Easy and beautiful DIY plant watering guides

Easy and beautiful DIY plant watering guides

We have a wide variety of houseplants in our home, with varying levels of water and care needs.

I have a bit of a problem.

I have a hard time passing a selection of plants, without buying any.

And then I have an even harder time keeping up with their needs consistently.

Not to mention individually.

I tend to assume they all need watered at the same time.

What can I say, I’m not perfect!

But I did come up with an easy way to “label” all my houseplants for their different water needs.

Some need to be kept moist pretty consistently, others need to dry out a bit between waterings, and others need large windows between their drinks.

And I’m going to show you a super easy and fun way to keep that all straight for yourself!

These plant markers are so simple to make, and all you have to do is glance at them to know whether it’s time to water your green buddy or not.

And bonus, you can keep a small guide on your fridge or in your home binder to make it easy on anyone caring for your house while you’re away.

So check out these watering guides, and keep your plants from looking like this poor little fern below.


All you need is a roll of wire, a little bit thicker than jewelry wire. I used some 16 and 20 gauge wire in different colors.

Wire cutters or something you feel you can safely cut wire with.

Needle nose pliers to make bending the wire easier.

And decorative beads. I used glass beads in different shapes and sizes, but you can use any kind.


Each stake will be made with one length of wire, and 1-3 beads depending on the water requirements for the plant.

1 = least amount of water. This is for cactus and succulent like plants. They usually require the soil to fully dry out between thorough waterings.

2 = moderate amount of water. These plants usually want the top inch or two of soil to dry out in between full drinks.

3 = most amount of water. These plants like their water, and they like it often! This is what my poor little fern needs, damp soil that’s maintained at a constant level.


Using the needle nose pliers I created a simple loop on one end of the wire. Then I threaded my beads down the loop. I made a tall S curve on the other end of the beads to hold them in place, and that’s it! So simple and easy!

I quickly made enough of these for all of my houseplants, in less than 15 minutes.

And I keep my supplies handy for the inevitable moment I bring another plant baby home!


So, are you a fellow plant addict? And if so, do you have a method to keep all your plant babies happy?

Let me know in the comments below, or tag #peoniesandcream and @peoniesandcream on social media!

DIY Plant Watering Guides | Peonies and Cream
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