Make Your Own Garden Plant Stakes

I was looking for a free idea for my indoor seed starter garden. I wanted to make garden stakes that could be used in my plants but didn't cost anything. 
pink flowers in the garden

I'm not a big gardener but a few herbs started from seed puts me in the Spring-time mood.

In my yard were hundreds of broken branches from the very long winter.

pile of sticks outdoors

After reading a past issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine, I finally had a good use for these sticks.

I started out by breaking off a handful of sticks, all about the same length.

Pile of sticks

I gathered the tools needed for this project.

clipper and potato peeler

A pruner and a potato peeler.

bucket of sticks, clipper and potato peeler

Note: Your may need a new potato peeler after this!

Next I got to work cutting... I trimmed the ends of each stick and used the potato peeler to shave off several slices of the bark. 

sticks with top shaved

Using permanent marker, I wrote the names of the plant on each stick.

sticks with herb names

A spritz of spray Poly will keep the letters from fading in the sun.

Stick the stakes in the soil and you're ready to grow!

stick with avocado written on it

Ready for some Spring-time herb planting! 

sticks and seed tins

garden stakes in a pail

Please pin for later! >>
 Garden stakes and seeds with Pinterest overlay

Perfect for new seeds or to just organize your garden!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Way too cool! I love them and so economical and "green"...thanx for gal pals and I will have to try this during craft nite out! Visit me at my blog sometimes. Tiff

  2. This is really great, I am ready to get some things in the ground. Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea.

  3. Awesome! I've got sticks everywhere, now I've got a project to do with my Grandkids! Fun!

  4. I love this idea! Do you know how many random sticks are hanging out around me house? Perfect for all the weather that my garden gets during the season. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Have a wonderful weekend! Please stop by sometime and say hello! Love meeting new crafty people~!

  5. A lovely simple functional idea. SO perfect for a garden!

  6. love these! What does this do to a potato peeler? Is it ruined afterward?

  7. That is such a brilliant idea! Attractive, super simple, eco friendly, etc etc! Wow! :D

  8. Such a great idea, Susan! I used forks a few years back but that proved problematic when my toddler would pull them out and then I'd hit them with the lawnmower. Sticks I wouldn't feel so bad about running over! :) I imagine a pocket knife could be used instead of the veggie peeler. Your blog is always full of great ideas--I really enjoy visiting!

    Take care,

  9. What a great idea. This is what I will be doing this year! Thanks for the tip.

  10. I love the idea of keeping the garden "natural" and your sticks are a great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. What a cute idea. I love the look of that too.
    Thanks for linking it up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party.

  12. Fabulous idea!!!! I saw those spoons engraved with the herb name, but this is sooo much easier and nicer! good job!

  13. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love it - I am your newest follower!! Hey, what about that avocado? Have you grown them before??

  15. hiya , i love this simple yet so useful project

  16. I saved this idea! A fun project to do with my kids for our garden this year! Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

  17. Loved this idea Susan. I used a fallen tree branch as a curtain rod this week and love it. It was green and cheap. :)

  18. Cute idea. I must have missed that in the magazine. And I sure have enough sticks laying around the yard that I can make this project!

  19. Great idea. I'm ready for Spring to really show up now. It's snowing here this morning...what's that about? Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  20. Maybe I should be thinking about starting some herbs. This is my first spring with my own garden and I can't wait to have fresh herbs!!! This project goes on my list of future projects.

  21. great idea! i was just thinking about how i could make some of these without spending any money.
    thanks so much for sharing

  22. Love this idea!! found you via All Things Heart & Home! ~*S*~

  23. love this idea too! this is great. very crafty.

  24. Great idea! Love them! Thanks for linking it up!

  25. Thank you for linking up to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. This weeks blog bash is in full swing again, please be sure & link up more of your creativity. Happy to let you know that your seed stakes are a featured project today on my blog!

    Drop by The Tattered Tag

  26. I just found your feature on The Tattered Tag and I just had to see it for myself.

    You have made something so simple and easy, yet who would ever think of that?

    Very creative.

    BTW - I love the pics on the top of your blog!!!

  27. I've put together a round up of great garden projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here

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  28. I love this idea! I found you on I would love for you to share this and any other ideas you have on DIY Thrifty Thursday at

  29. Wow, this looks lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

  30. Susan, just stopping by to tell you that I made your awesome garden stakes. Just posted some pics of my veg garden with them this morning. Hope you can stop by!! :)


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