DIY Plant Labels for the Garden
Add character & whimsy to your vegetable, herb, or flower gardens this year with these affordable scrabble tile DIY plant labels.
I love finding inspiration from other content creating friends! When my friend Jen over at Midwest Life & Style recently shared scrabble tile name tags on a spring tablescape I instantly feel in love and wanted to create something similar at our home.
Instead of making name tags with scrabble tiles like Jen did, I decided to create DIY plant labels that I could use in our kitchen window box herb garden. Herbs are one of my favorite plants to grow at home during the warmer months. The fragrance they produce is delicious and there is nothing better than adding fresh herbs to home cooked meals during the summer months.
Once the weather warms here in the northeast these thyme, mint, and rosemary plants will go right into their home outside our kitchen window along with their corresponding scrabble tile DIY herb markers. You can see what our window box herb garden looked like last spring, here.
For now these herbs will be staying in their pots with their plant labels so I can transplant them into the window box once the weather turns warmer and they don’t have to come inside at night.
If you’re planting your gardens now or maybe still just planning what you’re going to plant, these scrabble tile plant markers will add whimsy & character to your garden all season long. You’ll love how easy they are to make and how cute they look in your garden!
Budget Friendly Spring Craft Blog Hop
I’m joining 5 blogging friends to bring you budget friendly spring craft ideas! There are so many amazing spring ideas in this blog hop, continue reading to the end of the blog post for links to all the budget friendly craft blog posts.
Why You Will Want to Make These DIY Plant Labels
- DIY plant markers are incredibly easy to make! Even a beginner DIY’er can make these with little experience or instructions.
- Very little supplies are needed to make plant labels. Wooden stick, scrabble tiles, and hot glue are all you need.
- These plant labels are inexpensive. I spent a total of $24 for all of my supplies and I still have plenty of leftovers to make more this year and next!
- Who doesn’t love a cute, square scrabble tile?!
- Scrabble tile plant labels will add character & charm to any garden.
- These herb markers are not just for herbs. You can easily make labels for your vegetable or flower gardens too.
How to Make DIY Plant Markers
Supplies You Will Need
- Scrabble Tiles: If you have an old Scrabble game lying around that you won’t use anymore, feel free to use those tiles for this spring craft. However, you can buy bags of Scrabble tiles on Amazon that are exactly the same as the ones in the game.
- Wooden Sticks: You can probably use popsicle sticks for these herb markers but I didn’t feel they were long enough, especially for herbs with long names (i.e. rosemary, lavender, etc.). I purchased these 15″ long bamboo sticks to make sure I had enough room to glue on the tiles and enough “stick” at the bottom to insert into the dirt.
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
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DIY Plant Label Instructions
Warm up your hot glue gun so the glue is hot when you’re ready to begin adhering the tiles to the bamboo stick.
While the glue gun is warming up, place the scrabble tiles on a flat surface and face all of the tiles up with the letters showing. Find the tiles you need to spell out the names of the plants you are labeling. Place tiles in small piles so that once you begin gluing you don’t have to search for tiles.
Take one of the bamboo sticks and place it vertically on a flat surface. Add a dab of hot glue at the top of the stick. Carefully & quickly adhere a scrabble tile to the dab. Press down for 10 seconds to secure the tile.
Continue adding scrabble tiles vertically down the bamboo stick spelling out the name of your plant. Place the scrabble tiles one on top of the other (leaving no space between each tile).
Depending on where you are placing your DIY herb markers, you can trim the end of the bamboo stick if it’s too long. I trimmed about 5″ off the bottom by simply using a pair of kitchen shears. The bamboo is very easy to cut.
The fun part! Place your DIY plant markers in the garden next to its corresponding plant and enjoy the charm your homemade labels add to the garden.
How long will DIY plant labels last?
This is a tricky question! I have not made these before so I am not entirely sure if they will last the season or not. These plant markers are made with real wood so they may show wear in the elements over time.
I plan to use mine in our kitchen window box which does have a little cover from the roof above, which may help these labels last a little longer.
These plant labels are incredibly inexpensive and easy to make that making more would not cost much money or time at all!
More Spring Ideas on the Blog
Be sure to continue to the end of this blog post for more budget friendly spring craft ideas from my friends.
You might also enjoy these spring blog posts from me:
- 3 Ways to Update Your Porch for Spring
- Mother’s Day Herb Tablescape
- Summer Stovetop Potpourri Ideas
- DIY Lemon & Herb Citronella Candles
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DIY Plant Labels
- 1 bag Scrabble Tiles
- 1 bag 15.7" Wooden Bamboo Sticks
- Hot Glue Gun & Hot Glue
- Warm up your hot glue gun so the glue is hot when you’re ready to begin adhering the tiles to the bamboo stick.
- While the glue gun is warming up, place the scrabble tiles on a flat surface and face all of the tiles up with the letters showing. Find the tiles you need to spell out the names of the plants you are labeling. Place tiles in small piles so that once you begin gluing you don’t have to search for tiles.
- Take one of the bamboo sticks and place it vertically on a flat surface. Add a dab of hot glue at the top of the stick. Carefully & quickly adhere a scrabble tile to the dab. Press down for 10 seconds to secure the tile.
- Continue adding scrabble tiles vertically down the bamboo stick spelling out the name of your plant. Place the scrabble tiles one on top of the other (leaving no space between each tile).
- Depending on where you are placing your DIY plant labels, you can trim the end of the bamboo stick if it’s too long. I trimmed about 5″ off the bottom by simply using a pair of kitchen shears. The bamboo is very easy to cut.
- Place your DIY plant markers in the garden next to its corresponding plant and enjoy the charm your homemade labels add to the garden.
Thank you so much Rachel!
I love using scrabble tiles around the house. This is a cute idea and I’m sharing a link on my Sunday, Dirt Road Adventures.
Thank you Janine!
Thank you Melaine! Happy Spring!
Thank you Rachel! Yes, they will look so cute in my kitchen window herb box!
My pleasure! They were so fun to make!
What a fun and cute idea! My family has the hardest time identifying our herbs. I so need to make these markers!
I love these so much! Happy spring!
These are such a cute idea!! I love the use of them for herbs.
Thanks for sharing and what a cute plant label.
Thank you Annie!
Thank you Renae!
Thank you for the inspiration Jen!
These are so cute! I love them!
Such a great idea. I love this.
Thank you so much friend for the sweet shout, out. I love your garden markers. They turned out so cute!