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Make Garden Markers from Golf Balls

Updated on May 8, 2013

Use old, nicked golf balls to mark your garden.

Last year, I built a raised bed garden in my back yard. With several types of fruit and veggie seeds being planted, I wanted to remember what was what. I could have purchased some cutesy porcelain sticks with things like "radishes" or "dill" written on them. But Im always looking for what I can use around the house to avoid buying new stuff. If I can re-purpose something, I will! My husband had a bucket of old golf balls in the garage, so I gave them a scrub and a polish and got out my craft paint. They worked out perfectly as garden markers! You might be thinking that those are some expensive craft materials. But after golf balls have been nicked, golfers often don't want to use them anymore. Instead of cluttering the landfill even more, you can use these little spheres for something helpful! By the way, "cukes" is my nickname for cucumbers! (Photo mine)

Craft paint

If you're tempted to use your kids' paints in the kitchen cabinet, that will work as long as they aren't washable. Don't forget they have to weather the rain!

Photo Mine
Photo Mine

WHAT YOU NEED

And a few easy steps

Old golf balls (as many as different kinds of seeds you plant)

Empty egg carton

2 contrasting colors of craft paint (or one color and a sharpie of another color)

Small tipped brush(es)

What to do:

1. Wash your old golf balls so that the dirt won’t keep the paint from sticking.

2.Use an empty egg carton to hold the balls still for painting and drying.

3.Use your first color of craft paint to cover the surface of the golf balls. Allow to dry.

4.Use second color of paint or Sharpie to write the names of the crops. Allow to dry.

5.Place markers in front of corresponding crops!

Have fun!

I'll bet yours turn out prettier than mine! I'm no artist!

These need to be washed and repainted for this year!

These need to be washed and repainted for this year!
These need to be washed and repainted for this year!

Find old range balls on eBay

If you don't want to buy 600 of them or pay for shipping, you could also go down to your local driving range and ask whether they have any nicked, old balls they would like to get rid of. Some ranges sell their older golf balls.

Photo mine.  Radishes from my garden in 2012.
Photo mine. Radishes from my garden in 2012.

Using them year after year.

Last year was the first time I had this bright idea. I’m planting a few different things this year. I will be giving last year’s markers a rinse under the garden hose, then painting over some to reflect the names of the new seeds. The paint has held up fairly well, especially considering the slick surface of a golf ball, plus the fact that this is probably not an intended use of the craft paint.

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Do you like my idea? - Have you ever repurposed an item as a garden marker?

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    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: Thank you!

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you!!

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @anonymous: Thanks, Tipi! I always appreciate your comments!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      What a clever idea...oops, someone said that already....but that's a good word for it! Nice to know another use for them and how nice for you to have a raised bed garden! :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Nice ideas, surely try this :)

    • lesliesinclair profile image

      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      Nifty new idea. I'm not even familiar with golf balls for their prime purpose. Super!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      What a clever idea. Happy gardening

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @JoanieMRuppel54: That's a very good point, and not one I have explored, frankly. I didn't use washable paint, because I knew that would obviously rinse down into the soil. I wonder if such a thing exists as all-natural paints?

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      Joanie Ruppel 

      5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I like this idea a lot but wonder this - we garden organically so is the paint on the golf ball bad for the soil? We are very strict about what we put in our yard, compost and garden.

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      DebW07 

      5 years ago

      This is such a good idea. My husband is a golfer so we have lots of golf balls and I think I will be putting some in my garden. Thanks!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Novel way to recycle.

    • Corrinna-Johnson profile image

      Corrinna Johnson 

      5 years ago from BC, Canada

      These are really neat and clever idea. My dad would love these and I am going to make some for him!

    • Corrinna-Johnson profile image

      Corrinna Johnson 

      5 years ago from BC, Canada

      These are really neat and clever idea. My dad would love these and I am going to make some for him!

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @lisln: Thank you!

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @kristalulabelle: Thank you!

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @Elyn MacInnis: Haha, I bet they would be a temptation for pets. We don't have any dogs right now, so we haven't had that problem. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

    • CamelliaPenny profile imageAUTHOR

      Perrin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      @MBurgess: Thank you! The craft sticks are a great idea, too!

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      This is a really neat idea! In my gardening I use wooden craft sticks because I keep them for my painting and they are bio-degradable. The colorful globes are nifty conversation piece for your garden. I bet its a great place to visit! Congrats on your feature and Purple Star!

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      Elyn MacInnis 

      5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Great idea. Our dogs might decide they want to play with them though. Perhaps a little Tabasco painted on would keep them away?

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      Kristen 

      5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Fabulous idea! I would have never dreamed this up on my own!

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      LorLinda 

      5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      Great idea and good clear instructions.

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