Sunday, April 17, 2011

Garden Craft - Aluminum Can Plant Markers

Still not gardening.  Time for a garden craft instead, something that is useful, attractive and made from recycled material - aluminum can plant markers.
I recently bought this gorgeous Rosemary plant at Sage Garden (one of my favourite places).  It's in our dining room right now, but it will find a home outside this summer.  The sign is made from a recycled pop can.

Here's how...
  • Wash out a used soda can.
  • Use a utility knife to cut off the top and bottom of the can.
  • Flatten the roll of aluminum you have left by rolling it the opposite way of the natural roll.
  • Once it's flat, cut out whatever shape you prefer.
  • Use a ball point pen to write the name of the plant on the shiny aluminum side - push hard.
  • Turn it over and trace the lines of the word to make it pop out on the shiny side - push hard.
  • You may have to trace the lines several times to get the desired effect.
  • You could also engrave instead of embossing by reversing the process (start on the side of the can with writing (remember to write backwards/mirror style so the word comes out correctly on the viewing side)).
  • Add whatever designs you'd like.  My son thought the dots around the outside added a finishing touch.
  • Punch a hole in the top.
  • For the hanger, cut up a wire coat hanger to the desired length.  
  • At one end make an S hook.
  • Hang the sign on the S hook, bend so the sign won't slide off.
  • Voila - you have a beautiful plant marker.

I didn't cut myself once!  It's really not as bad as you might think.

We also made a ton of plant markers out of white plastic containers.  It's super easy, as shown in the picture below, just mark and cut.
These are great for marking all those seedlings in my basement.  A Sharpie works great. 

1 comment:

WolfSong said...

D'oh! I didn't think to use a utility knife when I did the markers...I used scissors. Yeah, next time, I'll use a knife. I'm sure it'll be a lot easier on the hands!

Love the recycled pop can signs! Great idea, and look good too. :-)