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DIY Garden Seed Markers from Recycled Plastic Salad Containers

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

These free DIY printable garden seed markers are made from recycled plastic salad containers. The packrat in me always kinda feel bad about throwing these plastic salad containers away so thought I’d try to make something useful from them. And I thought that the salad container plastic could make a great waterproof outer case for garden seed markers.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

This year we decided to 86 buying flowers for our deck and instead just grow vegetables and other edibles. So far Elise and I have planted tomato seeds, lettuce and basil.

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These seed markers not only help you keep track of which seeds are what but they also show plant maintenance and care including watering instructions, thinning distances, and harvesting guidelines.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

The geometric design was inspired by these pretty graphic patterns that I first saw on design*sponge and uses the super cool font Blanch from the Lost Type Co-op.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

And bonus! This project gave me an excuse to use one of my favorite hardware store materials: colored electrical tape. I love love love colored electrical tape. It’s kind of like washi tape but more flexible and also waterproof.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Hopefully we’ll have a good growing season in Chicago. And with our budding lettuce crop, Elise and I will hopefully have to buy a lot less plastic salad containers this summer.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

WANNA MAKE IT? Keep reading for my free printable template, step-by-step tutorial instructions and supply list for DIY garden seed markers from recycled plastic salad containers.

DIY garden seed markers

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Supplies for making DIY garden seed markers from recycled plastic salad containers:

How to make a DIY garden seed markers from recycled plastic salad containers:

Step 1: Clean the recycled salad container

Wash and dry an empty salad or spinach container. You can also use carry out clear plastic containers from restaurants such as the ones from Homemade Pizza Company. Peel off the labels as much as you can. Then give it a soak to remove the rest of the paper bits, dry it off and then use a little bit of Goo Gone to get the rest of the sticky part off. Dry the clean plastic salad container and set aside.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Step 2: Print and cut garden seed markers

Download my free DIY garden seed markers printable (PDF) and print onto white cardstock paper.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Cut out the seed marker fronts and backs using scissors or an Xacto knife, metal ruler and small self-healing mat.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Here are all of the cut out garden seed markers, fronts and backs.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Step 3: Cut plastic fronts and backs for waterproof DIY seed markers

Lay out the garden seed markers on your salad container and trace with a Sharpie pen. I was able to get five pieces from the salad container top and cut the sixth from the bottom.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Cut out the garden seed marker front and back from the plastic salad container lid.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

I was lazy and left a little bit of the Sharpie on the sides. But I didn’t really notice it later once it was covered in electrical tape so I think it’s OK to be a bit sloppy with it.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Step 4: Sandwich paper between plastic to make waterproof seed markers

Put the blank sides of the garden seed marker front and backs together.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Sandwich them between clear plastic sheets on the front and back.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Step 5: Cover sides with waterproof electrical tape

Now for the electrical tape! Start with the lower edge, placing the tape half-way lengthwise on the front. Cut the tape.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Wrap the other half of the tape around to the back. Repeat on the other side. Then tape the bottom up so it’s nice and water tight.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Move your way up, taping the left and right sides again so the tape wraps around the garden seed marker lengthwise.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Repeat on the other side of the garden seed marker.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Now tape up the top of the seed marker to seal it all up from the elements.

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

Repeat the plastic salad container sandwiching and electrical taping for your other garden seed markers. Then off to the garden!

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

DIY plant markers green recycled Earth Day

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DIY garden seed markers

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And be sure to see more recycled craft ideas for Earth Day like this DIY ring holder made from egg cartons and these fabric DIY napkin rings made from cardboard tubes.

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Lucy Beck

Friday 7th of March 2014

Great Idea! You could make them even better by inserting Popsicle sticks or even longer wooden dowels so they are higher and not getting buried in the foliage.

Kathy Beymer

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Hi Lucy, great suggestion! Gotta try that.

Sandi

Tuesday 5th of June 2012

Kathy, Thank you for the cute idea concerning the garden markers. It's nice to be able to reuse the plastic containers instead of just taking them to the recyclers.

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