Raised Beds and Raising Bedheads | Kid-tested Mom-approved Gift

One of the perks of our house is that the deck is right off the kitchen. It’s a great place to eat breakfast and lunch and the perfect spot for a potted herb garden. When our “bedheads” were little we had herbs in a raised bed garden in the back of our yard. It’s so much nicer having them right outside the kitchen door.

As I was perusing Pinterest a week or two ago I came across these adorable plant markers by Amanda over at Wit and Whistle. I love everything about the ones she made. The color, the size, the simplicity. I decided to try some as part of this series, and chose a bright color that I’m quite sure my kids would have gone with a few years ago.

I tried it died
This plant marker by Chelsea over at Sweet Thyme Design may actually be more appropriate for my garden, but I opted for a different approach. Is that hilarious or what?!

And while we’re speaking of plants, I’ve finally learned that it’s good to keep a garden journal of some sort from year to year. How else can I be expected to remember types of plants, colors I preferred, what worked in which spot and how I killed each plant? Welcome to the ugly reality of my world. FYI – hydrangeas are a very thirsty sort of little beauty.

Supplies needed for the Raised Beds and Raising Bedheads Kid-tested Mom-approved Gift Set
  • Polymer clay – one package will make 4 – 6 plant markers
  • Rubber stamps
  • table knife
  • oven
  • Thin line permanent marker
  • blank journal with write-able cardstock type cover
  • calligraphy pen – I use a 2.0 mm size in black
Making the Polymer Plant Marker

You can click here to read Amanda’s post about her plant markers.  The basic steps are as follows …

plant markers 1-2-3
Roll your clay into a 1″ ball, roll that out like a preschooler making a play-doh worm and flatten it with a rolling pin.
plant marker labeling
Spell out the name of your plant by gently pressing a rubber stamp into your clay, and using the dull side of a table knife cut the bottom of your marker to a point.

Place your plant markers on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake according to package directions. Once they have cooled, you can go over each letter with a permanent marker to make them stand out a little more.

That’s it! This is such a quick, inexpensive project that can be done by children of all ages. And it’s easy to add your own little touches by changing the labeling, or mixing colors of clay, or even the size and shape of the marker itself.

Making the Garden Journal
Garden journal scribbles
Click here to see a quick video of ideas on making a Garden Journal.

The Garden Journal is a very simple project that you add your own quotes and touches throughout. Click on the link or picture above for a quick video of how I did mine …

Tips and Tidbits that I may or may not have learned the hard way

Wash your hands before you start either of these projects. If not, you may realize after shaping the plant markers that remnants of chalkboard paint that had dried on your hands during a previous project will become part of your polymer clay. It doesn’t come out. That’s  just a hypothetical situation for you.

You may also want to read the directions on your polymer clay before throwing it in the bottom of the trash can where you can’t dig for it. Or at the very least, remember exactly which clay you finally settled on and purchased, since the baking times and temperatures vary from clay to clay. There are some great tips on baking polymer clay here at polymerclayer.com

So what color clay would you use for a plant marker? And if you have good quotes to add to a Garden Journal, we would love for you to share them.


About Beth Moore

A Christ-follower, wife, mom to 4, lifestyle blogger, seamstress and seeker of daily glimpses of God's grace and redemption.

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