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.
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!
And, don't forget to give your hanging plants a creative touch! Check out designrulz for 20 macrame patterns for plant hangers.