This Simple Hack Turns Plastic Containers Into Functional Plant Labels

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Begin by gathering supplies for the hack. You’ll need a plastic container, sharp scissors (box cutters and shears work, too), and a permanent marker. Once you have everything you’ll need, wash the container, remove the sticky label from its surface (if applicable), and dry it. Now, grab your scissors and cut off the top and bottom of the container to make a rectangle or square-shaped open box that’s easier to turn into labels. Snip the ends of the box to get flat surfaces.

Finally, fashion 1½ to 2-centimeter wide strips from the flat surface. Voila! Your plant labels are ready. Use them as they are, or adjust their length to your preference. You can even cut one of the ends into a triangle shape to make it easier to insert in the soil. When you’re happy with the label, use a permanent marker to write the name of the plant on it. If you want the ink to be a bit more permanent and not fade after one to two years, use a paint marker. Once your seedlings grow into plants and you repot them, create a hole in one of the ends with a hole punch, insert a string, and tie it to the foliage. Finally, don’t throw away the top and bottom parts of the container. Depending on their shape, you can repurpose them as label holders, plant saucers, or handheld shovels.

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