Let’s Play Name Those Herbs!

plant marker from a butter knifeMid-May has arrived and any threat of frost has passed (finally!) Time to plant your garden outdoors!  Nothing better than fresh herbs and vegetables all summer but the question always comes up (in my house at least)… what is the name of that herb again?

Here’s a great way to use some old silverware for a new purpose.  You may have some worn looking yet still beautiful silver plate flatware around your house or shop thrift for a great piece or two. Turn them into name markers for your outdoor plants or add fun little sayings to liven up your garden!

Materials Needed:
  • old knives and/or spoons… silver plate works well for an aged look and stainless steel will give you a cleaner look
  • alphabetical metal stamp set available at your local craft store in the jewelry supply department for around $20
  • hammer
  • black sharpie marker
  • paper towel or rag
  • metal dapping block, a block of wood or something hard to protect your work surface
Here’s how:
1) Decide what to stamp – We chose herb names: Basil, Parsley, Thyme, etc., but you might stamp sayings or messages. Keep in mind word length and the size of your stamping surface.
2) A knife will give you a large flat surface on it’s blade to stamp. If you want to use a spoon, you’ll have to flatten the bowl first. Hit the bowl of the spoon on the wrong side repeatedly with a hammer until it is flat. Be sure to protect your work surface with the dapping or wooden block.
3) Plan your word spacing. Hold each letter right side up and double check the letter direction before proceeding. Place the letter stamp on the stamping surface (your knife or spoon) and give it a couple good whacks with the hammer. Watch your fingers!
4) After you have stamped the whole word, color in the letters with the sharpie and immediately wipe away the excess. The ink will stay in the depression of each letter and make it stand out.
Voila!  Your garden will feel so special!­ 
Click here for a printable version of this repurposing project.

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