Thursday, 7 April 2011

Pebble Herb Markers

I'm linking this post to the fabulous Handmade Thursday link-up over on White Lily Green's blog. Truly a weekly kick up the backside reminder to reclaim some time to myself and do something crafty.

A few weeks ago, whilst browsing the local garden centre, I spotted some rather lovely plant/herb markers. They were very simply, but very lovely - simply worn pebbles with the plant names printed on.  They were incredibly gorgeous...until I saw the price.  Over £10 for a set of four markers!! Ten quid for four stones!!

Piffle to that, I'll make my own I thought. 

Sadly I didn't have any lovely beach pebbles to hand, because of course it's illegal to take stones from the beach. Oh ok, I didn't have any because we live miles and miles from the coast.  Instead I bought a bag from another garden centre - £1.99 for a net of about 15.

I selected the lightest coloured ones, and the ones with reasonably flat surfaces.

My handwriting is not all that attractive, so I decided I'd use letter transfers.  It would appear however, that these are a thing of my childhood. Nowadays it's all stickers and embellishments. I was looked at with derision by at least two spotty shop assistants in stationery stores who clearly had no idea what I was talking about.  But with perseverance, I tracked some down in WHSmiths.  Remember these?

I was instantly transported back to my youth.  Rubbing a pencil over the front of the sheet and peeling away to leave perfect letters beneath.  I happily whiled away 20 minutes or so.  Once the wording was on the pebbles I gave them a couple of coats of clear varnish - both to seal and protect the transfers, and to make the stones look 'wet' and shiny.

No they're not perfect. Yes they look a bit wobbly (although I did use a ruler and they are not actually as wobbly as they look - that's the ridges on the stones), but I love them.

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  1. Fab, I love them. Although having two boys who for some reason are OBSESSED with stones, I imagine they'd end up telling that the dandelion clump was thyme, the mint was rosemary, the sandpit was sage...

    I've done more crochet - whoop! An actual usable thing this time (proud) x

  2. Gorgeous Liz! I might just have to copy you. I have a two huge books of Letraset which I use at any opportunity :)

  3. Great! Will def try this, our horrible plastic markers we used last yr didn't work, they faded and OH raked them up when trying to clear the beds. This is a beautiful idea.

  4. Oh wow - I love this idea!!! You are so clever! Thank you for linking up and for the lovely comment :)

  5. Love them , they look fab. Such a simple, yet effective idea , I'll definitely give it a go. Perhaps you shpuld start charging commissin lol x

  6. Oooh I like - love the use of the rubbing letters! Fab!

  7. what a good idea. Thanks for sharing

  8. I LOVE these, Lizzie - such a brilliant idea, that I might well copy! x

  9. What a lovely idea! Thanks so much for linking to SFTW!x