How To Make Painted Vegetable Plant Markers Out Of Stones

Painted Stone Garden Markers for the Vegetable Garden

These adorable vegetable garden markers were made by my friend Kristin, AKA Delta Gardener. Kristin is a volunteer Master Gardener and works tirelessly with the Ladner Community Garden to coordinate the children’s garden. Between that and maintaining her large home garden and writing about it all on her blog, That Bloomin’ Garden, I do not know where she finds the time. Thankfully she does and is here today to share a DIY on making plain old rocks into super-cute painted stone garden markers!How to Make Painted Vegetable Plant Markers out of Stones

Painted Stone Vegetable Garden Markers

Are you tired of plant tags that wear out over the season? There is nothing worse than checking on what is growing in the vegetable garden to find that either the tag is illegible or, even worse, missing. I had to figure out a new and creative way to make plant tags this year. A friend approached me about the idea of painted rocks as plant markers. I love color in the garden so I decided to make them. Now, this was my first time painting rocks so here goes.

When you are choosing rocks for this project, the smoother they are, the better. It just makes it easier to get a smooth finish using paints. You can use found rocks or buy them at your local garden center.

So, what do you need to get started? I like to work with acrylic paints and have an assortment of colors. You will also need a fine-tipped paintbrush for some of the more intricate work, such as the lettering, and an assortment of thicker brushes for the larger areas. You could also buy a paint pen but you definitely have to practice with that first. I opted out and used a paintbrush as I had more control.

To begin my project, I decided to make a plant marker for my peas. I started by painting the rock with a base color of green all over. I let it dry and applied a second coat. The next step was to draw out a design of how I wanted the rock to look. I used pencil first and then went over it with a fine-tip permanent marker.

Painted Stone Vegetable Markers Step (1)

I painted the peas using a darker green.

Painted Stone Vegetable Markers Step (2)

I added some brown color to one side of the rock and painted the white lettering of the word “peas” next. Now, painting lettering is definitely a talent learned by practicing. This was my first go at it and it wasn’t easy.Painted Stone Vegetable Markers Step (3)

The good thing is that I used a permanent marker to outline the letters and if you have any imperfections the marker will cover them up.

Painted Stone Vegetable Markers Step (4)

I gave each area two coats of paint and then clear coated it with DuraClear gloss varnish. I purchase all my paints and varnish at the dollar store so the cost is very inexpensive to make these cute plant markers.

Painted Stone Vegetable Markers Step (5)

As you can see, one painted vegetable rock led to another until I completed a collection of the most standard vegetables grown. So if you see me eyeing up rocks as I go for a walk, now you know why. This is a fun project to do with your children on a rainy day.Painted Stone Vegetable Markers Step (6)

The hardest part is waiting for the paint to dry. It usually takes a couple of days to complete a marker but you can certainly do a few at a time. That way you always have one to work on.Rocks Painted as Vegetable Plant Markers

I love how the plant markers turned out, don’t you?

  1. KayleneP
    KaylenePAugust 9,13

    These are great, they give the garden more character too! Will give it a try!

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  3. Jeanie
    JeanieFebruary 13,14

    You actually could make your own clay stones…….. so simple.. plenty of instructions on Pinterest….. Love the idea…… I think I will use the idea… thank you!

  4. Jane Rutkowski
    Jane RutkowskiMarch 5,14

    This is an absolutely great idea! I don’t really grow vegetables, but this would work very well when planting seeds in the garden. The stones could also be used in perennial beds to note where certain plants are when they begin to grow again the spring/summer. Thanks so much. Jane

  5. Cocojen
    CocojenMarch 19,14

    Nice and creative ideas to keep garden clean and attractive. Thank for posting such a wonderful tips.

  6. AW
    AWMay 4,14

    Aren’t acrylics waterbased though? I want to do this, but worried that the paint will wash off. :-(

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  8. Linda aka Crafty Gardener
    Linda aka Crafty GardenerJuly 27,14

    You are more ambitious than me … I just paint the rock the colour of the veggie and paint on the name. Mine have lasted a few years. The grandkids love the coloured ones with the various tomatoes as they know what colours they will be :)

  9. Candy
    CandyMay 8,15

    This is the cutest craft, it is to bad that mothers day is 2 days away, Granddaughter and I will make them for her mom, who LOVES her garden.

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