  35. Absolutely stunning!

    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/06/calling-all-crafters-13th-edition.html

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  36. What a cute idea, I adore it! Thanks so much for linking up with us. We appreciate it!
    Britney
    www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

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  37. What a neat idea! Great way to make your garden unique :)

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  38. Love this idea! I'm featuring this on the A2D Inspiration Files (Monday afternoon post). Thanks for sharing!!

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  39. I am a new follower I like your style
    KAT

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  40. these are absolutely beautiful! I love them

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  41. These are so pretty... who would have thought that spoons could be so pretty?!?! You are so talented - I really love this idea!!!

    I stopped over from J&Ms Strut Your Stuff link party where I've linked up too, pop on over if you get a chance.

    Hugs, Antonella :-)

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  42. Oh love this all the way! So cute!
    Sherry

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  43. These are stunning! I hope you will share at my party!

    www.cherishedbliss.com

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  44. Delightful! and what a great way to make use of all the spoons available from the thrift shop. Going to make some today! Visiting you from Coastal Charm.

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  45. Love these. Thanks for sharing :)
    Jeanette

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  46. These are so pretty!! I love the stamped kind too, but it's not something everyone can do...but these are!! Thanks for sharing :)
    http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

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  47. these are gorgeous! makes me want to plant a late herb garden just so i can make these. :) hehe.

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  48. Wow. These are amazing. At first I thought they were stamped but I love that you drew the art for the spoons.I would be thrilled if you shared this project at my link party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party_28.html

    Thanks for the creative inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

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  49. love this! it's the pictures that really make it something different, something not seen before. great idea, and great job!

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  50. What a wonderful tutorial. I love this idea..
    smiles...Tammy
    Popped over from Coastal Charm.

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  51. Thanks for the idea! You did such a nice job.

    Buffie
    http://scrappingwithbuffie.blogspot.com/

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  52. Too stinkin' cute!!! And you are quite the artist! Your herb drawings are fantastic. :)

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  53. this is SO DANG CUTE and very very creative!!!! thank you so much for sharing and for linking up!!!

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  54. I've never seen them done with sketches on them...

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this evening!

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  55. That is awesome! I would love for you to link up Thursday to "It's a Party"!
    www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

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  56. Love this!! I have seen a few herb markers similar to this, but I love your "illustrated" ones best!

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  57. What a fun idea! Love how it turned out!! :)
    Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  58. Thanks for linking up at my party! What a fantastic project too! I'll be highlighting these spoons this week and I hope you can stop over again!

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  59. Goodness you are clever! These are so adorable! I love the distressed nature of them alongside all that fabulous fullcolor detail. So cool.

    Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 88. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150297099791141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  60. Now that is cute!! And pretty doggone clever too! I will be stealing...uh borrowing! Best, Vicki

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  61. Love the spoon garden markers! Thanx for the tutorial...quite creative. I am your newest follower. Hop on over and visit me sometimes...Tiffany

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  62. Love, love, love... from the Silverware Queen.

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  63. These are really cute. I usually just stick the seed packet on a stick till they come up. This will look a lot better (-; Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

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  64. I went back to see this blog as I have been gardening all day and this caught my eye. I am now pocketing this idea to take with me!

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  65. Thank you for sharing this idea and your brilliant tutorial.
    This is exactly what I was looking for.

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  66. Great idea, just picked up a bunch of old plated silverware from the GW... now I know what to do with them!

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  67. Sweet project! I tint my ModPodge when I want that antiqued look. Just pour the amount of ModPodge you think you'll be using into a separate container, then put a few drops of your brown paint into that, and stir it up! You now have your antiqueing AND ModPodging done in one step.

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