How to Make DIY Stamped Clay Plant Labels for Your Garden

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Project Overview
  • Working Time: 30 mins - 2 hrs
  • Total Time: 4 - 6 hrs
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Estimated Cost: $25-30

Gardening is favorite activity for many, but if you're new to the hobby, have a lot of seedlings, or just can't remember what you've planted, it can often get confusing. From vegetables to fruits to herbs, keeping track of your plants is an essential part of keeping them healthy, thriving, and giving them the attention they need to grow.

Make it easier for yourself by making these simple DIY stamped clay plant labels that will help you see what plant you're caring for. This is a beginner-friendly DIY project that can be completed in a few hours and is a great way to combine your love for plants with crafts. Get started on your DIY project with these simple steps and give your garden a new, refreshing look with their minimalist design.

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What You'll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Rolling Pin
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Ruler (optional)

Materials

  • Air-dry Clay
  • Parchment Paper
  • Mini Alphabet Stamps
  • Acrylic Sealant

Instructions

  1. Start With a Mound of Air-Dry Clay

    Grab a handful of air-dry clay, enough to roll into a flat surface. If you're planning to make several labels, grab enough clay for all of them.

  2. Roll the Clay Out

    Set a sheet of parchment paper onto a working table and place your air-dry clay on top. Using a rolling pin, begin rolling out your clay mound into a flat shape. Be sure to not make it too thin because it needs to be sturdy enough once it dries.

  3. Cut With Your X-Acto Knife

    Once you've rolled the clay out into a good thickness, use an X-Acto knife to clean up the irregular edges into more of a rectangle shape. Then, start cutting the clay into smaller strips. These strips don't need to be perfect or have straight lines, as the goal is to make them look rustic and handcrafted, but you can use a ruler to make line marks to know where to cut or if you prefer straighter lines.

    Once you've made several strips, use the X-Acto knife to straighten out the strips. Cut off small pieces on one of the ends to make a triangular shape at the top of the plant label. If you have a different idea for the design in mind, feel free to customize the labels to your preference and with whatever shape you prefer.

  4. Stamp Away

    Using your mini alphabet stamps, begin stamping your clay labels with the letters that you want to create for your vegetables, fruits, herbs, or plants. Be gentle with the way you stamp, so you don't flatten out your clay labels. Make sure you don't get too close to the edges of the labels with your stamps. Again, the goal here isn't perfection—if the letters end of being a little off-center from each other, this will result in a cute, rustic look.

  5. Let the Labels Air Dry

    Once you've cut out the labels and stamped them to your liking, allow them to sit and dry on the parchment paper for a few hours until they are no longer sticky to the touch. Check the instructions on the air-dry clay package to get a better idea of how long you may need to wait.

    Being patient is a key step because you don't want to the plant labels up before they're fully dried. Doing so may cause them to fall apart, so be cautious when checking and if in doubt, leave them to dry for a bit longer.

  6. Protect the Labels With a Sealant

    To protect your labels, spray an acrylic sealant over your labels to make them resistant to water. This will be an important step as you'll be placing them directly in wet or damp soil.

  7. Pop the Labels in Your Plants

    Once your DIY plant labels are all sealed and dried, you can pop them into your plant pots or beds, wherever you need them. Enjoy a gardening season, either indoors or outdoors, knowing exactly where you planted everything.