It was a whopping 3 degrees outside the other day which, if you ask anyone who experienced this brutal winter, is a huge, mega, massive win. I swear I saw people roaming the streets in shorts! What I’m getting at you ask? Spring is on it’s way. I can feel it. It’s in the air. Which means that it’s now time to get started on those gardens. And step one on that garden to-do list? These DIY gilded garden markers, of course!

MaterialsSculpey white clay
Adhesive size
Gold leaf
2 small paintbrushes
Gold paint marker
Gold floral wire
Wire cutters

step-1Roll out a ball of clay on a flat surface, into a smooth, flat layer about ¼” thick. Use a knife to cut out 1 1/2” x 1 3/4” rectangles and place these on a cookie sheet. Poke a hole in the center of one end of each rectangle with a chopstick or pencil.

step-2Bake the clay rectangles for 15 minutes at 275°F and let cool.

step-3Paint the sides of each clay tag with adhesive size and let dry for 10 minutes until tacky. Press gold leaf onto the sides and brush off the excess with a dry paintbrush.

step-4Write the names of each herb onto each clay tag with gold marker.

step-5Cut the gold wire into 7” lengths and curl one end down. Slide on a tag and curl up the end of the wire hold it in place. Stick a tag in a each plant pot.

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography 

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