DIY - Metal Tags for Herb Garden

This post was shared over at Pretty Handy Girl where I also shared how to make the herb garden. Well, this time I'm here to talk about the cute little tags, because I think they deserve their very own post.

The materials you'll need:
  • One small section of air ducting.
  • Metal cutting scissors
  • Gloves
  • File, sanding block
  • 1/8" stamping set
  • Hammer
  • Hole punch
  • Fine point Sharpie
  • The silhouettes for this project can be found here.
          Optional: dark stain


Cut each of the printed herb leaf silhouettes and tape them onto the metal.  With the scissors, cut through the metal following the silhouettes.  The small scissors worked like a charm, it takes some time to cut through the metal on those silhouettes with scalloped edges, it was a bit similar to cutting through cardboard.   Wear gloves.

Once the shapes are cut out...

File the edges, you don't want anything sharp.

Next, give the tags a worn out feel by sanding them.  I also rub them with a dark stain to add to the aged effect.

Now you can begin the stamping. I used a 1/8" stamping set, the smallest I have.  You can buy one for around $10.

Set each letter, leaving your desire spacing.  Don't stamp them to hard! I did that at the beginning and the letter got stamped with the extra circle around it. You don't want that!

Once done, you can use a regular hole punch to open a hole to hang the tag.

Finally, with a fine point Sharpie trace the letters.

The tags can now be displayed on your herb box.

The herbs have been growing nicely, the basil and mint are the ones with the most growth, the cilantro has had a hard time, I don't think it's going to make it to the end of the year! :(

metal tags in the form of herb leaves

Are you ready for planting season?


  1. Great post, Christina.

    Happy Mother's Day

  2. Happy Mother's Day pretty Christina! Que termines muy bien este dia en union de tu linda familia.

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