Recycled Silverware Garden Signs

I was browsing Country Living (one of my top 5 magazines ever, $10 for a year on Amazon…just sayin’…) in the carpool line at the school the other day when I came across these:


Cute, right?  And $8?  Not bad, but I wanted to see if I could make them myself for less.



Baby wipes, metal stamps (I already had some from the washer necklaces), old silverware, a Sharpie, and a hammer.

Apparently no one in Utah throws out forks or spoons because knives were all that I could find at our local thrift store last Saturday.  Maybe you’ll have better luck?

Using the hammer and the stamp set, stamp the name of your herb/vegetable/whatever on your silverware.  I’ve found it works best to do this outside on concrete.  There are no pictures of this step because it was 28 degrees outside.

Using a Sharpie, color over the letters you just stamped.


Grab a baby wipe and wipe off the excess.  If the letters aren’t dark enough for your liking, do it again.


How cute would one of these be in a pot with a fresh herb as a hostess gift?



And if you don’t want to make them?  You can always go here and buy the ones from Country Living.

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  1. Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. says:

    I remember eying those on etsy awhile back–and thinking I could do that! Now that I know it's as easy as it looks, I will.

  2. Hi I'm Amy, says:


  3. These are adorable!

  4. Very cool! I love that look!

  5. So cute! I can't wait to make some of these.

  6. Very cute! I just signed up to follow. Thanks for sharing your "crap"…love it!

  7. SewSweetStitches says:

    I LOVE this! I don't have any herbs at the moment, but I could still use them in my living room plants. Thanks!

  8. i love your blog! and instead of baby wipes, you could use 0000 steel wool and not have anyting to throw away and it would be brushed and a little shiny! fabulous way to use up crap!

  9. The Fear Fam says:

    Love it! I saw these on Etsy and wanted to buy some for my mom, but never got around to it. Now I can make them for her instead. Thanks!

  10. so cute!! the boys and I are going to do an herb garden on the back porch this year. These would be perfect. Good job.

  11. Heather Gates says:

    Very cool! I will have to try this out.

  12. frillsfluffandtrucks says:

    What an adorable idea! Love the butter knife!

    ~ Sarah

  13. What an amazing idea!! Love it!

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  14. I love them! Fabulous.

  15. PHARES CAUSEY says:

    OMG! I just finished a tutorial for the same thing! I just used spoons but did not think of knives! Yours looks so good, I would love to have some metal stamps. I need to research those!

  16. That is very neat! I really like it!

    I love your blog name!!!

  17. Brown Sugar Babies says:

    I love this – and I had to laugh at "there are no pics because it's 28 degrees outside". I hear you!! LOL

  18. Joni Walton says:

    If I invite you to dinner would you bring one of these to me as a hostess gift? Even if you won't :), just having you to dinner would be fun enough! We should meet some where one of these days…

  19. Emily Hyte says:

    And all a dollar has silverware sometimes…

  20. very cute!

  21. for sure I am doing this, with all 25 of my Antique silver ware I bought at the antique mall for like a quarter each, oh yes, and they are all spoons

  22. Peggy of Plush Nest says:

    where did you get the stamps? do they come in different sizes?
    really cool tutorial.

  23. Peggy of Plush Nest says:

    where did you get the stamps? do they come in different sizes?
    really cool tutorial.

  24. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    The stamps came from Harbor Freight. They do come in different sizes and are pretty cheap.

  25. Love it!!!


  26. Great idea!

    Also, if Utah is like Georgia Thrift Stores can't sell silverware, I have no idea why but they can't.

  27. this is so cool, ive been wanting to do it for a while! may i ask you where you purchased your letter stamping kit? I want one really badly but do not want to spend a fortune.
    Thank You for sharing!


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