Plant Stakes: Punch up your garden

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner
Plant Stakes: Punch up your garden

I love adding a personal touch to my garden – outside and inside -- and that is easy to do with Fiskars punches.

I love adding a personal touch to my garden – outside and inside -- and that is easy to do with Fiskars punches.

To create fun and functional markers for a herb garden, use the Fiskars That’s Amore Large and Extra-Large Squeeze Punches.

Here’s how to create the markers step-by-step.

1. Punch an extra-large heart from kraft cardstock.

2. Punch a large heart from black cardstock.

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3. Use a white marker to write the name of the herb in the center of the black heart.

4. Affix the black heart in the center of the larger kraft heart with adhesive.

5. Cover both sides of the heart with a self-laminating sheet and cut the heart out with Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors (No. 5).

6. Hot glue the back of the heart to a wooden dowel stick that has been painted black. Cut the stick to the desired length for your planter.

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To embellish indoor plants, the steps are very similar. Here’s how to create these three-dimensional garden stakes with punched shapes.

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1. Select patterned paper or cardstock, floral wire and coordinating embellishments.

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2. For each stake punch two shapes from the same paper.

3. Punch a third shape from a loose-weave fabric paper (or a similar textured paper).

4. Place a drop of liquid adhesive in the center of the back of the punched shape.

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5. Layer the fabric paper shape on top. Add another drop of adhesive and place the third punched shape on top (right side facing you).

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6. When the adhesive is dry, fan the wings to create a three dimensional effect.

7. Add an embellishment or stamped sentiment in the center of the shape.

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8. Cut the wire to the desired length and place in the planter.