It’s May 15th! Why does that matter, you ask? Well, it means it’s time for this month’s Home Depot Gift Challenge! Woop woop! If you’re new here, this HDGC is a challenge where 12 other bloggers and I take the same item from Home Depot, and turn it into a fabulous gift for a specified person. It’s so much fun to see what each other comes up with! I gotta say, this group of ladies is craaaaaazy talented. You do NOT want to miss checking out their projects at the end of this post!
(We are in no way associated with Home Depot; we just really love their stuff!)
So, ready to find out what this month’s chosen item was? A 2×4. And wow, it was actually tough this time around (again!). Do you know just how many things you can make with a 2×4?!
This month’s gift was also supposed to be for a new homeowner, so I tried to think of what I would want if I were moving into a new house. My hubby and I thought about it for awhile, and since we’ve been working out in the yard a lot, we decided to tackle an organizational project that any new homeowner would appreciate!
Garden hoses are necessary, and something every new homeowner will need. Let me just tell you that organizing our hose was not on the top of our “to-do” list when we moved into our house, so our hoses still just lay strewn about the yard. Mainly because I’m lazy after I water my plants and don’t want to bother with it.
But, having something to coil my hose up on would make it a lot easier to actually put it away. And so, we made a little 2×4 DIY garden hose storage!
We started with this:
You could even make two of these garden hose storages because you’ll have two 2×4’s after cutting. We also found this fabulous pack of 2 utility hooks for something like $2.86 (they were where all the bike hooks were!) Totally a steal, and the perfect size to hold our hose!
First, we started by attaching the hook to our 2×4. We put it close to the top, as we knew a good foot of the bottom of the 2×4 would have to be in the ground to support a heavy hose. David drilled a couple of pilot holes for the screws.
While that dried, I had David cut another 2×4 to be 6 inches long. This would be nailed down on top of the hose storage, to be able to hold a potted plant. I sprayed painted that piece of wood with the textured paint to match.
I planted a pretty little pansy in the pot. I felt like the hose storage would be a little bare and boring without it!
David dug a nice hole outside about a foot deep, placed the hose storage inside, and then put the dirt back around it and packed it down good. I was a little worried it would fall over with the weight of the hose (and David almost went as far as cementing it!), but it’s held up perfectly! I think burying it a foot deep was perfect, any less and it would topple forward.
(Just click on the picture to be taken to the project!)
Thanks for stopping by today, friends! Have a fabulous weekend!
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