Printable Plant Labels: A Stylish Solution for Your Garden

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the upcoming planting season. If you’re a fan of growing a variety of fruit, vegetables, and herbs, you’re probably familiar with the dilemma of forgetting what you planted where. Is it an onion, a leek, or garlic? It’s anyone’s guess.

To solve this mystery, I’ve designed a set of stylish mid-century modern plant markers that you can easily print out and stake in your garden. These markers not only add a touch of retro flair to your green space but also help you keep track of your plants.

Mid-Century Plant Markers: A Step-by-Step Guide


Before we dive into the process, here’s a list of materials you’ll need:

  • PDF plant labels printed on sturdy cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Self-seal laminating sheets
  • Stakes (wood dowel rods or plastic straws)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

Print and Cut the Plant Markers

Start by printing the retro mid-century modern plant labels on a sturdy cardstock. These labels feature charming boomerangs and shapes that lend a vintage vibe to your garden. You can find the download link for the plant labels here.

I’ve included labels for 30 of the most common vegetables, fruits, and herbs. There’s even a label for rhubarb, for those who appreciate this curious plant. Additionally, you’ll find blank labels on the third page, allowing you to customize them with other plant types or specific varieties. Feel free to get creative and have fun with it!

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Once you’ve printed the labels, carefully cut them out, leaving a small white space around the shapes. This will give the markers a clean and polished look.

Laminate the Plant Markers

To protect the plant markers from the elements, laminate both sides of the labels using self-seal laminating sheets. Make sure to leave a quarter-inch border around the edges to ensure long-lasting durability.

If you’re laminating several labels at once, you can place them on a whole laminating sheet. Alternatively, if you’re only making a few markers, you can cut smaller sections of laminate. Ensure that there are no specks of dust or debris on the labels before sealing them in.

Glue Plant Markers to Dowel Rods

Once you’ve laminated all the labels, it’s time to attach them to the stakes. Wood dowel rods or bamboo skewers are excellent natural options for garden stakes. However, if you anticipate moist soil conditions, it’s best to use plastic straws as they offer enhanced durability.

Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue each label to a stake. Make sure the glue is dry before handling the markers. Once they’re ready, you can place them in your garden as you plant your seeds. No more confusion about what you’ve planted!

Retro boomerang plant marker in an herb garden

More Plant Accessories and Ideas

If you’re looking for additional ways to enhance your garden, here are a few ideas:

  • Check out the modern plant markers available on Etsy. You’ll find a wide range of stylish options, such as acrylic markers that add a contemporary touch to your garden.
  • Explore the charming mid-century flair offered by Ragin’ Retro, a brand that specializes in retro-inspired plant accessories. From starbursts to mod cats, they have delightful options to elevate your planters.
  • Prepare your garden for spring by reading our helpful guides on where to buy seeds and plants online, how to build raised garden beds, and surprisingly easy foods to grow.
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Mid-century modern plant markers

Mid-century modern plant markers

With these printable mid-century modern plant labels, you can bring both style and organization to your garden. Happy planting!

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