Do you have an herb garden at your house? Maybe just a few herbs in pots? Whatever you have, if you are new to growing herbs like us, you have probably looked at a plant a few times and thought, “hmm what is that one again?” Having your herbs properly labeled will help you know what each plant is without second guessing when you grab some. Small herb garden signs are also an adorable addition to your garden, so of course, we had to make some for ours!
Monica’s Herb Garden
When Monica was working with Maryanne White, of The MWhite Design Group, her wonderful landscape and hardscape designer, she knew an herb garden would be the perfect addition. Maryanne suggested the garden be located off of the back screened porch. This location allows for easy access to the herbs when cooking in the kitchen. The close location to the house would also deter the many white tail deer on the property from turning the garden into their own personal salad bar.
Materials You Will Need to Make Garden Markers
When making your garden markers you will need to first decide what look you want to go for. We have seen many people get creative with their markers, using items around the house, ordering small printed signs, painting rocks, or of course, using the small plastic stakes that come with the plants. For our herb garden, we wanted cute and simple signs that would be easy to read.
We ordered small bamboo markers from amazon for our herb garden signs. These came with a pen to write the names, however we did not use that. I (Cheyenne) used my Cricut to design and cut out the herb names in permanent vinyl. We used this white vinyl for the text.
When it comes to cutting small words like these with the Cricut, there are a few tools that I absolutely recommend using. One is transfer tape. Transfer tape is unfortunately a Cricut tool that I learned about very late into my Cricuting hobby. For months, I was painstakingly placing words onto whatever project I was making one letter at a time. If I was doing a word in a script font, you can bet it never kept it’s proper spacing and I would have to rip it off and start over. Transfer tape allows you to maintain the shape and spacing of your cut and quickly transfer the vinyl to your project!
The other tools needed for this type of project are the weeding Cricut tools. When it comes to the Cricut I’ve found people either love or hate weeding. Whether you are a fan or not, having the right tools makes the job a whole lot more manageable. I have the core set of tools and these work perfectly for every project I have done so far.
Lastly, and most importantly, you will need a Cricut. There are many different machines out there that will work for this type of project. I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 and just love it. I can cut paper, vinyl, cardstock, draw with a variety of pens and even emboss items. I was given the Martha Stewart Wedding edition Cricut from my mom when I was planning my wedding and it was a huge help for all of those projects as well.
Steps to Make Herb Garden Signs with A Cricut
- Open up the Cricut Design Space on your computer
- Type in the names of the herbs for which you want to make signs
- Choose your font. For our signs, we chose the Belinda font.
- Resize each herb name according to the size of your marker. The bamboo markers we ordered were roughly 2.5 inches wide, so I kept the text within that width.
- Cut your herb names using the Cricut and the vinyl of your choice
- Weed the vinyl using your weeding tools
- Cut your transfer tape to roughly the same size as the marker. This will save you from wasting transfer tape, getting it stuck to more than one word, or having the tape fold in on itself.
- Cover the word you plan to transfer with your transfer take and rub the front of the tape.
- Peel up the transfer tape along with the word you are transferring.
- Place the word on your marker, using the grid on the transfer tape to make sure that you have the word straight on the marker (if you want it to be straight).
- Rub the transfer tape again.
- Making sure that the vinyl word is stuck to the marker, pull the transfer tape off of the marker.
- Ta-da! You just made an adorable herb garden marker with zero calligraphy skills needed!
- Repeat for your remaining herbs
Show us Your Herb Garden Signs
If you are looking for a fun and really simple Cricut project, this one’s for you! It only took about 45 minutes to design and cut the herb names and about 2.5 hours of weeding and assembling. Do you have herb markers in your garden? We would love to see! Find us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest for more!
Until next time…