I spent a lot of time searching my sheds and garage for materials, but finally found my inspiration elsewhere. In my kids' office (if you can call a room full of crayons and legos an 'office') we have a thousand or so fuse beads. What could be better for making weather-proof, colorful markers in the garden?
To make a plant marker like ours, you'll need fuse beads, an iron, the ironing paper that comes with the fuse beads (to protect your iron), a small drill, bamboo stakes, and nylon cord.
Make a fuse bead design and heat it with the iron it to make it permanent. Leave two holes near the top of the design for the cord. String the cord through the fuse bead design once the design has cooled.
Drill a small hole in each side of the bamboo stake. Run the cord through each hole and tie. Now your plant marker is ready for the garden!