May 26, 2012
Check it out… I applied the concept of my paint stick garden markers to garden stones! The wooden garden markers will deteriorate over time, but stones of course are much more durable and can be reused again and again. These stones can be used as plant markers or labels, and they add pleasant pops of color to your garden.
- Smooth stones. Any size or shape will do, but the larger the stones are, the easier they will be to write on.
- Spray primer
- Acrylic paints in various colors (you could also use any leftover house paints that you have around)
- Paint brush or sponge
- Paint Pen
- Spray can of clear protective coating
Steps to make the garden markers:
- Lay some newspaper on your table or work surface to protect it.
- Apply a coat of primer to the stones and let dry.
- Paint the stones with the acrylic paints, and let dry. I only painted the tops of my stones since the bottoms will be in the dirt anyway.
- Use the paint pen to write on the painted stones. And if you’re artistic, you might also draw or paint on some pictures to enhance the look of your garden markers.
- Spray each stone with a clear protective coating.
- Allow them to dry for a few hours.
- Place your new homemade garden markers in your garden!
A quick note: I tried using a Sharpie marker on the smaller stones since the paint pen writes pretty thick… that didn’t work out so well. When the protective coating was applied, the marker smeared all over the place! So avoid marker, and stick to paint or paint pens. I also found that if you mess up, all you have to do is apply a new coat of paint and start over!