Each spring we make new markers for the garden based on different themes. . .
. . . this year we decided to make it a Bug's Garden. . .
. . . with simple bug silhouettes, color coded on hexagonal bases (like a honeycomb of loveliness). . .
. . . to mark out plants. . .
. . . and start the garden season out right.
Bug's Garden Markers
- 1/4" thick balsa wood that is 3-4" wide and long enough to accommodate the number of markers you'd like to make.
- 1/2" x 1/4" bass wood (or similar) for handles. Think roughly 6"-8" per handle
- waterproof wood glue
- colorful paint
- wood sealer or jojoba oil
- exacto knife (for adults only)
Make a hexagonal paper template for your wood. Use the template to trace out the honeycomb shape on the balsa.
Cut out the blanks with an exacto knife (parents and caregivers, this part is for you).
Trace bug shapes from your favorite insect guides or search for bug silhouettes on the internet and print them out.
You can either pick one insect (like the bee shown above) and use color to distinguish the different plants or you can paint lots of different bugs. If you are going to use one insect shape, you could also make a stamp with a kit like this or simply carve the shape into a potato and use that as a stamp.
If you are making lots of bug shapes, use your paper templates to help you transfer the shape to the wood and paint it the color of your choice. You can paint the names of the plants below the shape if you like. Allow the markers to dry.
When the markers are dry, glue the stick/handle on the back. Allow the glue to dry and then seal them with jojoba oil or a wood sealer to keep the paint from running.
If you'd like to explore other plant marker options, take a peek at our other projects below!
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Happy Garden Planning!
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