Monday, April 15, 2013

Garden Markers Easy Tutorial

Do you like to garden?

Do you like to mark your rows with Garden Stakes?

Well, here's an easy step-by-step tutorial for you on making your own great Garden Markers:
These are great because -

  • You write on them with a permanent marker
  • they don't rust
  • you can use them again and again
  • they are easy to move for mowing and putting back in place
  • they also are shiny, so birds will be deterred from your garden as well as having your rows marked
So let's get to it.
  1. You need a Big Shot (#113439)
2. Garden Stakes - I got mine from Orien located in Arizona online.  These look really nice and were a good price. 
3.  Aluminum step flashing - it's inexpensive and available at home-improvement stores.  My package came with 10 sheets - lots of projects to make with that!

4.  Some Dies for cutting the step flashing.  You can choose from a variety for fun and creativity.
5.  Run the step flashing through your Big Shot with the die of your choice.  I found it best to use a "shim" for better cut edges, especially on the dies with scallops.  I used a piece of real red card stock here as a shim.
6.  Here you can see I used the Circles #2 die for the step flashing.
7.  Then I like to run my garden stake marker through the big shot with an embossing folder to add interest and a bit of "artsy-ness"  In other words - it's just plain fun.
8.  I like to add butterflies and other embellishments to my garden stake creations because it's fun and, after all, it's a garden and butterflies are something I see a lot in mine.  I use a crop-a-dile to punch holes in the garden stake marker, both for my decorations to be adhered with the silver brads, and also to attach the marker to the stake.
Some finished markers.
Hope you find this tutorial useful.  These markers are easy to make and really add a lot to your garden.
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  1. I'll add this to my list of "Wanna Tries"!! TFS Julia! They are beautiful!!

    1. Thanks. I'm so glad to hear that you're going to add these to your list. If/When you get around to making them, please let me know how they turn out!


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