18/04/2013 06:20 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Crafts For Kids: How To Make Plant Markers For Spring

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To make personalised plant markers, you will need:

Wooden plant poke

Acrylic craft paint (black, green and whatever other colour you choose)

Black marker


Old toothbrush

Acrylic sealer spray

What to do:

1. Paint the stick of the plant marker with two coats of green acrylic paint.

2. Paint the head of your plant marker whatever colour you choose. Do two coats to start with, paint a third if needed (light colours may need a third coat). Allow paint to dry 20 minutes between coats.

3. Once paint is dry, use a black marker or craft pen to write your child's name and plant (tulips, green beans, basil, etc.) on the front of the plant marker.

4. This step is optional and can be skipped if you prefer to keep the project simpler for smaller children. Put a small amount (about the size of a 1p piece) of black paint on a paper plate. Add a couple of drops of water to the paint to thin it out a little.

5. Using an old toothbrush, pick up some black paint. Before applying this method to the plant marker, test it on a piece of newspaper. Flick the bristles off the toothbrush by dragging your finger or thumb across them. This causes the paint to spray off the brush onto your 'target', in this case, the newspaper. Once you are happy with the result, flick the paint all over the front of the plant marker.

6. You can also shade the outside of the plant marker, and again, this step is also optional. Using a paintbrush and thinned out black paint, paint a watery border around the edge of the face of the plant marker. Use a piece of paper towel to blend it to your liking.

7. Allow paint to dry completely and finish off with a spray coat of acrylic sealer. Let dry and repeat for a total of two coats.