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Published on April 8th, 2013 | by Julie Finn


DIY Wire Hanger and Found Object Plant Markers, Part 1: Wire Hanger Shepherd’s Hook

wire hanger plant markers (9 of 11)

Need some sturdy plant markers this year? Need them to be cute? Need them to be free?

These wire hanger and found object plant markers are sturdy enough to stand up to several seasons of use in your garden. Made from things like broken pottery, pretty rocks, and all sorts of little embellishments, they’re as cute as you want to make them. And since you can make these entirely from your stash, they are entirely free!

Here’s how to make the first part of the project: garden-sized shepherd’s hooks created from wire coat hangers.

all the supplies you need to create a wire hanger shepherd's hook

all the supplies you need to create a wire hanger shepherd’s hook

Gather your supplies. It’s good to have a couple of different pliers for bending the wire, and a box knife will help you get that cardboard tube off of the hanger, but the key to this project is the hanger itself. I get my wire hangers from Freecycle, and I have different uses for different types; here I’m using wire hangers with cardboard trouser guards. A wire coat hanger with a cardboard trouser guard is made from sturdier stuff than a regular wire hanger, and thus will keep its shape without bending from the weight of your found object plant markers.

You’ll also notice, when you get that cardboard tube off, that the hanger is actually cut off at the bottom, with bent ends to hold it inside the cardboard. I use this feature to make two shepherd’s hooks from one base–the second hook can hold additional plant information, the name of the plants in the next row, or just something pretty.

Next >> Make the Double Hook

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

2 Responses to DIY Wire Hanger and Found Object Plant Markers, Part 1: Wire Hanger Shepherd’s Hook

  1. Marti says:

    This is so cute! I usually just put the plastic plant tags in the ground with my plants, and a month later, they’re broken or gone.

  2. Julie Finn says:

    As I was planting some lettuce last week, I ran across one of these — –that I had put in four years ago! I actually could still read it, but I clearly HAD lost it. It’s above ground all the way for me, now.

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