Garden Flower Power: DIY Plant Markers and Outdoor Décor

Add a sprinkle of whimsy to your garden with upcycled bottle cap flowers.

Nothing says “Happy Earth Day!” like crafting with upcycled metal bottle caps. If you’re looking to spruce up your garden décor this year, this project is a winner. Not only can you bring in a color palette of your choosing, you can make these flowers go beyond sheer decoration and mark the various plants or herbs in your garden. Let’s do this!

Outdoor paints of your choice
7 regular sized metal bottle caps for each flower
Wooden craft sticks (1 for each)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Chalkboard paint and chalk (optional)
Larger metal bottle cap (optional)


  1. For each flower, arrange six bottle caps around one bottle cap in the center, upside down on a piece of newspaper or dropcloth
  2. Carefully hot glue the caps together and repeat once cool to be sure they’re sticking together 
  3. Glue the craft stick to the back of the caps and let cool
  4. When the flower is completely cool, flip it over and paint the fronts of the caps
  5. Paint the flowers two to three times for good coverage 
  6. Add a light coat of decoupage when the paint is completely dry

Tip: Use a larger cap in the center of the flower and paint the center cap with chalkboard paint. Follow the instructions for the rest of the surrounding caps, and use chalk to mark your garden plants with each flower.

Be inspired. Try different colors to signify the types of plants – or add polka dots or stars to your bottle caps for extra flair.

Want to add more to your garden?
Try these DIY Garden Mushrooms, or arrange your garden in something unique this year with these interesting garden planters.


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