Kids' Garden Plant Markers

Make these cute bug friends to embellish your flowerpots and mark garden rows.

What You Need:

Handmade bug plant pokes

  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • 9 1/4x12-inch sheets of lightweight copper
  • Crafts foam: orange and yellow
  • Sparkling modeling wire mesh
  • 3/16-inch hole punch
  • Copper wire: 16- and 24-gauge
  • Wire cutters
  • Pencil
  • Golf tees
  • Cabochons
  • Two green pony beads
  • Two orange pony beads
  • Two green chenille stems


  1. Trace patterns onto tracing paper. (see link below) Cut them out.
  2. Trace patterns onto copper sheets, crafts foam, and wire mesh and cut out as follows: from copper, two grasshopper wings and one ladybug wings; from yellow crafts foam, one dragonfly wings, one firefly body; from orange crafts foam, one ladybug body; from wire mesh, firefly wings; from pink crafts foam, one butterfly body.

    Punch 3/16-inch holes in cutout pieces as indicated on the patterns, folding wings and bodies in half to reach inaccessible areas.
  3. Cut a long piece of 16-gauge (the thicker) copper wire; wrap it around a pencil to make a long coil. Slip the pointed end of a golf tee through the bottom two or three coils, then tighten those coils around the tee. Repeat to make one for each flower marker.

Continued on page 2:  How to Make Each Plant Marker