If you are a seasoned gardener, or you are going at it for the first time, there is one thing that I think every garden needs…. garden labels. Since my daughter will be helping me even more this year, I wanted her help with our labels this year too. Her cute little fingers were going to be perfect for the job. These fingerprint garden labels were such a fun activity for us to do. They made the perfect addition to our garden this year.
If you scroll through Pinterest you are bound to run across quite a few designs to help you get started. You will probably even stumble over my Jar Lid Labels from last year! They were a hit and while I could use them again this year… What fun is that! I wanted V to be involved since she has done so much to help to get the garden started this year already.
These fingerprint labels are a great craft during an April garden preschool theme.
What you need for your Fingerprint Garden Labels:
- Paint stir sticks… these are usually free at any major hardware store.
- White paint – this is optional you could do your designs right on the wood.
- Colored Paints – Green, Red, Yellow, and White were the only colors I needed. Just think about the veggies you are planting.
- A Paint Pen – I only needed a green one.
- A Clear Acrylic spray. (an outdoor satin or matte finish is best)
How to make your Fingerprint Garden Labels:
Start by giving your stir sticks a good coat of white paint. Let the little one help out with this. It doesn’t have to be even or perfect. Let dry and do the backside as well.
Then comes the fun part. Using your little ones’ fingers and fingertips create some fun shapes on your sticks. Trust me they might look a little rough at first but they will come together!
Have a piece of paper on stand by and let them do a little finger painting in between each color.
Once they have dried you can go in with your paint pen and add in some stems and edges and they will really take shape. A couple of outlines on the peas and the mini vines and there is no question what they are… On the beans, I actually made her 2 finger prints into about 4 beans. Just use a little imagination. These are sure to be something you can both be proud of.
Spray them with a few coats of a clear coat spray on each side. Something that won’t yellow in the sun and is water proof.
Then place them out in the garden!
She made sure they were all in just the right spot…These easy fingerprint garden labels can be a little project you work on over the weekend or off and on throughout a day!
So far peas are all we have planted, if I remember we will add an updated picture here when we have a few more things going!
If you are new to gardening make sure to check out all of the lessons we learned last year!