DIY Durable Plant Markers to Label Your Plants

Today I’m sharing a super easy and no-fuss way to make your own garden markers.

You might have gotten a peek at them in my last post about making your own wall of water for your tomato seedlings.

In the past, I have used simple write-on plastic markers to label what I have planted.  Inevitably, the writing always comes off, and I forget what variety I planted.

This year, I decided to get out my ole trusty Dymo embossing labeler.  I love the vintage look of it, and it’s so easy to use.  The label will not wash away with the rain/dirt nor fade in the sun.  These labels should last at least a couple of years and are the best way to track what is growing in the garden.

I created two types of labels for my garden: clothespins and popsicle /craft sticks:

Clothespin – this type works great for anything that grows up the cattle panel trellises that I installed.  Not only do I use these for affixing my wall of water while my plants are smaller, but I will also clip the label to the cattle panel trellis, so it is off the ground and right next to my tomato vines.  You are limited to 9 characters/clothespins.  Below is my marker for my Thessaloniki Tomato plant.

Popsicle/Craft Stick – this type works well for any variety to be started by seed or direct sown, especially if you have multiple varieties.  You are limited to 13 or 14 characters on a 6-inch long stick.

The process is super simple, and you probably do not even need to read the directions below, but you will need a few supplies.  I recommend using glue on your markers/labels because the label will not adhere when the markers get wet.



  1. Print out the plant name/variety on 3/8″ tape with your Dymo labeler.
  2. Cut the label.
  3. Remove the adhesive backing.
  4. Run a strip of Rapid Fuse along the back of the label.
  5. Firmly press against a popsicle or clothespin.

Not complicated at all.  I will keep you all updated if this does not work as well as I envision.

Happy Gardening!

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