Fondue Forks as Plant Labels

Fondue Forks as Plant Labels

Fondue has always been one of those things that seems great in theory but isn’t usually worth the effort in the end. Which is probably why so many fondue pieces end up at thrift stores! So, when I spotted one set of fondue forks after another, I knew it was time to repurpose a few.

kitchen utensils at a thrift shop

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Sometimes I see newer sets of forks, sometimes older. But they’ve always called out to me for a project, and today’s the day I finally did something about it!

thrifting for fondue forks

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Now, some of you may remember an older project of mine that used a larger-scale fork– specifically used for grilling.

DIY garden signs with grill forks

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And today’s project is somewhat related, but even easier to make! So, let’s get right to it.

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Upcycle Idea for Fondue Forks

In the end, this is the set I decided to craft with. They were newer, with bamboo handles and tiny rings in different colors so that each one was slightly different. Easy to tell apart during a fondue party!

craft project with fondue forks

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I figured that these fondue forks would work delightfully as plant labels for potted herbs! Not that I really need to label my plants, but I love touches of whimsy in a garden setting.

fondue forks for a garden craft project

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But they’re just the perfect size and shape for it!

First, I decided to paint the bamboo handles. And I decided to match the paint colors to the colorful rings that were already on the fondue forks.

repurposing some fondue forks as herb markers

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Thankfully, I already had close-enough color matches in my paint stash.

I did, however, decided to leave a little of the bamboo showing on each handle. So, I taped off the ends and gave each handle two quick coats of paint.

repurposed folgers coffee tub for drying paint

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And yes, I repurposed a coffee canister full of dried lentils as an easy way to allow the paint to dry without laying the forks down.

Next, I used a white paint pen to write the names on each fork handle. Since I tend to grow the same herbs each year, permanent paint was perfectly fine for me.

writing the names of herbs on plant labels

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Last, and once the plant labels dried, I brushed on some satin clear coat to protect the paint and labeling- and that was it!

herb markers from fondue forks

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My handwriting on projects always prove that my projects are homemade, LOL. Sigh…

Fondue Forks as Plant Labels

I have to admit, this isn’t my most clever project of all time- it’s pretty straightforward and not a never-seen-before idea! But it really is a great way to upcycle those fondue forks that make their way onto thrift store shelves.

fondue forks as plant labels

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And, of course, you could certainly use chalkboard paint and a chalk pen if you wanted to change the names each year. But you’ll have to keep your plant markers safe from the rain and elements if you do- just something to consider.

Since my herb purchases are pretty standard year in and year out, permanent ink was perfectly fine for me.

herb labels from a thrifted find

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Besides, I have that other set of fondue forks in my stash now if I need to add more plant labels!

Bonus alert- today is the second Wednesday of the month which means my blogging gal pals have been creating their own projects, too! I hope you’ll check out what they’ve been up to, as well.

repurposed projects with thrift store items

1. Fondue Forks as Plant Labels or Herb Markers – Sadie Seasongoods (that’s me, you’re already here!)

2. Restoring an Outdoor Lantern – Our Southern Home

3. Upcycled MCM China Cabinet – Shop at Blu

4. Candle for Mother’s Day – Domestically Speaking

5. Thrift Store Lamp Refresh With Paint and Rub-on Transfer – My Repurposed Life

6. Succulent Letter Planter Arrangement – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

7. Spray Paint Faux Succulents – Petticoat Junktion

8. Vintage Metal Lunchbox Planter – Organized Clutter

Think you’ll be keeping an eye out for fondue forks (or grill forks!) next time you go thrifting? And if not plant labels, what do you think you’d make with them?

If you enjoyed this idea for plant markers, then you may enjoy my first version of them from a few years ago. Can you guess what I upcycled to make these decorative (and functional!) little toadstools?

diy plant markers from vintage shoe trees

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Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. Super cute idea Sarah!

  2. This is super cute Sarah and perfect for planters!!

  3. Suzanne Edinger says

    Sarah, I see these all of the time and what a fabulous way to repurpose! Pinned!

  4. Such a cute idea! Love the colors!

  5. I just love all your recycle tips. I love to thrift and see if I can find some of the things you have made. I am starting to make more yard art. LOL. I filled up my bed spring from a few years ago, with new stuff for the birds to add to their nest. It’s fun to watch them pull out what they need and it entertains my cats too.

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