5 Things to Do with… Garden Hoses

Even if they've been punctured or torn, garden hoses can be repurposed to serve practical or decorative roles both indoors and out.

How many times have you dragged your hose into position only to discover that it’s sprung a leak? Fear not! Even with a hole or a tear, that lanky length of rubber can be put to work in myriad ways. Scroll down to see how repurposed garden hoses can serve practical or decorative roles, both outdoors and in.

 

1. WEAVE A BASKET

Repurposed Garden Hoses - Basket

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Repurposed garden hoses, a few handfuls of zip ties, and an impressive degree of patience: These are the keys to assembling a quirky basket for towels, yard toys, or garden tools. Before you begin this project, remember to let the hose lie in the sun for several hours to make it more pliable and easier to work with.

 

2. HANG A WREATH

Repurposed Garden Hoses - Wreath

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Wind up an old hose to make a garden-inspired wreath in under five minutes. Decorate your creation with thematically appropriate accessories like flowers, work gloves, or a small watering can. Complete the look with a bow and you’ll have the perfect accent for a storage shed door, or to announce the arrival of spring.

 

3. IRRIGATE A GARDEN

Repurposed Garden Hoses - Soaker

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If you’re looking for a cheap DIY drip irrigation solution, look no further than repurposed garden hoses. Use a hammer and nail to poke holes every inch or two along the tubing, then run the hose through your garden. Plug the end of the hose with a clamp or simply tie it off by securing a kink with twine or a zip tie.

 

4. CUSHION A HANDLE

Repurposed Garden Hoses - Bucket Handle

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Heavy buckets—always hard to manage—are even more difficult to lift and transport if they have wire handles. Fortunately, you can add cushioning with repurposed garden hoses. Simply remove the wire handle and sheath it with the proper length of hose, then reattach the new and improved grip.

 

5. FIX IT!

Repurposed Garden Hose - Fix It

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Assuming your garden hose is not too far gone, chances are that you can easily fix it with only a few inexpensive tools and materials. With a utility knife, cut off the damaged portion, then use hose clamps and a mender (a short coupler, commonly sold with clamps as a kit at hardware stores) to bridge the two properly functioning hose lengths.