How to Make Garden Stakes
Even the most green-fingered garden enthusiasts can sometimes forget which plants are growing where in their urban garden. These wooden garden stakes are a perfect way to add some character and organisation to your green space. Plus, they provide your plants with the perfect support while they’re growing. In just a few simple steps, you’ll be creating your own DIY garden stakes, giving your plants the attention they deserve. This step-by-step guide on how to make your own garden stakes is really fun and easy to follow, so let’s get started.
Cut the wood to your desired shape
First up, decide how long you want your garden stakes to be: this is totally up to you and may depend on what type of plants or herbs you want to grow in your urban garden. We recommend making the bottoms of the stakes a triangular shape so you can easily stick them into the ground and they’ll stay up. Time to put on your safety gear. Ready? Cut the stakes to your desired length and shape with a mini circular saw. Next, sand the edges to get a clean, smooth appearance using your trusty Dremel Multi-Tool and Sanding Band & Mandrel 13 mm grit 60 (407).
Coat the garden stakes
Now you’re ready to put a finish on your wooden garden stakes and give them an individual touch. Stain your stakes the colour of your choice and apply a coat of varnish to seal and protect them. Coating your DIY wooden garden stakes will not only enhance their appearance, it’ll also help them last longer, meaning you’ll get the most out of this small city garden idea.
Make metal plaques for your garden stakes
Time to get to work on the metal plaques that will turn your garden stakes into cool urban garden accessories that will really stand out in your garden or on your balcony. Grab your Dremel Multi-Tool, equip it with the Dremel EZ SpeedClic Mandrel (SC402) and a Thin Cutting Wheel (SC409). With the sheet metal clamped firmly in place, cut out your plaques to the desired shape. Next, grind the sharp edges smooth with the Aluminum Oxide Grinding Stone 9.5 mm (932). Done that? Great, now drill a hole in each corner using a drill bit from the Precision Drill Bit Set (628).
Engrave the plaques
Great, you’ve almost finished your urban garden project. Now you can attach the plaques to your garden stakes and engrave the names of your plants, so you’ll never mistake your basil for mint or your dill for carrots! First, attach the plaques to the wooden stakes using small finish nails and a hammer. Then, write the plant names in pencil on the metal plaques. If you’re happy with them, you can trace the names with a marker pen to make the engraving easier. To engrave, use a Dremel Multi-Tool and Diamond Wheel Point 2.4 mm (7144). Always start at a low RPM and, when you feel comfortable, slowly speed it up. You’ve done it: your DIY garden stakes will not only help keep your garden organised, but they’ll look great too!