Wednesday, May 16, 2012

brick herb markers


Another quick, easy and free project for you!
Actually, I did this two years ago.
I took a couple photos, because at the time I was thinking, "Someday when I'm more
 technical I'll start a blog."  Ha! I'm proof you can do this without being computer savvy!

I was at a charming little garden boutique and saw these for $10 each, 
I thought, "No way, it's writing on a brick!"




Mine have been in the garden for two years, through blazing sun, hail storms and snow the
 writing has worn to this faded shade. 


Using a pencil print your word on a brick and go over it with a permanent marker.


To achieve the decorative writing, put a triangle at the beginning and end of each letter.
Concentrate or your triangle will be upside down...check out the top of my 'c!'  :) 


This is what they looked like the first year, if you prefer a faded look, lightly rub over the
writing with a fine grit sandpaper.



Remember when I showed you ideas for using your broken pot in the garden.
There's mine on the right, nestled into the dirt next to my mint plant, which will soon be large
 enough to cover the empty cavern and fill the area around the pot.


Projects that deliver instant gratification are always good!
The potting bench is ending up being a delayed gratification project,
I'm still stripping and scraping!  

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40 comments:

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

I actually like the faded, aged look. What a cute addition to a garden, and would be great spread out also to identify veggies or other plants. Your mint WILL grow like crazy!

Lori said...

Such a fun touch. I've added them to my list of things to copy! Thanks for always sharing.

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

These are so cool! It might be fun to use them as name cards for the different kinds of things that you can grow in your garden.

Jill Elaine said...

That is a great DIY project! I like your easy fancy font too. And your broken pot turned out looking great too! Hmmm. I might have to break a pot - LOL!

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

I love how you can find a clever use for anything. I'm hoping to have a potted herb garden on my tiny terrace in Switzerland! Do you think the movers will think I'm crazy if I ask them to pack bricks?! :)

Brandi said...

Love this idea, Pam! Your broken pot planter is pretty neat too!

Dana Frieling said...

You just took me down memory lane. My mom used to pick fresh mint and put it in our tea when we were little...hadn't thought about that in years! Have fun stripping! Oh, that sounds kind of funny ;)

Holly said...

I always see cute things for the yard but I always think they are overpriced - this is a fun update for a fraction. My yard is so neglected - this time last year I had everything planted, weeded, trimmed, the works. Maybe this weekend.

Katie {Miss Dixie} said...

I so want a broken-ish pot for our garden after seeing yours (better be careful what I wish for!) but I love the character it adds!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Very creative and cute. It would be perfect for a garden of herbs.

Amanda said...

You are so clever! I love these!

Tracey Steele said...

I need these, because although I know which herb is which, poor husband just stands there looking puzzled when I ask him to bring something in!

Leslie said...

These are perfect for the garden! I love the look of brick and rock.

leslie

Gretchen said...

Another fabulous idea! I may have to get rid of my stakes from Burpee and switch to bricks.

Gretchen

Lisa Scibilia said...

They look great, Pam! Love your writing on them too.

ECKDesign said...

this is great!! just a permanent marker? no sealant of any kind and it has lasted that long?! I'm definitely gonna try this! =o)

Alexa said...

Oh I LOVE this idea. I actually painted some large stones for our vegetable markers. But really like this idea too!

Joanne B. said...

here I go loving you and your blog again! Almost every idea I see that you share I slapy myself on the forehead and say, "Why didn't I think of THAT?" I am in awe of the simple classic design that is your style! (What a great name for a blog/duh!). Now, have I actually TRIED any of your ideas? Well, here's where I tap dance outta that one! No time, forget the inspiration, get a case of 'who am i kidding' here and lose my confidence, etc, and NOThING gets done. Someday, some RAINY day, i promise myself I will sit and go thru your blog and make a note of what I want to do. If only I knew what Pinterest was all about... but that is a whole 'nother project!

Nancy said...

that is so cute! great idea-- I never really thought sharpie would last that long outside...good luck with the bench! can't wait to see it! Im jealous of all your time outside...Ive been stuck inside these last weeks..
xo Nancy
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SSM said...

Great idea!

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

Such a charming project! Can also see this idea being used for a quaint garden wedding sign!

Jody and Stan said...

What a great idea! I can't wait to make some today. Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Have a fun week. New Follower.

Jody

Michelle said...

I am so going to do this, I have a zillion spare bricks from my garage extension being built at the moment and feel so bad throwing them in the bin when they can be recyled somehow. I think your C looks like the devil pitchfork type style ;)

victoriantailor said...

I an having one of those,"Why didn't I think of that" moments!!!! Can't wait to do this, thanks for the idea and info!

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

I love these!!! And you have lovely handwriting! I was thinking you used a stencil or something. Adding the triangle to the letters is so cute! Love the look of these!

Jennifer@heylittlemother.com said...

Ooo, love them aged. What a cute project! I pinned it and I'm going to make this work in my garden. Thanks for sharing!

The Lovely Mrs. P said...

I love these! What a clever idea! You are such an inspiration!
Kim@madeinday
http://madeinaday.com

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

That is just so cool! I'm pinning it and then I'm going to grab some bricks I have just laying around and start writing on them with my Sharpies!

(Oh and I saw you featured at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia) ...

:)

Linda

Anne said...

Absolutely adorable! I so love this & I just found two bricks buried in a garden bed!! Thanks for the inspiration. Found you through My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia & I'm a new follower :)

Bliss said...

Stopping over from your feature at MyUncommonSliceOfSuburbia to pin your bricks. Too cute!

~Bliss~

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh this is such a great idea! Thanks for the details on how you did the writing!

Gail said...

Love this idea, thank you for sharing it, now to see how I can add it to my garden.

JunkerJunk said...

I'm going to try it Pam. Thanks!
Marty

http://junkerjunk.blogspot.com

Freda Cameron said...

I have three thinner edging bricks laid aside in my garden right now...write away, I will!

Thanks for sharing.
Freda

Kathleen said...

Great idea! Your blog is wonderful too. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Anonymous said...

I suggest testing the how permanent your markers are before you use it to mark all of your plants. I thought this up myself about eight years ago and used it to mark over 100 new, named daylilies. All the markings faded away before the summer was over and I no longer know the names of any of my daylilies. It was very disappointing.

AndiWinslow said...

I made these markers using some old bricks. I used paint. Mine are not as nice, you did a nice job but they are posted on my blog today with a "dump cake" dessert. Thank you for the idea Love them. andi thewednesdaybaker

Kathleen said...

LOVE this idea! Just pinned it for my list of "for the garden" to-do's. Thanks!

Cranberry Morning said...

I LOVE this idea, especially because I was looking for a way to mark my rows and I have a ton (probably literally) of old red schoolhouse bricks. Thank you! Pinning this.

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