I have been working on some wooden labels for my herb garden as part of Project Balcony. Here’s a wee guide to how I made them.
You will need:
- Some wood to make the actual labels out of. We have a local DIY & craft store that sells 1m strips, so I got one that was 10cm wide and 3mm thick.
- A thinner strip of wood to make the sticks for the labels out of. I use one that was 1cm wide and 3mm thick. You could also use lollipop sticks if you have some that are long enough (good excuse to eat some ice lollies!)
- A saw
- Acrylic paints
- A paintbrush
- Some glue that holds wood together (which I forgot to add in to the photo – oops…)
You’ll also need some newspaper or packing paper to protect your work area, something to mix paint in, e.g. an old yoghurt carton, and I also had a box of wet wipes on hand (well, in our house we always have a box of wet wipes on hand^^)
First I cut my wood to the right sizes. I cut the wood for the labels to 5x10cm (i.e. as it was already 10cm wide, I cut off 5cm pieces), and the sticks to 20cm long.
Next I painted everything from both sides (letting the paint dry in between side, obviously). I decided to go for a pale green to blend in with my herb garden.
Once the green paint was thoroughly dried, I painted on the herb inscriptions. The rosemary was a bit of a challenge!
Finally, I glued the sticks on to the back (hooray, the tube of glue gets to make a photographic appearance after all^^). Now they’re all ready to go into the herb garden.