Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink

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What a treat to be a guest blogger today at Alderberry Hill.
My name is Jennifer and I began my blog,
six years ago. I’m a life long needlewoman, an avid rubber stamper and card maker, a dig-in-and-get-your-overalls-dirty kind of gardener, and a pastry chef wanna-be (hey, a girl can dream) and animal lover extraordinaire.
Spring has finally arrived (did I hear everyone shout FINALLY!!) and here in Southern Ontario I have been busy putting in my vegetable garden. Once all the seeds and seedlings were planted I wanted to be sure to mark the varieties of veggies so there was no mistaking what was to be growing and where. Hence, I needed to whip up some garden marker signs. With chalkboard art being ever so popular I created some markers that have the chalkboard look but the lettering won’t wash away in the rain.
These garden signs were such fun to make. Let me show you how I made them.
raw+boards Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
If you happen to have an old picket fence that would work great for the boards.  Wood pallet boards would work great too.  I dug out from under the deck some very weathered 1″ X 4″ boards (knot holes and all) and cut them approximate lengths, rounded one end and cut a point in the other to go in the ground easily.
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Next, grab a can of chalkboard paint (Black…not green).  A can of matte spray paint will work great too.  Paint the boards and let them dry.
lettering Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
I have horrendous handwriting so I used stencils and a white paint pen to outline the vegetable lettering.  Definitely do it freehand if you are gifted with the art of penmanship. 
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I filled in the letters with a fine paintbrush and a little white acrylic paint.  Then I got brave and with the white paint pen I freehanded a scroll flourish and drew an outline around my sign.
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Now the last step:  paint a picture of the vegetables.  I freehanded the veggie pictures using the seed packets as picture inspiration.  These were all painted using acrylic craft paint.   This was such fun.
beans Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
Time to go “plant” my signs.  The garden looks pretty stark and bare at the moment but slowly I’m seeing the seeds beginning to sprout.  Do you think maybe the garden markers will encourage the veggies to grow?  Ha!
beets Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
It was only recently I realized how MUCH I love beets.  Seriously!  They are a very neglected vegetable.  I have great plans for my beets so I surely do hope they will grow well.
cucumbers Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
My cucs haven’t sprouted yet but I’m watering and talking to them daily.  Let’s hear for cucumbers!  Grow baby grow!
peppers Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
This year I planted green and red bell peppers. 
roma Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
We had a heavy frost shortly after I planted my beefsteak and Roma tomato plants.  I lost a few plants and have had to replant quite a few tomato plants.
peas Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
Besides the main garden I have several of what I call “tub gardens”.  Peas are just starting to sprout in this container.  I’ll be putting up the net for them to climb on very soon.
squash Guest Post: DIY Faux Chalkboard Garden Markers from Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink
I have two varieties of squash: orange winter squash and Patty Pan summer squash.  Look!  They’ve begun sprouting!  YAY!
If you are a gardener I’d love to see and read about how you mark your rows.  I had a blast making these garden signs.  In another month or so when the garden is in full swing I’ll post photos of the garden with the signs doing their job with their vegetables surrounding them.  I’d love it if you’d like to follow me at Thimbles, Bobbins, Paper and Ink.
I want to give a HUGE thank you and shout out to Sarah for inviting me to be a guest blogger here at Alderberry Hill. Sarah, this is truly a sweet honor and I’m thrilled to share with you and your readers.

 

And super thanks to you, Jennifer for guest posting…I appreciate it so much!

Comments

  1. This is just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! I love the white swirls and dots that just sort of finish the edge and of course the bright painted veggies and cute stenciled font! We just planted our first garden, I better get busy and make some markers! Yours are absolutely adorable!
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  2. What an excellent and adorable idea! I never would have thought of that, but it’s a cute way to identify what you’ve got in the garden. :-)
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  3. Those are PDC, pretty darn cute, so I’m gonna stop over to pin.

    Bliss
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  4. Wow. These are cool. Nice project for the garden. Thanks for showing how, Sarah.
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  5. I delight in, cause I discovered exactly what I used to be having a look for.
    You have ended mmy four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you
    man. Have a great day. Bye
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