Create Garden Markers With Industrial Flair

Common home improvement store materials come together in this cool garden craft.

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Garden markers made from A/C dampers and assorted materials from the home improvement store.

Garden markers made from A/C dampers and assorted materials from the home improvement store.

Garden markers made from A/C dampers and assorted materials from the home improvement store.

Garden markers made from A/C dampers and assorted materials from the home improvement store.

Add a little bit industrial flair to your garden with these easy to make garden markers. The materials are a bit unconventional for the garden, but readily available at your local home improvement store. We combed the aisles and found dampers which are meant for air conditioning ducts. A few aisles over we rounded up the connector nuts and all thread rods. With very little time and a few cuts you will be on your way to a unique and stylish addition to your garden beds.

You can mark the metal with permanent markers without fear. Permanent marker will stick through rain and watering, but can be easily removed with rubbing alcohol and paper towels.

Garden Markers How-To

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Garden markers made from A/C dampers and assorted materials from the home improvement store.

Get Your Supplies

You will need: 6" A/C galvanized damper/1/4" all thread rod/1/4" connector nuts/hacksaw/tape measure/painter’s tape

Measure, Cut and Assemble

Measure the distance from the ground to the desired height of your plant marker. Use that measurement to cut the all thread. The end result will be 7 inches longer than your desired height. That extra length will be sunk into the ground. Mark the all thread with painter’s tape and cut with a hacksaw. Remove the extra fittings from the damper and attach the connector nut. Attach the damper and connector nut to the cut length of all thread rod.

Mark 'Em Up

Using permanent marker label the damper. Insert into the garden at the appropriate spot.

The materials:

  • 6" A/C galvanized damper
  • 1/4" all thread rod 
  • 1/4" connector nuts
  • Hacksaw
  • Tape measure
  • Painter’s tape
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