Easy Pipe Cleaner Plant Markers

Cheap and easy diy plant markers was the goal with this project. And while there are quite a few super simple ideas, I wanted to use something I had on hand. I was looking through my craft stash for some popcicle sticks, but I ended up finding a few bags of colorful pipe cleaners.  

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Easy pipe cleaner plant markers

Senory colored pipe cleaner plant markers | StowandTellU.com

This could not have been more simple!! The array of colored and patterned pipe cleaners made it even kind of fun and visually pleasing to match each one to the flowers on the seed packets.

I was able to cut the pipe cleaners with a pair of scissors, but a pair of craft wire cutters would have worked, too.


I opened the seed packets from the bottom. Some of the seeds were so tiny, I placed them on a white plastic lid.

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When I was done sowing, I taped the bottom back up so I can plant more of the seeds later. And then taped the color coordinated pipe cleaner to the front of the packet.

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For several other easy and inexpensive seedling marker ideas you might like these:

Milk jugs or plastic containers from Tickle Penny Corner

Toothpicks and washi tape from The Pickled Herring

Plastic spoons and a Garden marker pen from My Maple Hill Farm


Follow along with the Start with a Seed Plant Growing Series:

Intro: part 1

Garden planning printable: part 2

Reading and understanding seed packets: part 3

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7 Responses to Easy Pipe Cleaner Plant Markers

  1. Anne February 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

    What a great idea! Have a wonderful weekend Amy! xo

  2. Feral turtle February 26, 2017 at 10:27 am #

    What a great idea Amy. I will pass this idea along to my sister with the green thumb. Thanks for sharing

    • Amy February 28, 2017 at 7:08 pm #

      Thank you my friend with the golden hammer xo

  3. Lynnee May 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm #

    So clever! I am also at a loss for popsicle sticks

    • Amy May 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank you Lynnee!

  4. Jen May 17, 2017 at 8:10 am #

    What a good idea! Going to pin this now 🙂 I recently planted some seedlings with my boys. If you’re interested, this would be a great addition to my weekly link up Be Clean Be Green With Kids. I’d love for you to share! http://www.honestlymodern.com/category/blog-101/be-clean-be-green-with-kids-link-up/ Thanks for sharing this idea.

    • Amy May 17, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

      Thanks so much for the invite, Jen. Projects with kids are the best!!

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