Pretty Handy Girl · Jul 5, 2013

Make Your Own Metal Tags for Your Herb Garden

Do you remember seeing those adorable metal tags that were part of my last post on how to build a window box to be used as a herb garden. The final decorative touches to the box included metal tags labeling the herbs in the planter. They were so easy to make, I figured you’d like the tutorial.

  • One small section of air ducting
  • Metal cutting scissors (tin snips)
  • Gloves
  • File
  • Sanding block
  • 1/8″ stamping set
  • Hammer
  • Hole punch
  • Fine point Sharpie
  • The silhouettes for this project can be found HERE.
  • Optional: dark stain

Originally the tags were intended to spruce up the planter with the shape of the respective herbs that were planted. But I found out it’s been also a great way to teach my husband and kids the difference between cilantro and parsley, they tend to confuse those two!

The small section of air ducting was bought at the home center for about $3. It is not hard to cut through it.

Cut each of the printed herb leaf silhouettes and tape them onto the metal. With the scissors, cut through the metal following the silhouettes. The small scissors worked like a charm, it takes some time to cut through the metal on those silhouettes with scalloped edges, it was very similar to cutting through cardboard. Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands.

Once you cut out all the shapes…

File those sharp edges.

You can give the tags a worn feel by sanding them and rubbing them with a dark stain to achieve an aged finish.

Time to begin the stamping. I used a 1/8″ stamping set, the smallest I have. You can purchase your own set for around $10 from your local craft store.

Set each letter, leaving your desired spacing. Don’t stamp them too hard! I made that mistake at the beginning and the letters got stamped with the extra circle around it. You probably don’t want that!

Use a regular paper hole punch to create a hole to hang the tag.

Use a fine point Sharpie to trace the stamped letters.

The tags can be hung from your herb box with a small screw or finish nail.

I think they look like they were “mint” to be there. LOL.

They definitely “spice” up this planter.

The herbs have been growing nicely, the basil and mint are the ones with the most growth, the cilantro has had a hard time. I don’t think it’s going to make it to the end of the year!

~ Learn more about Cristina ~

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