It's happening! Gardening season, that is. Before you know it, you'll be up to your eyeballs (or at least your shins) in fresh herbs, vegetables, and more. Mind your peas and corral all that mint you're growing with these charming DIY garden markers — they're all made from things you probably already have around the house.
1. Plastic Figurines
Want to be the coolest mom or dad on the block? Task your kids with creating these cheeky garden markers from The Shopping Mama. Have little ones paint plastic animal figurines (they're usually about a buck or two at a dollar store, if you don't have any already), then you can write the plant names with a white paint pen. Bonus: The kids will get a kick out of how the animals seem to "guard" the plants in the garden.
See the steps: Safari Animal Garden Markers at The Shopping Mama
2. Terra-Cotta Pots
There's no reason to cry over a broken pot! Just because you might not be able to use them to hold plants doesn't mean you can't still use them. Steal this idea from Caitlin over at Hardly Housewives and use a marker to write plant names on the lip of the pot. Then, just bury the broken pieces into the soil.
See more pics: Herb Garden at Hardly Housewives
This idea from Pam over at Simple Details is a lot like the one using broken pots, only it features bricks instead. Just use a black Sharpie or a paint pen. To make the labels stand out even more, you could also spray paint the bricks white before you write on them.
See how the markers hold up in nature: Brick Herb Markers on theSimple Details
4. Wooden Spoons
If you're even halfway good at drawing, this semi-artsy DIY from My Garden Your Garden is for you! Using random wooden spoons as your canvas (you can usually get some extras at dollar stores), sketch illustrations of your garden's goodies (and their names) with fine-point markers and use the handles as stakes.
Admire them: Made Some Markers For My New Garden at My Garden Your Garden
5. River Rocks
Take a lap through your yard (or an afternoon field trip to a nearby river or hiking spot) and look for a bunch of smooth rocks. Then use these garden markers from Devin Gable, a blogger at West Valley Moms, as inspiration to paint your own. Just make sure you clean the rocks so that your paint goes on nicely.
See the steps: DIY River Rock Garden Markers on West Valley Moms Blog
6. Wine Corks
As if you needed us to give you a reason to open another bottle of rosé! Put those excess wine corks (we know you've got 'em!) to good use by sticking them on the end of bamboo skewers and using a marker to add labels. Note: These are small, so they'll work best with plants that won't grow too large.
Steal the instructions: Wine Cork Garden Markers at Cambria Wines
For this simple DIY from Kristi over at Chatfield Court, you just have to paint wooden clothespins any pretty color you'd like (we think a bright pink would look awesome in an overflowing green garden!). Then use a maker to write directly onto the clothespins and clip each one onto a stick before you shove it it into the soil.
Read more: Easy DIY Garden Markers on Chatfield Court
8. Paint Sticks
If you don't have a bunch of these already, you can usually get a few for free at your local hardware store. Ruth from Living Well Spending Less made these with acrylic paint (which holds up well against all sorts of weather conditions) and some puffy paint (remember puffy paint?).
See more: DIY Rainbow Garden Markers at Living Well Spending Less
9. Scrabble Tiles
Keep track of what you g-r-o-w by recycling every wordsmith's favorite board game into clever tiled markers. Katie at The Homespun Hydrangea found a huge bag of extra Scrabble tiles for $4 and glued them to craft sticks. You can do the same by raiding your game room or checking eBay and Etsy.
See more pics: DIY Scrabble Tile Garden Markers Craft at The Homespun Hydrangea