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Polymer clay was one of my first craft projects that I got started with in middle school. I use to make Christmas ornaments and little figurines. I still have some of these and it is fun to look back to see how far my skills have come. I still have some of my polymer clay and although it has dried out somewhat it can still be molded which is awesome! However I recently bought some new clay so that I could try out some new projects. Including making these DIY clay markers for my container herb garden.

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Supplies for DIY Herb Clay Markers for Container Herb Garden

Working with polymer clay is very fun, this clay is one that will slowly dry out but will not completely harden unless it is baked in the oven.

A close up of a block of terracotta polymer clay sitting on a silcone mat

I did not measure any of the clay that I kneaded together so I would say you just need to eye-ball the size. The clay may be hard to start with so make sure to warm a small chunk in your hands so that you can work with it.

To make the base of the plant marker I rolled out a rope of clay about 5-6″ long and then tapered one of the ends into a point (this will be the part that goes into the ground/container garden).

A close up of a rope of clay rolled out laying on a silicone mat
A ball of clay rolled up sitting on a silicone mat

For the top of your herb marker you will roll a ball and then I used the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten the ball. I was not concerned about the circles being exact. Once the top was done it was time to use the miniature alphabet stamps to spell out the names of the herb. I was planting basil, rosemary and thyme.

A close up of a clear glass pushing down on a terracotta ball to flatten into a circle
A close up of a flattened clay circle on a silicone mat
A close up of small alphabet stamps sitting on a silicone mat
A close up of a terracotta clay circle with the word "thyme" stamped on top

After this I gently turned over the top and attached the “stem” to the top on the back and then smoothed the clay together so that the marker top and stem became one. I then gently transferred the markers into an oven safe dish so that they could be baked.

A close up of a terracotta clay circle with a rope of clay pressed on the back
A close up a circle with a stem attached and blended in on a silicone mat
A terracotta herb marker that reads "thyme" laying on a silicone mat
A terracotta colored herb marker laying in a white baking dish on a table

The baking instructions may vary slightly depending on the brand of polymer clay you use. I like to use Sculpey and depending on the type of Sculpey you have (they have several types) the instructions are to bake at 275 degrees and for every 1/4″ of thickness you would set the timer for 15 minutes.

A close up of terracotta colored herb markers stuck in soil

Once they are cooled you can stick them in your container herb garden an wait for the herbs to grow.

A close up of terracotta colored herb markers stuck in potting soil

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