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Hand stamped plant markers

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I have a small addiction to San Pellegrino sparkling fruit drinks, especially in the Summer months. The only problem with this is our recycling bin is full of empty cans. I’ve been looking for ways to recycle them and made some hand stamped plant markers for the garden. I don’t have the greenest fingers but this is a great craft for the garden which anyone can do.

Time to make: 30 minutes

You will need:
Empty drinks can
Tin snips
Metal alphabet stamps
Centre punch

How to make hand stamped plant markers:

I used a Dremmel to cut the top and bottom from an empty drinks can.

hand stamped plant marker

I wiped the can with a wet wipe to remove any metal residue and also make sure there was no sticky-ness from the drink.

Next I used a pair of tin snips to cut the remaining piece of metal open and into smaller pieces. I experimented with a variety of shapes including rectangles and circles.

hand stamped plant marker

I chose the letters I needed and stamped them using a steel bench block, brass hammer and alphabet stamps. I went for the random look and stamped a couple of plant names on my metal tags.

hand stamped plant marker

To finish them off I used a centre punch to make a hole, threaded with Bakers twine and hung from my plants.

hand stamped plant markers

My top tip is not to hammer the letters too hard. The aluminium is really thin so if you’re not careful you can go right through the metal! Let me know if you try these yourself.

hand stamped plant markers


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    July 13, 2015 at 10:09 am

    What a great idea and a fun way to decorate the garden – thanks for sharing.

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    July 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

    They look gorgeous, like something you would buy from an exclusive gift shop. Such a great idea.

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