With summer well under way, I decided it was now or never when it comes to garden crafts. I have this kind of garden obsession, so much so that I beg the hubs every day to let us move to a house with room for a big garden so I can live out my suburban homestead fantasy. How could anyone say no to a backyard full of barnyard animals and compost piles? Amiright?
Anyway, I learned the hard way that it pays to keep track of what you plant where when sowing your seeds. See, when I was a gardening newbie, I literally tossed some seeds in a hole and then waited for something (anything! please!) to pop up. The only problem was that two months after planting, when you finally have some hearty seedlings, they all look exactly the same. This may be common knowledge to some, but every green leafy twig looks just like every other green leafy twig. So day after day I would come inside, covered in dirt and sweat carrying some very respectable-looking veggies only to ask my husband “what do you think this is?”
Any thus these DIY garden markers were born.
- Preheat oven to 275
- On a piece of parchment paper, roll clay to 1/8 inch thickness
- Measure and cut Sculpey into strips about 1/2 inch wide x 4.5 inches long (as you can see, mine weren't too exact)
- On one end, cut a blunt point (this end will stick in the soil) leaving the other end flat
- Starting with the first letter, dip the alphabet stamp in a small amount of water then blot off excess. You want the stamp to be just wet enough to pick up the gold powder evenly but not enough to pool in the corners. Err on the dry side.
- Dip stamp in gold powder and stamp the clay, gently rocking in all directions to get an even impression.
- Continue doing this for the rest of the letters
- Place Sculpey (still on parchment) in oven and bake for 7 minutes (Sculpey instructions say 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thickness, so I simply divided by two to get 1/8 inch. Adjust as necessary). Be sure to consult the instructions on your polymer clay package as they may vary depending on the exact type/brand of clay you’re using.
- Remove from oven and let cool completely before using