Easy DIY Garden Markers Made from Clothespins

Easy DIY Garden Markers Made from Clothespins

4 clothes pins on sticks used as garden markers

I’ve been busy puttering outside and planting some early lettuce, carrots and radish in the garden. To keep track of what’s planted where, I wanted to make a few garden markers. They’re nothing fancy but they were really inexpensive and ridiculously easy to make, plus they’re cute.

Yes, they’re clothes pins that I painted and attached to a stick from the yard. I used the leftover exterior green paint that I used on my garage door last year and simply wrote the name of the seeds on each using a waterproof Sharpie.

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I was going to find a way to put some pretty lettering on them but there’s not much writing room on a clothes pin, and I wasn’t sure how it would hold up with the weather, so I just kept it simple and went with the Sharpie. Just for fun, I dipped a couple pins into white paint to add a little stripe.

stick with 3 painted clothes pins on it used as garden markers

The possibilities are endless and it’s a fun project to do with the kiddos.

clothes pin used as garden marker with butter crunch bibb written on it

Like I said, not fancy, but fun and functional and it only cost me $1.59 for the clothes pins. If they only make it one season it’s not a big deal. I can make more next year or to try something else.

With the garden taken care of, we can turn our attention to hanging outdoor cafe lights (to light up the garden).

A quick update:

My garden markers actually made it through the season quite well. I’ve gotten quite a few comments about using a Sharpie and having it fade but I didn’t run into any issues. As a matter of fact, I’m using my markers again this year. Love them!

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Have you been able to plant anything in your garden yet? Would you make your own garden markers?

Thanks so much for stopping by! 


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  1. Monday,April 13, 2015 / 7:37 am

    I am not a gardener. However I have gown petunias and a couple hard to kill indoor plants in the past. I love the results of gardening but I seem to have a black thumb. LOL Great idea with the clothespins.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 14, 2015 / 12:37 am

      Thanks Debbie. I love to garden but it is harder to grow certain things in Florida. We could never really keep a garden when we lived down there (so maybe it isn’t your black thumb 😉 ). It’s great to be able to grow tomatoes again.

      Hope you have a great week!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 14, 2015 / 12:33 am

      Thanks Shirley. Hope you have a great week!

  2. Tuesday,April 14, 2015 / 5:23 am

    This is an adorable idea! I’ve made all sorts of plant markers over the years and one that I haven’t perfected is one for my tomato cages marking the variety. I intend to use this idea this spring.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,April 15, 2015 / 2:41 am

      Thanks Paula. I’ve tried different thing too and I’m hoping these will hold up. Hope you get to make them and they work for you.


  3. Wednesday,April 15, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    I love this idea. Clothespins are so much fun to paint and make things from. I’ve used them for magnets and to display photos but never thought to use them in the garden. I love the color and whimsy they add. Thanks for sharing this idea!
    Cheryl @ 22 Applegate Lane

    • Kristi
      Thursday,April 16, 2015 / 12:08 am

      Thanks so much Cheryl. Clothes pins are very versatile and it helps that you get get them so inexpensively.

      Thanks for stopping in.

  4. liferedesign101
    Wednesday,April 15, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these! i have tried many different garden markers and never really liked any of them. I am totally do this. It is easy and cheap and therefor right up my ally! I also use clothesepins and colorful sharpies to decorate little paper holders for my desk- Mail, Bills, Receipts etc. Some just have my name on them. I love clothespins because they really open and shut and hold things. Thanks for the inspiration, Michele ( from Favorite Thursday Things Blog Hop)

    • Kristi
      Thursday,April 16, 2015 / 12:11 am

      I’m so glad that my garden markers inspired you. They really are great for so many different things and the fact that they’re so cheap helps a lot. 😉
      Thanks so much for stopping in from Favorite Thursday Things Blog Hop.

  5. Wednesday,April 15, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    Kristi ~
    What a great idea! I have a lot of these hanging around and I will them to good use with this idea! Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,April 16, 2015 / 12:15 am

      Thanks Debi! I appreciate you dropping by today.

  6. plutrell
    Thursday,April 16, 2015 / 11:42 am

    I love clothes pins! You can do so many fun things with them and this is one more great idea. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

    • Kristi
      Friday,April 17, 2015 / 3:31 am

      They are so versatile, aren’t they Pam? Thanks to all of you ladies for hosting such an awesome party.

  7. Thursday,April 16, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I might need to be making these for my mom for mothers day since she can’t ever remember what she planted in her garden. Coming from Feathered Nest link party

    • Kristi
      Friday,April 17, 2015 / 3:33 am

      Ooooo, that sounds like a great Mother’s Day gift. My husband never remembers either. I drew a garden map for him last year. Thanks so much for stopping over from Feathered Nest link party.

    • Kristi
      Friday,April 17, 2015 / 3:34 am

      I would love to share. Best of luck with your blog. 🙂

  8. Monday,April 20, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Thanks again for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Stopping in to let you know your cute little garden markers will be featured on Tuesday Treasures! Stop by and take a peek!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 21, 2015 / 1:36 am

      That’s great Debi! I will certainly stop in to take a peek. Thanks so much!

  9. Tuesday,June 7, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Omgosh, I love these! Such a crazy smart idea and easy to make as well. Thank you so much for sharing your project with us at Merry Monday this week!

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 10, 2016 / 1:50 am

      Thanks, Marie. They were so fun to make. 🙂

  10. Emma
    Thursday,June 9, 2016 / 9:33 am

    Love these! what a cute iea to try 🙂 Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

    • Kristi
      Friday,June 10, 2016 / 2:11 am

      Thanks, Emma. Such a fun project to do!

  11. Sunday,April 8, 2018 / 7:05 pm

    Clever idea for gardening.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 10, 2018 / 3:45 am

      Thanks so much Maria!

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