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Recycled Key Garden Markers

Use old keys to make these recycled key garden markers for your herb, vegetable, or flower garden this spring. This is a wonderful springtime recycling project to keep old keys out of the landfill.
Author: Amanda Formaro


  • Recycled keys
  • White indoor/outdoor spray paint
  • Colorful Sharpie permanent markers
  • Outdoor sealer spray or brush-on such as Outdoor Mod Podge


  • Spray paint the keys and allow to dry. Give them a second coat and let them dry again before turning them all over and painting the other side.
  • Write herb names with colorful Sharpies. Then trace over the words, offset just a little, with a black fine point Sharpie. You want to make sure the color shows through.
  • Use shades of green to draw leaves in different sizes on the keys. I also used pinks, oranges and reds to add a few dots here and there just for colorful accent.
  • Allow the marker to dry for two hours before applying sealer. Apply two coats to each side.