If you read my previous post, then you know that making these wine cork garden markers turned out to be a bit of a debacle. Sometimes, even the best of ideas just don’t work out the way we think they will, and I found myself taking my own advice with this little project.
I have a toddler at home, who gets frustrated easily when things don’t work out the way she wants them to. So, “Just try again” has become a common phrase at my house. And that’s exactly what I did. I tried again…and then again…and finally was able to get these adorable little markers to turn out the way that I wanted. Yay!
Here’s how I did it:
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- Natural wine corks
- 12″ Bamboo Skewers
- Acrylic craft paint
- Small paint brush
- Permanent Marker
- Clear acrylic spray paint
This project came about because I wanted some cute garden markers, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money for them. Everything in the above list, with the exception of a few bottles of craft paint, was already laying around my house. So, not only are these garden markers super cute, they were also super cheap. Win-win!
The first thing I did was gather the supplies I needed. It’s a good thing I had plenty of wine corks and skewers on hand, as I ended up doing this project 3 times over… I learned a lot in the process though!
For instance, red acrylic paint does not cover well and took numerous coats during my first attempt. This surprised me a bit, so in my final go at it, I chose different colors. All of these colors (golden brown, mint green, bright yellow, and pink) covered the corks pretty well.
I then attached a cork to the pointy end of a skewer. I found that the easiest way to do this was to get a hole started in the cork, then twist the cork onto the skewer like a screw.
The next thing I did was paint a first coat on each cork. I painted all but one end of the cork. Then, I laid the unpainted end down on a piece of wax paper to allow the cork to dry.
This really went very quickly. The corks are not hard to paint, and the acrylic paint dries incredibly fast (10-15 minutes).
Once dry, I went back a did a second coat, and let that dry. Then, I painted the other end of the corks. When all of the corks were covered sufficiently (the yellow ones took 3 coats), I wrote my veggie names on them. Fortunately, I had had a fair amount of practice at this point, so I was pretty happy with how the writing and spacing turned out.
Then, I took them out in the garage and sprayed them with clear acrylic spray to seal them.
Here is where it gets a bit tricky. I learned that you have to be very careful with how much clear spray you put on them. If you hit the corks with too much, the marker will run. So, I did numerous very light, thin coats, and it was perfect. This also dries very quickly and won’t take that long, even with multiple coats.
Finally, I added them to my garden. Actually, my 3 year old added them. 🙂 She has been very excited about helping with the garden this year, and can’t wait to pick (and eat) some of the things we have planted. Truth be told, neither can I!
I think they add a nice pop of color. And they were so simple to make (once I figured it out!), as well as so inexpensive. Happy spring!
How are all of your gardens coming along?