Herbal markers

Styling and photography Sarah Heeringa

Craft your own simple ceramic labels for your herbs.

Make it easy for everyone to identify the various plants and herbs in the garden with these organic-looking plant markers. 


air dry clay


chopstick or pointed stick

baking paper

textured cloth 

clear varnish 



straight sticks

bendable wire 


Step 1: Cut the clay into cubes. Roll the clay into a ball and flatten them between your fingers. Lay the clay circle on the textured cloth, cover and press firmly to emboss the surface with a subtle texture. 

Step 2: Use the knife to tidy up the disc edges. Lay the disk on the baking paper and use the pointed end of the chopstick to stamp holes and carve out words. Tidy the lettering as the clay dries a little. 

Step 3: Allow to fully dry. 

Step 4: Coat the disc with clear varnish. I used Resene Qristal Clear polyurethane. Allow each side to dry before turning over to coat the other side. Take care to fully coat each disc. Clean the paintbrush with the turps. Allow the discs to fully dry.

Step 5: Cut the wire into small lengths and use to attach each completed disc to a wooden stick. 

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