DIY Garden Plant Stakes

As you might know, I grew up on a very large farm. I guess you could say that farming & gardening is in my blood. My husband and I are even lucky enough to have our very own farm.

As a child & teenager, I can still remember the many summer days I spent with my mom & dad working in the garden and fields. While I didn’t love every second of pulling weeds or hoeing the garden, I’m so happy that they made me stick it out at times.

Today, it’s one of the things that I enjoy the most!

Basically, when I think of summer time, I think of farming and gardening. And today, I’m sharing some really cute and really easy garden plant stakes.

I just love them!

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

To start, I bought a $3.00 pack of stakes from Home Depot.

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Once I got them home, I typed up a list of our vegetables, made sure they would fit on the stakes, and printed them out.

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I gave each stake a light white wash with equal parts water and white paint.

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So easy…. I didn’t even sand them smooth. I left them just like they came.

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I cut around each of my words…

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Then flipped them over and covered the entire backside with blue chalk.

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I made sure to evenly space each of the words onto the stake, then used a pencil to trace around each letter a couple of times…

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I pulled off the paper and was left with a faint outline of each letter.

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Then, I traced each letter with my pencil.

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Once all the words were traced onto the stakes, I was ready to paint!

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I mixed a few different colors to make a dark blue/ black color. Then I used a small brush to hand paint each letter.

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It really didn’t take that long!

I tried to make sure and paint as close to the pencil outline as possible, but there were still a few areas where you could see the pencil marks…

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I used an eraser and erased over the entire word….

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I did that to the rest of them, and they were done!

I seriously contemplated sealing them with something, but I think they will only look better as they age outside. Plus, they’re so easy to make, I don’t mind touching them up every now and then.

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

I just love them!

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

Simplicity at it’s best!

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

They’ve added the perfect touch to our garden!

Here they are in action:

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

Have I mentioned that I love them?

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

Well, I do. A whole bunch…

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

They’re the perfect pop against the lovely green in our garden…

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

This year, our garden is in a field of corn in front of my parents house…. These little markers add the perfect unexpected touch to a huge field!

That makes my heart happy.

DIY Garden Plant Stakes by The Wood Grain Cottage

There you have it…. the easiest and cutest garden plant stakes you ever did see.

This is summer for me and my family!

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Have you been following along for our Summer Celebration Series?

There have been so many wonderful projects so far. Yesterday, Crafty Texas Girls shared her creative vinyl sit upons and The Rustic Pig is sure to wow us with her project tomorrow!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. They turned out so cute! You have a steady hand! Awesome garden :)

  2. Stunning signs! Love the tip using the blue chalk! Thanks for sharing it.

  3. These are so simple and pretty! I wish I had your gardening skills! :) Great project, Shayna!

    • THANK YOU April! I love their simplicity too!
      Before you know it, you will be a master gardener! :)

  4. These are great, April! So simple and perfect for the garden!! Thanks so much for sharing in our Summer Celebration Series!

  5. They look great! That’s for the tip on transferring, I was just going to stencil or paint freehand, but I like that. I am using paint stirrers, because I’m a painter, and that’s what I have on hand. Wow , your garden is huge and looks beautiful!

    • THANK YOU Linda! The chalk transfer works pretty great- definitely try it! :)
      Paint stirrers should work! I use what I have on hand all the time too!
      Have a great weekend!

  6. How are they holding up in the sun? The marker stakes I’ve made with plastic markers and permanent marker fade out totally until I cannot read them at all…. plus they are just way too small. So I am very intrigued with your stakes. I may not get them done this summer but might be a great early spring project. Thank you!

    • Hi Lorri! So far so good with the plant stakes! The stakes are made for outdoor use, so if they weather I am totally fine with it. The paint should hold up ok too.. I mixed in some outdoor paint into the color mixture. We’ll see. If they don’t make it a full year, I can always touch them up for next year. :)
      Have a great weekend!

  7. These are so cute! I love them, now I just wish I had a garden to put them in :)

  8. Love ’em… Nicely done, Shayna:) May just have to try them in our garden!

  9. these are very pretty Shayna! I wish I could make these but I don’t have a garden! this would be great at my parent’s garden! :-)

  10. What a great idea!! Love your space….your garden is so big :-)
    The stakes are really cute!

  11. Frankie Laney says:

    Those are great. OBTW, that’s not a vegetable garden; it’s a Truck Farm!! It’s huge, I love it!!


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