Clay Plant Stakes For Rosemary

You’ll Love Making These Simple & Pretty Clay Plant Stakes

Now that I’ve been gardening for quite a while I don’t need plant tags to identify what’s growing in my garden. But it certainly doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy making them and displaying them! These clay plant stakes are made from air dry clay and rubber stamps.  They can be used to identify herbs or add a personalized message when giving plants as gifts.DIY Clay Plant Tags for Herbs

I can imagine these clay plant stakes would be right at home as wedding favors or table decorations for a garden wedding. They would be beautiful adorning a Mother’s Day gift, housewarming gift, or even a birthday present as well. Oh, the possibilities!All You Need is Love Clay Plant Tag

I must warn you however that working with air dry clay is incredibly addictive. Once you get started molding simple projects like these clay plant stakes, your mind will be dancing with all the ideas of things you can make with clay as you dream at night. But for now, let’s start with this simple project and see where it takes you!Clay Plant Stakes for Herbs - Rosemary

Materials

 

Make it!

Start by cutting off a chunk of clay from the block. The easiest way to do this is to use a long piece of dental floss twisted around your two index fingers, pulled taught, and used to slice through the clay. A knife will get stuck in the clay, but string or floss will cut a section clean off.

Use heavy rolling pin to roll out the clay to 1/8 inch thick.How to Make clay Plant Stakes Step (1)

Use the knife to trim the edges off the clay to form a rectangle approximately 11 inches long by 6 inches wide.How to Make clay Plant Stakes Step (2)

Using a ruler as a guide, cut the clay into seven equal strips approximately 3/4 inch each.How to Make clay Plant Stakes Step (3)

Make a diagonal cut in the center of each of the strips creating a pointed end.How to Make clay Plant Stakes Step (4)

Use a flat edge tool to gently flatten out the top inch or so of each of the strips.How to Make clay Plant Stakes Step (5)

With wet fingers roll the flattened and together to create a decorative top.How to Make clay Plant Stakes Step (6)

Use a sponge and some water to smooth out the edges of the plant tags.

Use rubber stamps with herb names, letters, words, or organic elements like leaves and flowers to decorate the plant stakes.Clay Plant Stakes for Rosemary

Allow to dry according to package instructions. When completely dry use a fine sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges and finish the plant stakes.Clay Plant Stakes for Herbs - Mint

You can use craft paints to paint the clay if you wish. Or leave them natural and give them a coat of sealer for longevity.

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Clay Plant Stakes or Gift Tags - A Fun and Easy DIY

 

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Kathie
    KathieMarch 9,16

    What a nifty idea, can’t wait to try these!! Kathieho

  2. victoria j ingham
    victoria j inghamMarch 9,16

    Love love love this I’ve seen it now so all I need is the clay an stamps and away I will go I agree they will make lovey gifts for birthdays anything thank you so much for poasting oh one question would I be able to colour them an what dye do you suggest kind regards

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMarch 9,16

      Hi Victoria, you can but clay that is white, gray, or terracotta. Or you can paint them after they dry…I will have a project showing that very soon! I haven’t tried dying the clay, but painting is easy and fun.

  3. Lesley Paquette
    Lesley PaquetteMarch 17,16

    Great Idea. I give cuttings to many people and this would be a nice touch. 2 questions…
    1. Are the fragile when dry?
    1. Can I make them smooth and write on them with a pencil or magic marker?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMarch 17,16

      Hi Lesley, thanks! Your answers:
      1. They aren’t as hard as fired clay but I haven’t broken one yet. I feel like at the thickness I suggested that they are pretty stable.
      2. absolutely! pencil, market, paint, and more!

  4. anne
    anneMay 8,16

    I followed your steps and after completion they crumbled when attempting to put in planter.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseMay 8,16

      Oh no! What kind of clay did you use? Did they dry completely? Mine still look great and I liked them so much I made some clay mushrooms for my indoor terrariums.

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