It’s a cold, spring day here in Vermont, but all I want to do is get out there and put my hands in the dirt! But it’s snowing, yes actually snowing, so that is obviously out of the question! If you are feeling the itch to get growing, but can’t actually get out there yet, here’s a garden project to help you make it to a long awaited warm day full of sprouts and blooms! It’s almost here, really!
This project is another eco-friendly idea, reusing old silverware to create beautiful garden markers. It also gets some of that pent up, cabin fever energy out, by requiring you to hammer away at the spoons until they are flat. Ahhhh, now that’s fun!
For this project, you will need: a hammer, old spoons, alphabet stamps, and a permanent ink pad. I bought my stamps and pad at a local craft store, but you can also find them at amazon.
Step 1: Either find old, unneeded spoons in your silverware drawer, junk drawer, or wherever else they may be hiding or head over to your local thrift store.
Tablespoons are preferred because they will give you a nice, large writing surface when flattened. If you want larger garden markers, you might even go for serving spoons. Have fun with the treasure hunt.
Step 2: Find a hammer and an old wooden cutting board or piece of scrap wood. Place on the floor or a worktable.
Step 3: Hammer away! Keep going until the spoon is entirely flattened.
Step 4: Get out your permanent ink stamp pad and alphabet stamps. Begin stamping your names of flowers, herbs, and/or veggies.
Step 5: Give them about twenty minutes to dry, just to make sure they don’t smudge, and then you are good to go! Have fun getting ready for your lovely spring garden!
BONUS IDEA: These make great gifts! You can even use a few of your favorite short phrases like “Believe” , “Grow” or “Thank You” instead of using plant names. These little markers make great houseplant decorations as well!
Kristen Blaker is an artist, educator, and The Director of Education at Hiland Hall Gardens (HHG). She teaches growing, whether that means growing carrots, creativity, or confidence to a wide range of students. Her blog posts are inspired by work she does in the gardens. Kristen also creates her own artwork inspired by homegrown vegetables, flower gardens, interesting animals and vintage botanical drawings; you can find her collection at www.kristenbstudio.com. She lives with her husband and three young children in North Bennington, Vermont.