DIY copper plant markers
Finding plant markers that can withstand sun, wind and rain is a challenge. And you want them to be attractive, easy to make and reusable year after year. These cheap, durable plant markers are the perfect solution. Don’t limit yourself to the shapes shown here. Be creative!
When working with a soldering gun or torch, keep a fire extinguisher or a bucket of water close by. It’s better to have it nearby and not need it.
Remember that the metal stays hot for a while after it’s been heated. Handle finished pieces with pliers until they cool.
36-gauge copper sheets
Paint marker, extra fine, black
Coloured paint marker (optional)
Clear enamel spray
Side cutting pliers
Small rubber or plastic roller (optional)
Soldering gun or mini torch (larger torches are not recommended for this small project)
Solder and flux
Incombustible soldering surface
Fine sandpaper, 220-grit
Fine steel wool
Make your own paper shapes and cut about 3mm from the edges. Tape them to the copper sheet metal. Cut the copper along the outline of each shape using a scissors. Sand sharp edges. Punch any holes desired with a paper punch. Flatten each shape with a roller, rolling pin or even a glass bottle on a smooth surface.
Write plant names
Place the copper shapes on a soft pad (such as a dish towel) and write plant names with a blunt pencil. Use a black paint marker to write within the indents, making the names more prominent. Decorate the edges if desired.