Cork your Planter

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Like any other crafty and food loving girl, I have a propensity for collecting empty wine bottles and, by extension, corks. (I promise it’s generally due to entertaining. Generally.) I’ve looking through Pinterest postings, found inspiration, been uninspired and ultimately started putting the used corks in a recycled jar, hoping that one day a craft project would come of them. Spring has a lovely way to motivate me to do things, like potting my new herb garden, so I picked up some soil, started planting my basil, rosemary, cilantro and lavender and then it hit me! I could use those leftover corks to label my seedlings! I have seen a version of this in this project, and while the original may look better, I’m enjoying my (super easy) version.

Materials

  • Wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Sharpie pen
See, it's not THAT many corks!

See, it’s not THAT many corks!

Find an open space on the cork (traditional cork works better than the composite kind), and write out the plant name. I had trouble with the thin tip Sharpie, so I would try one size up. Stick one end of the toothpick into one cork, and press into a second one. Leave about an inch or so between the corks.

Make sure to leave enough space between corks to stick up above the soil.

Make sure to leave enough space between corks to stick up above the soil.

Dig a small hole to bury the bottom cork and cover with soil. Voila! You now have new plant labels that took all of 5 minutes and now you can easily identify which herb is which.

It will look even prettier once the herbs start to sprout.

It will look even prettier once the herbs start to sprout.

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