Here is a super cute and personal way to make your garden even more attractive, especially when working with heirloom tomatoes, beautiful basil, delicious cilantro, fresh mint, calming chamomile and more. They are also great gifts for family, friends and colleagues who garden with love too!
Tools & Materials
- Stamping Checklist
- Large craft sticks or plain wood.
- Spray paint in the color(s) of your choice.
- Blanks of your choice. I used the Aluminum Large Mod Plaque. I chose Aluminum so it wouldn't rust or oxidize in the elements.
- Letters and Design Stamps of your choice.
- Epoxy Glue
- Gilders Paste
- Super Fine Steel Wool
TIP: The colored craft sticks shown in the photo faded almost immediately. We recommend spray painting the craft sticks or plain wood so the color lasts longer.
- To stamp your blanks, follow the instructions in our FREE Online Class, Stamping On Metal.
- Darken the impressions using Gilders Paste. I chose gilders paste because I thought it would last longer than Sharpie ink, especially since these will get hit by the sprinklers on a daily basis.
- Immediately after applying the gilders paste, use a tissue to wipe the excess paste from the surface (leaving it in the impressions). I used steel wool to remove the excess gilders paste because I wanted a slightly brushed look. The small hands of an 11-year-old work great for this step! :)
- Use epoxy to affix the blanks to the sticks. Let them sit for 24 hours to fully cure.
- Plant your garden! Throw those ugly plastic stakes out and label your plants with your fancy handmade ones.
- Water, weed, repeat... then EAT!
And you know what comes next...share! We would love to see your gorgeous garden and what you created to personalize it! #beaducation
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