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Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« on: March 12, 2015, 05:12:50 PM »
Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
Create easy and durable DIY plant markers using marble subway tile from your local home improvement store.

This is based on an article in the online magazine Birds and Blooms www.birdsandblooms.com using american terminology.

Marble subway tile, the kind sold in mosaic sheets at the home improvement store, and oil-based fine-tip paint markers, are all you need to make some DIY durable plant markers.

These tiles measure 2 inches by 4 inches, and come in a sheet of 15. You can find similar tiles in other colors and styles, but the surface of these work well for writing on.

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut the rows of tiles apart. Then, you can pull them away from the mesh backing, and trim any glue that remains on the edges.

Use an oil-based paint marker with a fine point to write or draw on these tiles. The oil-based paint dries very quickly, and is extremely weather-resistant. We kept our markers simple with black lettering, but you can get oil-based paint markers in a variety of colors and create any type of artwork you like.

If you need taller plant markers you can stick in the ground, use an outdoor-strength glue to attach metal barbecue skewers to the backs of these simple DIY plant markers.

If nothing else the pens sound ideal for plant labels but not sure if they are available in the UK.

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« Last Edit: March 12, 2015, 05:15:33 PM by wonky »

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 05:38:00 PM »
Just had a look on ebay and the Sharpie Oil based paint marker pen with a fine tip is readily available. They look to be under £4 each which includes cost of posting.

Anyone any experience of using them?

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 10:10:04 PM »
I've got Sharpie 'permanent' markers (from Morrisons) they work well but are just as prone to fading over a season. How easy are 'oil based' marker pens to wipe off Wonky?
 

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2015, 09:10:03 AM »
what a good idea to use tiles.....I would never have thought of that and I got a pile of tiles behind shed.

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2015, 01:54:50 PM »
How easy are 'oil based' marker pens to wipe off Wonky?
I'm afraid I have no idea. I can only repeat what it says in the article ie 'extremely weather resistant'.

Got to be worth a try though!

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2015, 03:42:51 PM »
Yep definately worth a try that  ThU:-)

Thanks Wonky!
 

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2015, 05:05:16 PM »
That looks a posher sharpie than I've got.

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2015, 07:05:25 PM »
So far I have tried W H Smith,  Paperchase, Asda and Wilko 3 of which stock some of the Sharpie range but none of which stock the oil based paint ones.

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2015, 11:05:38 PM »
They stock Sharpie pens in Morrisons here, but I'm not sure if they have the oil based model.
 

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 01:17:56 AM »
I forgot about Morrisons. I did try our local branch but the only marker pens stocked were their own brand so no luck there either. Its looking like the internet and good ol' fleece bay being the best bet. They are not listed on Staples web site or at Viking Direct.

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2015, 12:15:50 PM »
I forgot about Morrisons. I did try our local branch but the only marker pens stocked were their own brand so no luck there either. Its looking like the internet and good ol' fleece bay being the best bet. They are not listed on Staples web site or at Viking Direct.

Try these sites Wonky:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sharpie-Oil-Based-Markers-Colored-1770458/dp/B003YDYO1Q

http://www.cultpens.com/c/q/brands/sharpie#:g_brand=sharpie&g_category=pens&g_subcategory=marker-pens
 

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Re: Marble Tile DIY Plant Markers
« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2015, 04:18:38 PM »
Paint markers work fine when they work, it does take a few minutes for the paint to dry tho...and when you are left handed you have to be careful nut to drag your hand across the label while writing and I have found if you haven't used it for awhile they are a devil to get the paint flowing again. Just my two cents.
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