With spring finally settling in, visions of flourishing gardens dance in our heads. All this sunshine and rain has me plotting out my vegetable garden, amending the soil with compost, and tilling the dirt. Here in Pennsylvania, I have began sowing the first of the seeds.
In past years, we have simply marked our rows of vegetables with Sharpie-labeled popsicle sticks. This year I decided to up my garden marker game by painting some colorful stones and adding cheerful looking vegetables. One thing stayed the same–I still used a Sharpie to make this project come together in under an hour!
From start to finish, I enjoyed every step of these DIY Vegetable Garden Stone Markers. This project was peaceful and has a purpose!
- Stones-smooth and round
- Acrylic paints
- Sharpie black marker
- Paintbrushes and water bowl
- Spray Shellac
1. Select stones that are smooth and rounded. When you run your finger on them they should not feel sandy. If you get gritty sand on your fingers, choose another stone, as the paint will wear off quickly. A smooth texture will be easiest to paint and yield crisp results that will last longer. I happened to have some river rock in my yard, so these were easy pickings.
2. Wash the stones off using an old brush and dish soap. Allow them to completely to dry.
3. Prewrite a simple list of the vegetables you want to paint your garden markers. This step helps with the lettering too!
4. Use a Sharpie marker to carefully write the name of a vegetable on a stone and to also outline a simple design for the vegetable. You could even type these up really quickly, put them in a font you like and print them out to look at while you work.
5. Paint in the vegetable using acrylic paint.
6. On some stones, I even applied a thin wash by mixing water with acrylic for the background. This look imitates watercolors and I tried to use a color that would contrast the vegetable.
7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 to complete all vegetable marker stones. When dry you can touch up with a Sharpie as needed.
8. The paint should be dry within 10 minutes. You can now spray shellac these if you want. I laid these outside on newspapers and applied a very thin coat just to the tops of my stones.
THAT’S IT! EASY-PEASY-LEMON-SQUEEZY! Now you can grab some lemonade and kick your feet up while they dry.
I chose to freehand all the text and vegetable painting, making this project really fun and fuss-free for me. My canvas was “just rocks,” so I didn’t have to stress about perfection and could always fetch more rocks from outside if I messed up.
After the shellac was dry, I placed these stones in their rightful place in the garden. Now, let’s just hope they are good luck and keep the critters out! I will post more pictures when these seeds (hopefully) sprout.
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and will be inspired to paint some garden stones of your own. I loved making these ones so much, so I am going to paint some for my flower beds next! How beautiful do zinnia and lupine painted stones sound!
Have you painted garden stones before? I’d love to see your results! What do you mark your vegetables and flowers with?
You can get your materials here!