Throwback Thursday: Stamped Soda Can Plant Markers

It just occurred to me that I really should have taken a photo of these this year, before I put them away for the movers to pack.  They still looked fabulous, if I do say so myself!  I was surprised that even the twine and skewers made it through the winter and spring, considering we had more snow and rain that pretty much ever. Anyway, on with the how-to (these were really fun to make!).

Yes, if it doesn’t move, I’ll stamp it. Actually, I’ve stamped on my hooligans cheeks for parades, so I guess that means I’ll stamp it even if it does move!

Way back before Christmas, I won an online giveaway at Northridge Publishing’s blog…some alphabet stamps for metal that I’d been craving. And it’s a good thing I won them, since for Christmas, my GI Joe thought a cast iron grill pan was the equivalent of metal stamps. Go figure.

Anyway, I needed some markers for the herbs in my Leaning Tower of Pottery that I made and posted about in May.

To make them, I first cut open a soda can (I used a seltzer water one so it wasn’t all sticky and needing to be washed). I flattened it out a bit, then it was easy as pie to use the Modern Label punch from Stampin’ Up! to punch out a bunch of labels.

Next I stamped the names of the herbs on the labels, using my letter stamps and a hammer. It’s pretty technical. Not really. After stamping the names, I punched 1/8” holes in either end with my Crop-a-Dile.

For some, I used kitchen twine to tie them around the rim of the pot, but it was even easier to use bamboo skewers to make these stakes. Please ignore the dying basil. Apparently it’s not a great idea to leave your plants to thirst for water while you go on vacation. But who knew it was never going to rain again in Wisconsin?


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