Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois
The first day of spring (a.k.a. vernal equinox) is right around the corner—March 20!—and to celebrate the new season, we’re hosting a little brunch for some of our girlfriends. We love adding a handmade touch to any get together, so for this gathering, we’re making these simple clay garden markers. Tied around a cloth napkin with a beautiful seed packet, they’re the perfect way to add a little pop to your table setting. Bonus: They also make the perfect spring party favor—your guests will enjoy planting the seeds, marking them with the clay stake, and watching them grow.
Click through for the simple step-by-step instructions…
• Air dry clay
• Alphabet stamps
• Cutting tool (or sharp knife)
• Rolling pin
• Seed packets
• Clear acrylic spray paint
1. With the rolling pin, roll out the clay until it’s ¼” thick. Protect your surface by working with clay on a piece of parchment paper.
2. I used poppy seed packets for each place setting. Press the alphabet stamps into the clay, making sure not to press all the way through the clay.
3. Using a knife or cutting tool, trim off the edges of clay. My markers wound up being 2.5″ tall.
4. Let the clay dry overnight. Once dry, spray with a clear coat of acrylic spray to seal.
I tied a finished clay marker and seed packets to a patterned cloth napkin
from Minted (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative).
Photos: Sara Albers