Upcycling Crafts for Garden Markers or Plant Labels

Upcycling Crafts for Garden Markers or Plant Labels

Let’s face it- most gardeners don’t actually need to use some sort of garden markers or plant labels in their garden. They know what they planted and plant tags seem a little unnecessary. But, there are tons of upcycling crafts for various garden markers and they look AWFULLY cute in your garden!

I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter.

Whether you’re a novice or a Master Gardener, garden markers and herb labels are fun to make, add character to your beds, and cause no harm. So why not make some?

You may recall that I upcycled some wooden shoe trees into plant labels, and they add so much charm to my herb garden!

diy plant markers from vintage shoe trees

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Most herb plants or vegetable plants are pretty green, without much color. But plant labels like these add bright pops of color which I happen to adore.

I’ve also upcycled some thrifted fondue forks as garden markers. They’re custom-made for this upcycle, aren’t they?

fondue forks as plant labels

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

So, I’ve gathered together a collection of upcycled garden ideas for plant tags and herb labels for you to file away! Simply click on the square pictures below to get to the original DIY tutorials.

Upcycling Crafts for Garden Markers or Plant Labels

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See, what did I tell you? SO MANY AMAZING IDEAS for garden markers!

Whether you need plant tags for your veggies or herb labels for your herbs, I bet there is a upcycling craft in this collection that speaks to you! And quite possibly, a recycling idea that isn’t even represented in this collection.

And you know what? It can be something SUPER SIMPLE, too. Like using some wooden coffee stirrers in a pinch.

plant starting tray with a muffin pan

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Whichever upcycled garden ideas for garden markers you go with, just remember that it will need to be able to get wet- either from rain or your garden hose! Other than that, the sky is truly the limit! 

If you enjoyed this collection of upcycling crafts for plant labels, then you might also enjoy this thrift store project with lampshade frames, too!

hanging herb baskets from lampshade frames

Image credit: Sadie Seasongoods.

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. There are so many great ideas for the craft!

  2. Tara Eason says

    The last set of pots you used to transplant your herbs what size pots did you uses ? I have to tell you that I just love this idea and can’t wait to try it.
    Thank you for this.
    One last question about how long in between transplants? Thank you again for all your help and information. Tara Eason.

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