DIY Plant Markers from Recycled Bottles: What did you use to cut the plastic?

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DIY Plant Markers from Recycled Bottles

By Dinu
January 13, 2015

The simple re-use of an old plastic bottle as plant markers.

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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 13, 2015 12:21 PM CST

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Dinu, a facebook member asked what did you use to cut the plastic?
Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jan 13, 2015 10:40 PM CST
A pair of full metal scissors. It's an old little pair, an indispensable tool in my desk. The ones with plastic handles [modern] are not recommended because at times, we get thick areas to cut. So with hard pressure, the handles may snap. I have grown up with this pair of scissors and my favourite. It has done thousands of dollars of work for me! I'll try to look for an image of it later. Some plastic bottles are thin and those can be cut with normal craft scissors, but one has to be careful not to use if too much pressure is needed.

Sorry I did not think of it while writing the piece. It never occurred to me that someone may ask!!
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SeasideGdn
Jan 18, 2015 2:39 PM CST
Light colored or white venetian blind slats have worked well for plant stakes for me. Just cut the length you need with scissors if it's plastic and cut at an angle to more easily stick in the soil. Check for them at thrift stores and garage sales.Use black felt tip markers or no. 2 pencil for marking. Lasts a couple of years in my seaside garden.
Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
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Dinu
Jan 18, 2015 10:41 PM CST
During my early days in the internet and exposure to gardening matter online, I used to see in awe people discuss about 'venetian blinds' for plant markers. These blinds are very costly here and were not affordable in homes much. I know they are used a lot in the US and so over time they get old and people replace them. As such they get a lot of such stuff for re-purposing. 'Thrift sales and garage sales' are non-existent here. We have to buy new 90% of the time. Rarely people resell their smaller items. In my case, I have to find other things instead of v/blinds. I love those blinds very much. I've done a few more types of markers which I'll be sharing on this site when time permits. Simple ones like that one.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. ~ GB Shaw, 'Adventures of the black girl'

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