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Clay Plant Markers

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Clay Plant Markers

This is an excerpt from the article Clay Garden Markers by Jess Marcy featured in the Spring 2024 edition of Botanical Anthology. Our herbal magazine, featuring remedies, recipes and projects with plants for the spring season, can be purchased as a digital version here and as a printed version here

Clay Plant Markers

Imprinted clay markers are an easy and beautiful way to help organize any garden. Most plant markers don't often hold up to the elements. The wood degrades, and paint or ink used on stone, metal, or clay washes off or fades, even with the use of sealants. 

Oven-dry clay becomes waterproof and won't break down quickly even in damp soil. Stamping or imprinting the surface of the clay before baking ensures that the imprint will remain visible through the seasons.

Clay markers can be further defined with the use of paint. Typically, acrylic paints can be applied before baking. During baking the clay will not only cure but also help to adhere the paint so that it will survive the wind and rain.

While it is possible to make the clay markers into stakes and place them directly into the soil, these ones were made with holes in the top so they can be hung from hooks or strings to create signs that can easily be seen from standing in the garden.

These easy clay plant markers are a great way to pass the time as we wait for the spring weather to warm up for planting. They are also a great project for both kids and adults as they can be made in a single afternoon.



Rolling pin



Use your hands to warm the clay slightly so that it is easier to manipulate. Use the tools and rolling pin to form the clay into your desired shapes, ensuring the clay is about ¼” thick. 

Use stamps or a carving tool to write the names of plants on them. Be careful to work quickly as the clay may dry and crack.

If any of the edges are rough or you are concerned about a crack, dip your fingers in water and smooth them out by hand.

Paint the clay a solid color or create a design.

Follow the package instructions for drying and baking.

Jessica Marcy is a clinically trained herbalist in Upstate, NY. Her business Old Wisdom Wellness offers herbal teas, remedies, and consultations. She recently published her first book 100 Days of Herbs available on

For educational purposes only. Not intended for medical advice. Always consult your physician.

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