Garden Hose Basket How-To

The perfect veggie, herb, and flower harvesting basket takes shape from a repurposed garden hose.

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.