Easy Clay Garden Markers

Learn how to transform bakeable clay into these easy and customizable garden markers for indoors and out.

Every spring without fail, I get the gardening bug. It's a good kind of bug where I watch the snow melt and the earth begin to awaken after a long slumber. I scour seed catalogs, plan my gardens, and even begin potting herbs up on the windowsill that I will eventually transfer to the garden after the danger of frost has passed.

Create Clay Garden Markers

Create Clay Garden Markers

Try adding the clay markers to your windowsill garden.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Each year, I also create new garden markers for the season. This year I thought that it would be fun to create some customizable ones out of bakeable clay. We had some left over from a school project and it was the perfect easy project for a very rainy spring day.

For this craft you will need:

Create the Shape of the Clay Garden Marker

Create the Shape of the Clay Garden Marker

Roll out the clay and then press in the shapes of your choice.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

  • bakeable clay
  • small metal "cookie cutter" shapes
  • rolling pin
  • dried floral stems for texturizing
  • small letter stamps
  • bamboo skewer
  • oven
  • cookie sheet 
  • wire coat hanger
  • wire clippers
  • pliers
Press a Dried Floral Stem into the Clay Garden Marker

Press a Dried Floral Stem into the Clay Garden Marker

Add texture to the garden markers with dried floral stems.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

I chose a copper colored clay for my markers because I love the look of copper in the garden. Begin by working the clay between your fingers and hands to soften it. Roll it into a ball and then roll it out flat on your working surface. Push the metal shape into the clay to create your shape.

Add a Label to the Clay Garden Markers

Add a Label to the Clay Garden Markers

Give the garden marker a name with small lettered stamps.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Next, take a small bit of your dried floral selection and gently press it into the clay and remove it. This creates a bit of texture for the background.

Completed Clay Garden Markers are Ready for Wires

Completed Clay Garden Markers are Ready for Wires

These markers are ready for wiring and use.

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

Then with the small stamps, press the word into the clay. With the bamboo skewer, make a hole in the garden maker for hanging. Lay the garden markers out on a cookie sheet and bake according to the clay's packaging.

While the markers are baking, take apart a wire hanger. The piece that lodges into the cardboard tubing is already a perfect hook for hanging. Simply cut this hooked piece and straight wire from the hanger. Once the markers are cool, add one to each hook and put them to use in your garden.

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