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Make Spoon Garden Markers on a Budget

Use old thrift store spoons, Mod Podge and your favorite scrapbook papers to make garden markers your neighbors will be jealous of. These spoon plant markers are so inexpensive and look so cute!

DIY spoon plant markers

I’m so jealous of those of you that have fabulous outdoor gardens. Sure, I love the place I live and my patio, but I wish I had a better garden for sure. Gardening, especially weeding, relaxes me – I feel accomplished.

I believe outdoor spaces are just an extension of your indoor spaces, so naturally I like to decorate outdoors as well. I remember from my childhood that my mom used to make garden markers out of old silverware, so I decided to try it myself (well, for some of my patio plants).

She used to etch in the metal somehow, but my “skillz” aren’t that advanced, so I just decided to improvise with Mod Podge Outdoor.

It’s perfect for decoupage projects that need to last in the sun and rain. So what I’m saying is, these spoon plant markers will hold up for a long time. Learn how to make them below.

Spoon Garden Markers

Gather These Supplies

  • Thrift store spoons
  • Mod Podge Outdoor
  • Spray paint
  • Scrapbook paper and embellishments
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
Step One

This is a project all of your neighbors are sure to love! Go outside and hammer the spoons to flatten them (just the round end). It makes a loud pinging sound, which is pleasant. Better yet, do this at 2am.


You’re ready to spray paint – use a strong, outdoor paint and get both sides.


Trace your garden markers onto some scrapbook paper.


Cut out the paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I cut a little bit inside the pencil line so that some of the painted spoon could show around the edge.


Decoupage the paper to the spoons and let dry.


Add any embellishments you like – adhesive letters in my case – and then  paint a layer of Mod Podge Outdoor over the top. Give it several coats so it’s really durable! Let dry for 24 hours before putting outside.

How to make garden markers from thrift store spoons

You’ll be surprised at how these delightful spoon garden markers will look and how they will hold up. Maybe it’s just me, but I think these are the best looking plant markers on the block.

I can I say, all I paid for was the spoons. The rest of the supplies were procured from stash diving. Whee!!

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