They have a zinc-plated face, which you should be able to write on with a pencil or marker. But Dale said they'd look so much nicer in copper. One of the perks of being an art teacher is that I just so happen to have sheet copper and copper tape at home, as well as a set of metal stamps so instead of writing the names, I can stamp them permanently.
The first thing I needed to do was to remove the zinc plated metal -- I just unfolded the metal and took it off, then measured the unfolded piece. I added a little length so I had plenty to work with, then marked and cut my tooling copper. I then went down the plant list and stamped the botanical names with my metal stamps, which I bought a long time ago at Harbor Freight. I got them on sale for 2.99, and I've used them for a ton of things --
I added the year at the bottom. Thinking of the future when I may replace plants or add new ones!
After I stamped the name and date, I rolled the metal flat again. I marked the sides with a light crease.
After I rubbed the paint in, I used a paper towel to wipe off the excess:
I considered spraying the finished tag with a clear spray, but decided I wanted to let them age and build a nice patina.
Well, I hope to finish the drip system tomorrow. We also added solar lights (which have come a long way in the past few years!), I'll have a rundown of those in the next post.