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  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Nail polish will get off any pen marking on plastic labels, for re-use.
  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595
    Regarding commercially made plastic plant markers, I think most people would agree that for what they are, they are quite expensive - especially when you find you need a lot of them. With plastic-pollution-awareness in mind I discovered recently that the packaging for some leisure wear I bought from a well known supermarket was not just printed on to glossy card but PLASTIC COATED WHITE card so I decided I might be able to up-cycle it into plant markers.

    Once they're in use in the garden you hardly notice the printing on the back. In fact, if you do notice it it just adds a bit more colour in the borders.

    The material is only semi-rigid so is a bit floppier than standard shop bought labels; but it is tough and weatherproof and will still stick into the ground. 

    You can write on them with permanent marker pens, CD marker pens, 'proper' plant label marking pens or with a simple pencil (B or 2B work well).

    The plant ties are made into loops with a stapler.

    I got maybe 40-50 labels out of one piece of packaging (plus the leisure wear of course).
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,737
    Well-done @Birdy13 !
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Birdy13Birdy13 Posts: 595
    Just had a peak at your garden Papi Jo. It's absolutely fabulous. I'm definitely coming back to get some ideas later.
  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,951
    Birdy13, how very inventive, I must have a go!
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