I’ve blogged before about my love for gardening – but that post is a few years old. Now, in my new house, we’ve got our own garden to contend with but also a little less space to work with than before. Because of this, I’ve placed a bunch of my herbs in some awesome colourful pots and set them up along the border of our back yard.
Now, if you’re anything like me and love herbs but just can’t seem to keep track of which is which, I’ve prepared a simple tutorial about how to create some cute little herb garden markers using old spoons, a little elbow grease (and a vice grip + propane torch) and a set of metal stamping letters.
First thing’s first, we needed to flatten the spoons. The spoons were found at our local Value Village (or thrift store equivalent) and cost about $1 for all 4. My husband has a vice grip in the garage, so I enlisted his help to flatten these babies out. It turned out to be a little more difficult than originally thought, but if you’re reading this and planning on making some of your own, you’ll be able to fast-track to the easier way of doing things. We had a propane torch and found that heating the spoons up to an unreasonably hot degree flattened them out much easier. Be sure to wear safety equipment as this can get HOT!
From there, the metal stamping was simple. I prefer to have my metal stamping a little off-kilter. I think it gives it a more home-made look and adds a little charm. A good rule to live by when metal stamping is to try to hit ONCE as hard as you can. As soon as you start hitting the letter multiple times, you’ll end up creating shadowing letters. One mistake I made was hitting my thumb pretty hard in the middle of a word which gave me the fear for the next letter. You’ll see on the ‘Oregano’ spoon that the ‘A’ has been stamped many times.. this is becauseI hit myself on the ‘G’ and was to scared to hit the letters hard after that.
Once all of the letters are stamped in, darken them up a bit easily by colouring them in with a sharpie marker. Once you’ve coloured around and inside the letters, simply rub off any excess ink with a damp paper towel.
Next, place your new metal stamped garden markers into your pots and watch your garden grow in the happy glow of knowing that you won’t be confused by your foliage again!
Heat the spoons up to flatten easily
Use a vice grip for an even 'flattening'
stamp letters - hit each letter hard just once
rub permanent marker all over the letters and rub of excess with paper towel