Happy Monday! How has your week started off? Mine, started with emails, cleaning & running errands. To sum it up, organising everything (I’m not the best at it, but I’ll be damned if I don’t try!). And, that’s what lead to these Planter Sticks. I’ve talked about our obsession with plants & how we love collecting new plant varieties. Needless to say, all of them come with a particular set of instructions about the kind of care they need. Which, is exactly my problem. I can never, and I mean never, remember the instructions. So, like a lot of my DIYs, we came up with a 5 minute solution that will take care of plant care permanently.
How does this work exactly? Basically, you write out the instructions (for example: water twice a week, repot every 6 months) and attach it to the pot. So, when you look at the pot, you can instantly tell, what you should and should not do. Let’s see, how it works!
Time: 5 minutes
Budget: Low (non existent!)
- Printout of design on glossy paper
- Long Kebab Sticks
- Glue / Glue Gun / glue drops
- Paint & paintbrush (optional)
The first thing you have to do, is print the cutouts on thick glossy paper. There are pretty easy to find, and don’t get affected as easily by dirt or water. Making them a better option than normal printer paper. We actually color coded the tags, so you don’t really need to write out the instructions, if you don’t want too. Here’s what it means,
- Orange + Yellow : Keep in the sun
- Green + Yellow: Doesn’t need special care
- Blue: Water regularly
- Pink: Keep in the shade
Now, the colors themselves, don’t always suffice. So, you can add specific details with any marker on top of the labels. You can choose to paint the sticks to match the label. Or you can leave them blank, if you prefer the natural colour. Leave the stick to dry for 2-3 minutes.
Paste a glue drop in the centre of the cutout and place it on the stick. You can choose to add multiple cutouts, if you’ve got these long sticks. Another reason why I prefer these particular sticks is, they can stand out of the plant. And won’t get wet, when you water the plant. Lastly, place the stick near the edge of the plant.
Things to remember:
- The cutout isn’t water resistant. So, it’s best to avoid water on it. Or, you can paste a thin layer of plastic on top of it, with some mode podge or clear glue.
- This makes a pretty simple addition, if you’re gifting a plant to someone. You can add details about the meaning of the plant, with the scientific name and other details as well.
How do you like this simple DIY? Easy peasy right! If you liked this idea, you’re probably going to like, how we organise desserts.
Let me know, what plant care you do daily! I want to make more of these simple cutouts 🙂 Have a fantastic week ahead! Bye!