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How To Make Embossed Plant Tags

By Xeramtheum
August 13, 2013

Among the most frustrating things about gardening are the mystery plants remaining when their tags fade away from sun and rain. The fix is embossable tags, but the cost of buying them is prohibitive if you use a lot, as I do...

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Aug 12, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Wow, I couldn't pass up on reading this Idea. I give you both of my thumbs up for this. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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This is going to save me a lot of money, because I am almost out of my other plant tags that I bought several years ago. At today's prices it is prohibitive.
I bet I could still use my printed P-touch labels on this. Hurray!

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Aug 12, 2013 6:33 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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Aug 12, 2013 7:00 PM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks .. should have included in the article to remember that this is aluminum foil and you should be very careful of any trimmings you may make and be sure to dispose of them so kids or pets can't snarfle them up.
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Aug 12, 2013 7:05 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Oregon City, OR (Zone 8b)
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Aug 12, 2013 8:38 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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I agree
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Aug 12, 2013 8:38 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Great idea! Thumbs up It has to be easier to write/emboss on these than on the aluminum tags cut from soda/beer cans.
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Aug 12, 2013 8:49 PM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Lots easier and no band aids required!
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Aug 12, 2013 9:20 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Great idea! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up

Do you stick half of the tag into the ground (with the plant)?
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Aug 12, 2013 9:51 PM CST
Name: Ann
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How do you attach the tag?
Ann

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Aug 13, 2013 5:30 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
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wonderful idea! I love the fact that the names will never wear away.

I too was wondering how to attach homemade tags or what to attach them to.
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Aug 13, 2013 6:39 AM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Thanks .. some I stick in the dirt and other I use a hole punch and attach it to the plant with twist ties and I even have some stapled to the wood on bed borders.


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Aug 13, 2013 7:04 AM CST
Name: Vickie
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Oh, that's cool. I like the twist tie idea. I might try that on some of my woody shrubs.
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Aug 13, 2013 9:29 AM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Aug 13, 2013 10:17 AM CST
Name: Peter
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This is a sound idea and I am certainly going to try it.

I wonder if you rubbed the embossed name with india ink on a sponge(wearing gloves) and then wiped the top, whether the ink would stay in the embossed writing?

Any other colours, like copper?

Anyway, thumbs up for this and for the clear explanation with photos. Well done and thanks,

Peter Thumbs up
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Aug 13, 2013 10:28 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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I bought these years ago (2009)

http://www.gwestern.com/shop/i...

Only problem is that if it's not embossed really clearly/hard, you can't read it later on as the aluminum just mangles. Mulch & aluminum tags don't go together very well due to the mulch squishing the aluminum into illegibility. And it's not very prudent for me to attach the tags up high because then I have to remove them from my roses when I prune them in the spring. So they didn't work well for me unfortunately.
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Aug 15, 2013 12:29 PM CST

Great idea!! Thank you.
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Aug 17, 2013 7:13 AM CST
Name: Nancy
West Central Wisconsin on the (Zone 5a)
very very clear instructions for a 'visual learner'! thanks so much! I have used IMPRESS-O TAGS for years and they get quite expensive! Thanks again..
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Aug 17, 2013 7:56 AM CST
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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You're welcome!
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Nov 5, 2013 10:02 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing. Thumbs up Thumbs up Group hug Evelyn
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Nov 9, 2013 1:54 PM CST
Name: Cherie Morris
Reeders, Pennsylvania (Zone 5b)
Love this idea but how about adding a colored craft stick or a loop made from a bent coat hanger into the aluminum duct tape "sandwich" before sealing and cutting? That way you have something sturdy to poke into the ground.

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