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.
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.
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.
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.