DIY painted tile garden plant markers

Because I’ve been feeling crafty.

And because I can’t remember what I put where without referring back to my garden layout sketches.

Handpainted Garden Plant Markers

Here’s how I made mine…

You’ll need:

  • Tiles
  • Acrylic Paint (Outdoor paint will last longer, but isn’t necessary)
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray
  • Tile adhesive
  • Sticks or pieces of wood for stakes

1. Paint whatever you want to be on your tile plant markers using the acrylic paints. It may take a couple of coats. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

2. On a sunny day, take your painted plant markers outside where there will be adequate ventilation. Cover the surface of each tile with a thin layer of acrylic sealer. Allow it to thoroughly dry before adding three more layers of sealer. Don’t spray so much that it runs, just enough to coat, being sure to let it dry well between coats.

3. Using tile adhesive, attach the painted tiles to a stick or piece of wood to use as a stake. I just used some scrap pieces of wood leftover from another project. Let the glue dry overnight.

4. Stick your awesome new plant markers in your garden, step back and enjoy! These should last for several years before you will need to touch them up with another coat or two of acrylic sealer.

Mine are by no means perfect, but I think they’ll add a little charm to my garden. I had a box of old white ceramic tiles I picked up for free somewhere years ago, and thought they would be just right for this project. I also made several of these for my herb bed using half-tiles.

Hopefully these markers won’t be the only pretty things in my garden this year!