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How to Make Vintage Silverware Garden Markers

Recently I was looking for a unique way to mark the veggie rows in my garden, and came across these beautiful vintage spoons at a garage sale. The idea was born: make silverware garden markers! This easy project comes together in only a few minutes. Follow along with this step-by-step tutorial to make your own homemade garden markers!

Collection of Vintage Spoons turned Garden Markers

How to make homemade garden markers with repurposed silverware

Materials for Making Homemade Garden Markers

You will need:

  • Vintage silver spoons (not steel)
  • Metal hammer
  • Metal letter punch set
  • Steel bench block
  • Midas Black Max
  • Sanding pad or paper
  • Small paintbrush
  • Tape
Vintage Silver Spoons Hammering a Silver Spoon to Make a Garden Marker

Step 1:

Take your spoon and turn it over onto the steel bench block. Hammer away! It may take quite a few good hits, but you want your spoon to be mostly flat. Turn the spoon back over and hit it some more until both sides are flat. Silver Spoon That's Been Hammered Flat Spoon Taped Down to a Block for Hammering

Step 2:

Next take two pieces of tape (I used painter’s tape because it was the closest thing to me), and tape your spoon down onto your block. This is so that when you hammer the letters into the spoon, it stays put. It also helps create a straight line for your word.

Stamping Letters into Silver Spoon

Step 3:

Take your letter and place each onto the spoon, one at at time. Hammer hard, but make sure to hold your punch tight. Watch out for your hands, and give it 5-10 strong hits.

Stamping Letters into a Taped Down Spoon

Step 4:

Now we are going to darken up the letters so that you can see them better. Making Silverware Garden Markers

Dip a paintbrush into your Midas Black Max. Make sure you use a cheap paintbrush because you won’t be able to use it for anything else after this.

Making Homemade Garden Markers with Silver Spoons

Step 5:

Next take some sandpaper or a sanding pad and wipe off the excess solution. I’ve also heard a Sharpie marker will work, use rubbing alcohol to wipe off excess marker.

Potato Garden Marker Made from a Silver Spoon Silverware Garden Markers

Stick it into your garden and you are good to go!

Potato Garden Marker Made from a Silver Spoon

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Jo Holing

When at garage sales and vintage shops, and you see silverware, make sure it is “silver-plated” and Not Sterling Sliver. Sterling has market value, and to use them as garden markers would be appalling..

Cindy Ann Rice

wine corks skewered with a bamboo skewer with sharpie writing.

Katherine Heigl

These are looking good but having some problem to read them that what you have written exact on your spoon markers. As I am using metal garden markers for my lovely garden from last spring. They are still looking nice and giving a beautiful look to my garden. I bought these all markers from I will recommend you to use them definitely you will like them.

Karen M

What size punch did you use?


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