Garden Plant Labels from Window Blinds - Part 3

In part 2 of this article, the procedure to make the garden plant labels out of old window blinds was discussed. The finished garden plant label is 2 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. I've chosen 2.5" as the length of these garden plant labels because I propagate many plant with seedlings in garden seedling trays or bags. The length is just right when staking them to label seedlings in these small containers. I also made garden plant labels that are 4" long for the bigger pots.

The practical way of writing on these garden plant labels is sideways as shown below.

When you will have consumed all the slats and converted them into garden plant labels, you will be left with hundreds of these garden plant labels. Rather than leave them laying around and risking damaging them (or worse, somebody throwing them away), here's a technique to safely store them in old transparent plastic jars.

How to Store the Homemade Garden Plant Labels

  • Masking Tape
  • Duct Tape
  • Transparent Plastic Jar
  • Scissors

  1. Pile garden plant labels in 5 stacks with 10 garden plant labels in each stack. The garden plant labels will then total 50 when bundled together as shown below.

  2. Bundle each 50-piece stack with a piece of masking tape. Join two of these bundles on their long sides as shown below.

  3. Join together these two bundles with a longer piece of masking tape so you now have a 100-piece bundle. Secure the end of the masking tape with a small piece of duct tape as shown below.

    Masking tape can bind the garden plant labels together without leaving adhesive residue on the label surfaces. The duct tape secures the masking tape so it doesn't unstick and unbind the garden plant labels.

  4. Put all completed 100-pc bundles in an old transparent plastic jar. The transparent jar allows you to see what's inside.

This DIY project netted me 2,000 pieces of garden plant labels that are 2.5" long and 700 pieces that are 4" long. I had to use a couple of transparent plastic jars to store them all. That's a lot even for small-time gardener like me. They're reusable, durable and their use will go a long way in seedling propagation.

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