I may have a problem with throwing things away. I’m not a hoarder or anything; in fact, I prefer a clutter-free house. But the more I read about reusing and cutting down on the amount of trash I produce, the more I want to find a use for everything. A few years ago I read an article about a family who threw away almost no trash (The Zero Waste Home). It amazed me, and inspired me to be more conscious of the trash I produce.
The idea for a DIY Garden Twine Bucket came from this plastic bucket stored away in my closet that held snack mix. It had a handle and a sealable lid, so I just knew I could eventually find a use for it. I’m so glad I listened to my instincts!
DIY Garden Twine Bucket
I am notorious for leaving my garden twine out in the garden. By the end of last fall, our dog started using what was left of my spool as a toy. Twine strands were everywhere! Zip ties are also a favorite garden helper of mine, but the work of going back into the workshop to dig around for them was exhausting. Enter the empty plastic bucket. I knew that with a few well-placed holes, this handled bucket could easily hold the items I used most in the garden. And since I know I’m prone to leave it outside, it would be “decently” water resistant with the sealed top.
Also, with the handle, it can hang in the garage when not in use and be easily carried by the little gardeners if needed. This was certainly a repurposed win for us!
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Small plastic bucket with lid (and preferably a handle)
- Twine/Ties/Garden Tape
- Scrapbook Paper
- Packing Tape
- Gather your supplies and begin by choosing where you want your holes placed on the lid of your bucket. Mark your places with a Sharpie. (How many holes you have will also depend on how many garden helps you’ll store in your bucket.)
- Use a small screwdriver to puncture holes in the top of your bucket. Once the screwdriver is through the plastic, gently move it around to increase the size of the hole.
- Once your holes are in place, you can create a decorative wrap around the bucket. This is completely optional. If you don’t want to wrap your bucket, skip this step. Measure the height of your bucket without the lid. Use that height measurement to cut a wide strip of scrapbook or other craft paper. Wrap this paper around the bucket. Use packing tape, smoothed evenly to avoid bumps, to secure the paper to the bucket. Add a paper label if desired, then cover all of the exposed paper with packing tape to make it hold up better outdoors.
- Place your twine and/or plant tape inside the bucket and thread it through the hole in the lid. Secure the lid and then add any twist ties you frequently use. I left a small open space on one side of the bucket for garden tape. I will be able to easily add it to the bucket later in the season.
What you’ll have is a handy bucket, full of what you need most in the garden (other than plants of course). You can even include a bit of twine with scissors attached on the side. I usually use my pruning shears to cut twine, but having a pair attached to the bucket is a quick and easy addition.
I love using what’s around to create new and useful items, like this vintage tea canister. I’d love to know how you’ve reused and repurposed items in your house! It’s always better to find another use for something than to throw it in a landfill. Reuse away and happy gardening!