With garden season almost upon us you might be starting seeds like we are. We’ve expanded the garden space and will be planting more than ever before in our backyard garden space. And when plants go in, it can be easy to lose track of what you planted where, or which varieties are doing well for you. That’s why I’m so excited about these repurposed canning lid seed labels.
I always have old canning lids on hand and while they cannot be reused in canning food, it seems a shame to just toss them. So this seed marker DIY is a simple but really fun way to reuse your old canning lids AND create beautiful and useful seed markers for the garden.
To create these you need:
- Old canning lids (don’t use your new lids for this craft)
- Paint from Lowe’s – I chose the new spring color from Valspar, New Avocado
- Seed packets
- Template circle or blank circles (see printable download below)
- Super glue type adhesive
- Valspar Laquer spraypaint
First I painted the bamboo sticks in the New Avocado color so they would blend into the bright fresh green of the garden. Use the template from the free printable to cut paper circles or, my favorite way, cut a circle off the seed packet of the plants you are planting. I love how the sunflowers in particular turned out. Use the blank templates to write your varieties or plants on them if don’t have a pretty picture to use.
Note that the glue bled through the thinner typing paper I used for my test labels. In future I will print the blank templates out on cardstock so it will be easier to glue. Glue the circle onto the lid, and then glue the bamboo stick to the back of the lid. I used the paint can to apply enough pressure to make good contact while the lid while the glue dried. I love how easily these stakes go in the ground and how colorful and cheerful they look. A good coating with the Valspar laquer should keep them sealed enough to withstand any weathering for the growing season until I replace them with next year’s seed.
Free Printable Download: DOWNLOAD THE JAR LID SEED LABEL TEMPLATE HERE
I can’t wait to finish planting the garden, can you? Spring is calling! Lowe’s has ton of great garden project and home ideas and of course you can subscribe to the Lowe’s Creative Ideas magazine for more great tips and tricks. This post is part of the Lowe’s Creator campaign and I am provided with gift certificates to allow me to purchase materials. All photos, ideas, and tutorial’s are my original work. What are you planting this year?