Galvanized Garden Tags

Remember when I showed you my raised herb garden here.  Well,…in my grand vision (we all have that grand vision don’t we) I’d always planned on having some garden markers.  You know how I like to have everything organized.  My garden is no different.

These were pretty easy to make, but better than that they were cheap! For over 50 markers the cost was around $20.

I was a super awful blogger and didn’t take pictures along the way (ref: previous post…there has been a lot going on this summer).  But…this is how I did it:

I started with left-over galvanized metal roof flashing.  We had almost an entire roll left from our home construction.

image via: http://www.lowes.com/

At first I tried this project with some thin copper sheeting I had in my stash from an old craft project.  While the copper was easy to stamp, the tags were just to flimsy for my taste.

Step one, I made a paper template in the oval shape I wanted.  I then traced that oval over and over, and over again onto the metal sheet.

The metal flashing cuts with a pair of heavy scissors.  My sweetie helped with this part.  I’m a weakling.  Even though I have tin snips the scissors worked better to produce a straight, non-jagged edge.  BE SURE TO WEAR HEAVY LEATHER GLOVES WHEN DOING THIS.  THE METAL IS SHARP!!!!

Then I drilled through each oval to make the hanging hole.  Next up I sanded all of the sharp edges.  For the sanding part I used my Dremel with a grinding stone attachment.

The hooks are made out of a REALLY HEAVY gauge wire, available at Lowes.  It was less than $10 for a big roll.  (It’s on the aisle with the picture hanging stuff.)  I made the hooks by cutting the wire, with my bolt cutters, to 18″ lengths.  Then I wrapped the end of each length around the table leg in my craft room to curve it into a hook.  Pliers were used to turn up each hook end so the tags wouldn’t fall off.

image from: http://www.lowes.com/

I got the steel stamping letter set at Harbor Freight Tools.  The regular price for this set is $9.99, but when I got it it was even a little less. To stamp the tags I put a piece of painters tape, long ways, across the tag so I’d have a straight line.  From there I set each tag on a scrap piece of wood and hammered each letter in.

image from: http://www.harborfreight.com/

Once the tags had their letters I went over each letter with a black sharpie marker, then rubbed off the excess ink.  This part really helped to define the print.

I am so pleased with how this project turned out.  It did take some time, several days, to accomplish each step times 50.  To me it was SO worth it.  I LOVE my little garden markers!

Have you made any garden markers recently?  I’d really like to hear how you made yours.  :)

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