Garden spoon labels

I saw some garden labels made out of old spoons at shrimp salad circus ages ago and just knew I had to have some. So I bought a few bulk lots of old spoons off trade me this included some forks for good measure. Most of these spoons turned out to be silver plated but I didn’t let that stop me. We made some labels for my sister in law birthday last week. This inspired us to make extra labels for ourselves – they look amazing!! I love them and can’t wait to get my new seeds so we can make more labels.

garden_spoon_labelsMaterials for your garden label spoons:

Earmuffs (we did some of the labels without earmuffs and my ears were ringing so definitely wear them)



Alphabet punch

Permanent marker

Steel wool

How to:

garden_spoon_labelsPlace the spoon face down on a flat surface – we used rimu offcuts outside though an anvil would be even better. I don’t recommend hammering on tiles as you might crack them. Using the hammer pound the spoon flat we found that hitting the centre of the spoon first then work your way outwards – this reduces the hammer marks and allows the spoon to stretch without cracking.

Using the alphabet punch hammer your chosen word(s) onto the spoon. I couldn’t really get my labels straight but Mr Ecochick could get the words perfect without even measuring! So he hammered all the letters onto the spoons.

Using the permanent marker completely colour in the stamped word(s). Colour over the letters a few times as you want the marker to go into the letters as deep as possible.

Using steel wool rub off the black marker. This really makes the label stand out.

Now you’re all finished push your label into the soil and admire your handy work.



Happy plants with name tags!



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22 thoughts on “Garden spoon labels

  1. January 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I love these!

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Aww thanks. I love them too. They make great gifts aswell. Mx

  2. January 3, 2012 at 7:19 am

    These are SOOO adorable!! Thanks for linking up!

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      I know right!?! Thanks for your great blog hop. Mx

  3. January 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    What a cute idea!

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks I think they are super cool too Mx

  4. January 3, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your project – I love to see when somebody makes something from one of my tutorials, and they turned out fantastically!!!

    – Lindsay

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks so much for the inspiration and the idea. You rock Mx

  5. January 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Love this idea….will be looking for some spoons shortly

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Enjoy you’ll love them Mx

  6. January 4, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Yay!! I have alphabet stamps, headphones, and spoons…I can do these! Thanks for the post!

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Fantastic. Have fun hammering away! Mx

  7. January 4, 2012 at 7:16 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these! I need to get my hands on the alphabet letter punch!

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      So up your alley babe. Will look great in the garden MX

  8. January 4, 2012 at 7:17 am


    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      Happy new year to you too my darling Mx

  9. January 4, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I absolutely love these and it’s fab to find a great NZ blog on Tip Junkie. Thanks for hsaring how you made them.

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      You’re welcome. Love your blog too Mx

  10. November 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    What size alphabet punch did you use, and where did you purchase it?

    1. November 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      I bought the punch set from Bunnings for $20 they are a 6mm set. Which seems to be the standard size but bigger would work too. Have fun Mx

  11. Leisha
    April 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Where do you get the metal alphabet punch set from?

    1. April 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Hello, I bought mine from Bunnings. I think it was about $20. Have fun Mx