Rustic Hand Stamped Copper Garden Markers That Will Jazz Up Your Garden

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This week, while browsing the garden section at my local garden center, I came across a package of copper plant markers and decided to pick up a pack and make something cool with them. I mean really, what gardener couldn’t use a few more garden markers, right?

Things You’ll Need:

  • Copper plant markers
  • Letter and number stamp set
  • Mini jewelry hammer
  • 1 fine point black Sharpie pen
  • 2×4 wooden board
  • Vinegar
  • Salt


First, figure out what you want stamped on your markers. This time around I chose to do fun little quotes like Fairies Welcome, Plant Grow Blossom , Secret Garden and Perennial Herbs.

Making a set of plant markers for the various flowers or herbs you have growing in your garden would be pretty nifty, too. If you want to make a set as a gift, you can always personalize the markers as well. The possibilities are limitless.

To get this party started, grab your 2 x 4 and lay your copper plant stake across the wood. Then place the letter stamp on the copper and using your jewelry hammer, tap the stamp into the copper plate.

This is what your copper plant marker should look like once you’ve stamped your saying across it.

At this point you’re probably thinking “this isn’t going well, it looks lame.” But hang in there. It gets better!

After you have all your copper plant markers stamped, lay them in a solution of 3 parts vinegar 1 part salt for two hours.

Pull the plant markers out of the solution and let air dry.

Pretty cool, eh? But we’re not finished quite yet.

Using your fingertips, gently brush away any extra patina or salt that has built up around the lettering. Next, use a black fine tip Sharpie to fill in all of the indented lettering.

Voila! And that, my friends, is how you make the coolest garden markers ever!

Keep calm and garden on,


All photos courtesy of Mavis Butterfield

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