Who else loves DIY plant markers as much as we do?
Consequently, we make new ones each year using items we already have at home. After a quick look around the house, I chose left over paint sticks from a previous project.
Now that we have a toddler, I let her paint them and I absolutely love how they turned out!
The Maternal Hobbyist Tip: Some other ideas include popsicle sticks, wooden spoons, canning lids, extra bricks or tiles, tree branches, skewers topped with a cork, scrabble tiles, clothespins, and kid’s plastic figurines.
TO MAKE DIY Plant Markers, YOU NEED:
- Paint Sticks (From any local hardware store)
- Acrylic Paint (We use this set for numerous crafts)
- Black Permanent Marker
- Old Newspaper to cover the workspace
1.) First, tape down old newspaper or craft paper to cover the workspace. If your toddler is helping, tape the paint sticks down to the newspaper on one end so the paint sticks don’t move.
2.) Second, let your toddler choose the paint color. Squeeze a small dab of paint onto the paint sticks, one color at a time. (Avoid doing all colors at once, or it will inevitably turn brown.)
3.) Third, to help build motor skills let your child practice using the paint brush to paint.
Because our toddler is one, I quickly learned she liked using her hands best. (Supervision required so they don’t try tasting the paint.) As a result, it became a sensory activity as she squished the paint around in her hands.
4.) Next, allow your child to paint the sticks until they are fully covered.
5.) Also, if you’re doing this with your kiddo, set the entire project aside to dry while you wash your toddler’s hands.
6.) Furthermore, remove the tape from the paint sticks and separate them. Allow them to completely dry. Use the permanent marker to write the name of each plant.
7.) Finally, place your DIY Plant Markers into the dirt next to each plant accordingly. Miss 1 was happy to help put these into the dirt. Here’s how they turned out.
I’d love to hear your creative ideas for DIY Plant Markers in the comments below. Once you make these, please tag us on Instagram so we can share your project with others.
More EASY CRAFTS FOR KIDS:
Another great Spring craft for kids is this Wax Paper Suncatcher craft.
MORE FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS:
Above all, you’ve got to check out our most popular kids activity which is this Blooming Puddle Paper Flowers activity with free printable.
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