Easy Terracotta Clay Herb Markers

Create labeled herb markers using terracotta air dry clay and stamps. An easy project that is perfect for the garden, but makes a great gift too!

herb in peat pots with clay tags

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It's that time of year when many of us have gardening on the mind. Mr DIY and I gifted our son and daughter-in-law a garden for their wedding gift! The back corner of their yard was prepped, raised beds were built, and we started lots of herbs and plants from seed.

While we've been baby-ing the seedlings, I thought it would be fun to create some herb markers to identify some of the plants.

This project is really easy, and the terracotta plant markers are made even easier by using terracotta air dry clay! I love using clay, be sure to check out more of my projects below!

Just a word of caution: this stuff will turn everything it touches orange! Your hands, your table, everything! I'll share some tips below for keeping your work surface and hands clean while you're making the herb tags.

How to make terracotta clay herb markers

connectable stamps, terracotta clay herb tags

Supplies Used

I'll share a graphic below, but here are the basic steps to making these easy herb markers from the terracotta clay.

Tip: to keep my work surface, rolling pin and hands clean, I used parchment paper to roll out the clay, and I wore disposable gloves! This helped a lot!

Step 1 - roll out clay

Make sure you're using a hard surface. I placed a washable cutting mat on my table, flattened a piece of clay and laid a sheet of parchment on top of it. Then I rolled the clay out to between 1/4-1/8" thick. You don't want the clay too thin or the edges will curl up as it dries.

Step 2 - cut out circles

Use a cutter or glass to cut out circles from clay and then poke a hole into each piece with a skewer.

Step 3 - stamp words

I love these connectable stamps. You just click your word together and it acts as a single stamp, making it quick and easy to stamps words. Be sure to press hard enough that as the clay dries, the indentation will remain.

Larger words, like rosemary, can be broken up into two rows as shown below.

Step 4 - let clay dry

It takes about 24 hours for the clay to dry. I usually flip the pieces over to dry the backs after 12 hours.

Step 5 - seal clay tags

Spray the herb markers with a matte sealer. Do the fronts, let them dry, then flip over and spray the backs.

Don't neglect this step! Not only does it protect the clay tags from moisture, meaning they can be used outside! But it also seals the color so it doesn't rub off.
steps to make stamped terra cotta clay herb markers

I used jute twine to tie the herb tags onto some biodegradable peat pots. These herbs were started from seed and are still pretty small, but they will grow fast once I get them outside in the sun!

herb pots with stamped clay markers
Wouldn't a trio of herbs, along with clay markers, make a great gift for mother's day, a friend's birthday or even a housewarming gift? Keep reading for a great tip for using these terracotta clay herb markers in your garden!

thyme, basil, mint herb markers tied around seedling pots

sage planted in terracotta pot, clay herb tag tied around pot

I made a bunch of herb markers so I've got all my favorite herbs covered! We love using fresh herbs in cooking, easy fresh bruschetta and pasta, salads and my simple homemade pico de gallo! I'm using mint and sage, along with fresh ginger, to make an iced tea that is popular in Memphis! 

pile of clay herb markers with stamped words

basil planted in pot, terracotta clay tag tied with jute

There's nothing quite like fresh chopped basil and parsley mixed with a garden ripe tomato and a little salt and olive oil! Summer perfection! Doesn't this baby basil plant look so cute 😉🌱 It smells amazing already!

Once these seedlings have grown a little bigger, it will be time to plant them in the garden. The peat pots will break down in the soil, so they make the ideal pot! I would recommend using these plant stakes with the terracotta clay herb labels! You can just slide the clay tag right onto the stake and insert it into the garden soil!

seedlings planted in pots, terracotta clay stamped herb tags

stack of round terracotta clay herb markers

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round air dry clay stamped herb markers, mini pots filled with garden herbs
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  1. Cindy, your terracotta markers are so good looking! I love this project and I'm pinning for later!

    1. Thanks for letting me know Michelle, I'm so glad you like them 😉

  2. I have been a big fan of terracotta anything, but now I need to make these garden labels! How adorable!!! They would make the cutest number labels too!

    1. Thanks so much Donna, yes number labels are a great idea! I made some for July 4th!


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