Metal Stamped Plant Labels DIY Mint

Metal-Stamped Plant Tags from Hardware Store Finds

Here is a modern take on metal stamped plant markers, which can also be used to label trees.

Metal Stamped Plant Labels DIY Mint

An espaliered apple tree is the perfect way to grow a number of varietals of fruit in a small space.

Metal Stamped Plant Tags on espalier apple tree

On my tree there are 6 different kinds of apples on 6 different grafted branches: Fuji, Braeburn, Red McIntosh, Gala, Jonagold, and Gravenstein. Most varieties of apple require pollination by another variety that flowers at the same time to set fruit. For example, McIntosh cannot set fruit by itself but it will pollinate other early-blooming varieties such as Gravenstein. So while I may not be jazzed about Red McIntosh as an apple, I like having a branch grafted on my espalier because it serves its purpose well.

Gravenstein Apple plant tag

What didn’t serve its purpose well were the brightly coloured plastic tags that identified each branch.  You can see them in the background of the pea trellis project. Ick! A trip to the hardware store provided the supplies and inspiration to make more modern and subtle tags with some washers, galvanized wire, and a metal stamp set.



metal stamping supplies for plant tags


1. Using the permanent marker, mark small dots on the washer where you want your letters.  If you position the letters along the bottom, they will read upright when hanging.

DIY Metal Stamped Plant labels from washers

2. Don your earplugs (hearing safety first!) and put the washer on the steel block. Choose a letter stamp and position on the first dot.  Hammer hard without moving the letters out of position for about 10 strikes.  That was the magic number for me to get them deep enough.

3.  When the name is complete, colour in the newly stamped letter with the marker and then scuff off the excess with the steel wool.  This will darken the letter and help it to stand out.

4. You can either hang the washer now with some twine…


Metal Stamped Plant Tags for espalier apple tree5. …or make a stake from the metal wire for ground plants: cut a length of wire 6 inches longer than you want it to stand above the soil.  Bend the bottom of the wire with the needle-nose pliers into a v-shape.  This will create stability in the soil.

How to make Metal Stamped Plant Tags

6. Curl the top of the wire around the washer into a decorative shape, again using the needle-nose pliers.

Metal Stamped Plant Tags DIY Oregano

7. Use your plant tags to identify fruits, herbs, or just about any plant you want to remember the name of.

Metal Stamped Plant tag DIY Mint


If you like the idea of growing your own espalier fruit tree, visit your local nursery in the winter (or when they are dormant).  Since dormancy is the best time to plant a new tree the stock levels will be more available.  It will take a few years before you start getting fruit but don’t be discouraged.  When they do start to produce it’s a joy to have beautiful edibles as fences or on a trellis, to dress up a space and feed your family.  Plus they are easy to pick and prune when kept low to the ground.

Espalier Apple Tree Fence at Community Garden

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. Lauren
    LaurenJuly 7,12

    Superb idea! I am wanting to get a garden started soon and it’s great to run into this idea before I start!

  2. Kerry
    KerryJuly 7,12

    Love this idea! Beautiful and very practical.

  3. Kat
    KatJuly 7,12

    So simple and so cool. I love long lasting tags for shrubs and trees. This might be just the excuse I need to spring for some letter stamps.

  4. Stevie
    StevieJuly 7,12

    Thanks, Kat, Kerry & Lauren!

  5. Renee
    ReneeJuly 7,12

    Very cool! Your blog has such good ideas.

  6. jenn
    jennJuly 7,12

    Ah! This is such a great idea. I’ll head to Lee Valley next week to get the stamps. Also, I’m so jealous of your espalier…one day when I have a house instead of a condo. I love your projects!

  7. josie
    josieJuly 7,12

    i really like these! we already have washers hanging off some of our baby fruit trees to weight them down- this looks really clean cut. ill have to try this out.

  8. Suzanne
    SuzanneJuly 8,12

    These are so cool! I would love some of these for the garden. Thanks for sharing the tute!

  9. Susan Tomlinson
    Susan TomlinsonJuly 19,12

    Fabulous idea.

  10. Kylee from Our Little Acre
    Kylee from Our Little AcreJuly 20,12

    I am SO doing this! I always wondered where to get what you needed to do these things. Thanks so much!

  11. Helen at Toronto Gardens
    Helen at Toronto GardensJuly 20,12

    What a cool idea, Stevie! Now I want to run right out and get that stamping kit!

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