Make Your Own Plant Markers: Plexiglass labels

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Make Your Own Plant Markers

By goldfinch4
June 22, 2012

I was trying to think of what I could use for plant markers rather than purchase them. It gets expensive if you’ve got a lot of plants! When I run out of ideas I go ask my husband, who always comes up with something that makes me slap my forehead and say “Why didn’t I think of that”!

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jun 21, 2012 7:22 PM CST
What are you using for a stake to attach the plexiglass label to? Or did I misread your posting?
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clintbrown
Jun 21, 2012 10:48 PM CST
I think the plexiglass is the stake?
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2012 12:15 AM CST
Yes, the plexiglass is the part I use for the stake. I attach P-Touch labels to the plexiglass. It's nice that you can cut the plexiglass any size you want too. There are plenty of times I don't have a marker/stake available that is an appropriate size.
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CarolineScott
Jun 22, 2012 9:04 AM CST
I like that they are small and not obtrusive.
I hate the look of a bunch of usually white tags sticking out of the ground.
Used plastic cutlery works also.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 22, 2012 10:57 AM CST
I used to spray my white tags black, but that's a hassle too. I like the clear look a lot.
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Samigal
Jun 22, 2012 9:25 PM CST
Another great idea to add to my list! DH seems to have a little of everything around here so guess I should ask him. I may have to invest in a label maker though. Thanks for the great "how to" pictures.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 23, 2012 1:25 AM CST
You're welcome Pegi. The label maker is well worth the money, in my opinion.
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jun 23, 2012 4:22 AM CST
Thanks for sharing this idea with us. I guess it sometimes pays to save things..My DH is still looking for a tool he always used to sharpen the lawnmower blades at our former home. Supposed to be in some kind of brown bag; I had wanted him to sharpen my garden tools..Hadn't found it yet. Well, guess what July is going to be for cleaning out the garage. It's there I'm sure, as he never throws out anything that he "used to use" all the time..even though we don't have to mow our lawns now. I told him he gave the self propeled lawn mower to our daughter, maybe he gave that filing tool to her too.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 23, 2012 8:02 AM CST
Well, it's good when you can actually find a use for something that you save. Hilarious! Every once in a while I just get on a kick where I have to do a major clean out of some area. It does feel good to get things cleaned up!
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 23, 2012 1:04 PM CST
Anybody know where to get scrap pieces of plexiglass? That's something we don't have laying around, surprisingly.

I've used the p-touch labeler to label black tubing for my microsprinklers, and the printing faded out in the sun.

Would you please update us maybe at the end of the summer, as to how the black labels are standing up to the weather?
Elaine

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Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 23, 2012 1:23 PM CST
Elaine, I've used the black labels for years on other markers. Some have been in my garden for 3 years and haven't faded at all. Some are specifically made for outdoor use so be sure to look for that when you buy them.
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superbug72
Jun 28, 2012 12:29 PM CST
Excellent idea. Kuddos to your husband for a great idea.
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Jun 28, 2012 11:58 PM CST
I'll pass that along to him - thanks!! Smiling
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jun 29, 2012 4:53 PM CST
The yellow tape with black print is easy to see also. My son finally found the instruction book to his labelmaker and bought it over to me. Guess what? It's still on the D/R table and haven't had chance to look at it yet. I guess when I go to use it again, I'll see if I can figure it out.
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Bonehead
Nov 28, 2012 11:49 AM CST
I use black on clear tape with my P-touch and it is unobtrustive and has lasted well into 4 years with no fading. I stick them to the plain (fairly inexpensive) aluminium 2-pronged stakes which can be adjusted heightwise as you like, and can get two lines on the label if need be. I only label the plants in my herb garden - for my perennials I just stick a short bamboo stick in the ground as they die back in the fall so I remember there is something there.
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Nov 28, 2012 4:29 PM CST
That P-touch tape is some good stuff, isn't it! Thumbs up
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