DIY Garden Hose Basket Project

Treat Dad to a versatile, one-of-a-kind basket to use around the garden.

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DIY Garden Harvest Basket

DIY Garden Harvest Basket

Harvesting fresh veggies is one of the many uses for this garden hose basket.

Harvesting fresh veggies is one of the many uses for this garden hose basket.

If there is one thing that anyone who putters around the yard needs, it's a garden basket. The right garden basket can be incredibly handy. It can be used to store freshly harvested fruits, vegetables and herbs. You can wash your freshly-picked produce in it. It can also be used to tote hand held tools, twine, tiebacks for plants and even pulled weeds.

This year, the kids and I decided turn an ordinary garden hose into a versatile and fun garden basket. With a quick trip to the hardware store, we had everything we needed to get creating. A basket like this would be perfect to give for Father's Day. To make Dad's day special, we could also fill the basket with tools, garden gloves, assorted potted plants or even beer!

The basic idea came from those grade school clay coil pots that we all seemed to have made at one point or another. Instead of clay, we used a hose. By coiling and winding the garden hose upon itself and fastening it into place with zip ties, you can create any shaped garden basket. This basket is oval, but you could also do a longer flat basket or one that is more circular without handles. The possibilities are all part of the fun. Our finished oval basket with handles is approximately 20 inches in diameter and 10 inches high. Here is what you need to get started:

You Will Need:

  • One 50-foot garden hose
  • One hundred 8-inch zip ties
  • Scissors

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Garden Hose Basket Step-by-Step

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DIY Garden Harvest Basket

Turn a hose into a handmade garden tote with these easy steps. This project is a fun way to recycle a garden hose that has sprung a leak, but is otherwise in good condition.

You Will Need

For this project you will need: scissors / a 50-foot garden hose / 100 8-inch zip ties.

Starting Out

Begin by folding one end of the hose on itself and zip-tie it together as shown. The length is approximately 8 inches.

A Close Weave

Begin to coil the hose and zip tie it together at regular intervals to form the base of the basket. Pull the zip ties tightly so that the hose is tied snugly. Once the hose is securely tethered, clip off the excess from each zip tie.

The Base

Once you have coiled the hose on itself and the base is approximately 15 hose-widths wide, you are ready to start building the basket walls.

Taking Shape

Coil and zip tie the hose directly on top of the outer ring of the basket base. Do not cut the excess zip ties just yet—we will do this at the very end. Continue making the sides of the basket until you have about 5 feet of hose left.

Add a handle

On the last coil of the hose, loop the hose as shown and secure the handle on each side with a zip tie.

Fasten the Handle

Add another zip tie in the center of the basket handle as well. Then continue to coil the hose on the basket until you reach the opposite side. Repeat the handle step, then zip tie the end of the hose to the basket.

Adjust the shape

Adjust the basket's shape by adding on extra zip tie for support and tightening the existing zip ties.

Trim the Ends

Trim all the excess ends off the zip ties.

Ready for the Harvest

Your garden hose basket is now ready for the harvest. It also serves double duty: Rinse off your veggies in the harvest basket prior to bringing them indoors!

Use it for Anything

Your new basket can used to tote hand held tools, twine, tiebacks for plants and even pulled weeds.

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