Tongue Depressors turned Garden Markers – Just say Awwww

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I am sure I am not the only person on the planet who has a stash of things that, upon collecting them, where JUST what was needed for that ONE idea. Seems that I am quite good at collecting, but not always so good at completing.

I’ve moved over the ocean twice in the last 10 years – and I can honestly say that it did help me to clear out a LOT of those things… but there were a few that just had too many things that they could become and I hung onto them… and packed them over the Atlantic TWICE. Why? You’ll have to ask my therapist.

One of these things is a small box of wooden gizmos- stars, hearts, wooden spools, wooden pegs and a rather strange collection of Popsicle sticks and tongue depressors. Bits and pieces that I’ve gathered from other projects, garage sales, and even an occasional Popsicle.

In search of a much needed gift for some gardening friends, I dug into my stash recently and painted up a few garden markers. I’m no artist, but I love to paint.  And these guys were crying to be put to good use.

It’s a simple project that can be completed in an evening. So simple in fact that there are really no instructions, just a few tips to make it go smoothly and to insure that they will last at least one season.

  • When base coating your sticks – it helps to either hold them with a spring loaded clothes pin. This way you can paint both sides (and not too much of your fingers). If you have a brick of styrofoam or florists foam around, you can poke the end of the clothes pin into the foam while the stick dries.
  • When painting your letters, it helps to print the words out in the font of your choice. If you don’t have any carbon paper, simply color the back of the paper with a pencil. You can then outline the letters and the pencil will transfer onto your base coated stick.
  • Finally, make sure that you seal your finished product with at least 2-3 coats of poly-urethane type clear coat. You can use clear spray-on top coat or the brush on style. Just make sure you get all sides well covered and allow them to dry completely.
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