I started off by gathering my materials for the project and making the cuts for the 1"x1" sticks and plywood. I chose to make my 1"x1" sticks 14" long and my ½" plywood 3"x8". This is totally a personal preference, so feel free to adjust the size of your garden market to fit the look you're going for. If you're making Garden Row Markers or a marker for a large area where everything planted is the same, I would consider making them bigger too!
After all my cuts were made, I assembled the garden markers by screwing the 1"x1" stick to the piece of plywood using a 1" screw. I did pre-drill holes through the 1"x1"s, but did test making one without pre-drilling and it worked fine. If you don't pre-drill, I would just make sure that you have enough wood to be okay if a board or two splits. When assembling, I offset the 1"x1" piece about 1.5" from the side of the plywood. Don't worry about the screw showing, it will be hidden under the twine. Also, if you feel more comfortable screwing from the plywood into the 1"x1", I don't see why that wouldn't work!
Once the 1"x1" piece is secured to the piece of plywood, you can decide what you want to do with it. I decided to paint them white, because, well come on, a little white chippy goodness is always a plus in my book. I also decided to do this so that they will stand out a little bit more. I didn't necessarily want it to disappear once the plants had matured.
After the paint was dry, I tied my twine at an angle around the intersection of the stick and sign. I wrapped it 5 times one way and then 5 times the opposite way, creating an X.
I hand-painted the different vegetable names onto the signs with black craft paint. If you're not comfortable hand painting the words, then you could use your Cricut or Silhouette to make vinyl signs or stencils.
And Voila! They are done. I am so happy with how they turned out!
There are so many different things you could do to make these your own.
Paint them with chalk paint and use chalk to write the names on.
Leave them raw wood and stencil the words in any color you want.
Paint little vegetables on them instead of using words.
Make them all different heights to add interest.
You can make them larger, or smaller, depending on the size of your garden. The basic concept will be the same