Since it's time to start planting it's a good time to identify those plants for later. It's always frustrating when showing someone your garden and not being able to tell them what the plants are. This project will solve that problem and make your garden look nice.
You can make your name stake any size you like but keep in mind the size of the plant you'll be naming. You wouldn't want a 3" X 5" sign for a daisy! We made the sign portion of our name stake 1 1/2" X 3 1/2" X 1/2". You can use any type of wood you like, we used pine.
The stake for our sign is 1/4" dowel 12" long. I sharpened one end of it with a pencil sharpener.
Make a small simple fixture to hold the sign while you drill it at an angle. I just used two different size pieces of wood nailed to a wooden base.
Drill a 1/4" hole in the center of the sign 3/4 of the way through. Be careful not to break through on the other side.
Glue the dowel into the hole and there you have it a nice looking plant name stake.
You can decorate your name stake in any way you like. We used acrylic paint and covered the decoration with clear polyurethane. To protect the stake part we coated it with "end" paint used for coating the ends of treated wood. I would recommend painting the sign before you glue in the stake. It makes it easier when you can lay it flat.
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This is what it looks like: