DIY Garden Markers with Canning Lids21. June 2016
Here's a tutorial for DIY Garden Markers using canning lids and canning jar labels. This makes a nice eco-friendly craft if you reuse your old canning lids too.
I was in drastic need of new garden markers. The copper wire markers I have are pretty messy looking. It's difficult to clean the china marker writing off the marker which makes it hard to read. I purchased cheap plastic garden markers a few seasons ago, but most of the ends snapped off in the ground.
DIY Canning Lid Garden Markers Tutorial
1. HANDWRITE ON LABELS & APPLY TO LIDS
I had my super awesome husband apply his really amazing handwriting to my canning labels. OR, if you have neat handwriting, you can handle this yourself! I used a permanent marker on these vintage looking kraft canning labels. Just peel and stick the canning labels to your mason jar lids.
2. NAIL HOLES IN LIDS
Put an old piece of wood onto your table to protect it. Gently tap a nail into the top of the canning lid to create a hole. The hold just needs to be large enough for the coat hanger wire to slide into.
3. CUT COAT HANGER WIRE
Make 3 cuts to your coat hanger with a wire cutter. Cut the bottom once in the center of the hanger. Then cut each side of the hanger about an inch above where it starts to curve to create a hook.
4. BEND WIRE TO FORM HOOK
Use needle-nose pliers to bend the end of the wire to form a hook.
5. HOOK LIDS ONTO WIRE
Slide the decorated canning lids into the nail hole, and hang in your garden.
NOTE: Since these are paper canning labels, they will wear off in the garden over time. You could add a sealant to help keep them more water resistant.
You can reuse the lids year after year and apply new canning labels too. Just soak the old lids in water for a few minutes until saturated. Then the old paper label will slide right off the lids. Apply a new canning label, mark the hole, then hang in your garden.