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DIY Planter Box with Hose Reel

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Sick of tripping over your hose reel and looking for a cheap way to cover it up? Hide your hose reel in this handy DIY planter box! The simple turning mechanism inside will allow you to take the hose reel in and out of storage easily, whilst making sure that your garden looks tidy.

DIY Planter Box with Hose Reel

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel finished

Tools and materials

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel tools and materials

To make a garden hose reel DIY planter box you’ll need the following tools and materials:

Cost, time and difficulty

We’ve rated this DIY project as having a medium level of difficulty because it requires a certain amount of experience in handling the different tools.

The approximate price of the materials is around £50 although this can be reduced if you use pinewood boards instead of wooden planks, for example. You can purchase some of the tools and materials used via this sample shopping basket.

It will take about one full day’s work to complete this project, although this may vary depending on how good your DIY skills are.

How to make a DIY Planter Box with a Hose Reel

This hose reel is really practical, and decorative too. You can use it to both store your hose and as a pretty planter. 

Step 1- Cut the parts

Firstly, cut all of the parts that make up the main body of the hose reel. To do this, we used a mitre saw for its speed and precision, but you can also use a hand saw. The parts you need are:

  • 36 planks measuring 40 × 6.8 x 2.1cm
  • 4 planks measuring 40 × 3.2 x 3.2cm

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel MDF wood mitre saw

Step 2- Assemble the outer structure

Once you’ve cut the parts, assemble the outer section of the reel. To do this, screw the sides of each plank measuring 40 x 6.8 x 2.1cm to the planks measuring 40cm in height. The result can be seen in the image below:

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel assemble outer structure

Step 3- Hose coiling system

The next step consists of creating the system that lets you roll up the hose, allowing you to easily store it or take it out for use.

Step 3.1.- Creating the hole to pull out the hose

Firstly make a hole with the core drill both at the front and back. The diameter of the core drill should be wide enough that the hose can be inserted along with the connector.

This allows you to pull the part of the hose that connects to the hose gun or sprinkler out through the front hole, and through the back, the part that connects to the tap.

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel create hole for hose

3.2.- Part to coil the hose around

With a rod and plank of wood you will create the part around which to coil the hose. The steps are as follows:

  1. Cut a rod to 45 x 1.9cm and another to 3 x 2.7cm. Join the one measuring 2.7cm in diameter to one of the ends of the 1.9cm one with white glue.
  2. Using a flat drill with the same diameter as the rod, make a hole at each of the sides that haven’t been cut with the core drill.
  3. Sand the holes to remove splinters.
  4. With the flat drill start to make a hole in the plank measuring 12 x 3.2 x 3.2cm, without drilling through it completely.
  5. Insert the shaft through both holes and finish with the plank measuring 15cm which serves as the crank, and which you should attach using white glue.

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel inner turning mechanism

3.3.- Attach the base

To finish off the reel, cut a part of MDF board measuring 40 x 44cm and trim the corners with a jigsaw. Next, nail it to the base using a nail gun. This means you can you use the hose reel as a container to store your watering accessories.

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel attach the base

Step 4- Lid and planter

The next step is to make a lid which will also function as a planter. To make it, screw 4 planks measuring 30 x 6.8 x 2.1cm together like a drawer, and nail on an MDF base.

To make sure it fits and stays in place over the main section of the hose reel, you should screw 4 planks to the top as demonstrated in the image below.

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel lid and planter construction

Step 5- Treat and colour the wood

The next step is to protect and colour the wood with varnish. This type of finish allows the wood to breathe and helps to regulate interior moisture, making it ideal for outdoors furniture.

In just half an hour the varnish will be dry and you can start to make practical as well as decorative use of this hose reel.

All that’s left to do is attach the hose to the shaft using some cable ties, and then turn the crank.

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel treat and colour with varnish

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel complete

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel wrap hose reel

the handy mano manomano DIY planter box with hose reel finished

This article was written by: Bricoydeco and translated. Mari Luz authors the blog ‘Bricoydeco’, she is a DIY fanatic, lover of recycling and customising furniture. Her passion is giving a second chance to turn once forgotten things into unique pieces!

If you enjoyed making your own DIY planter box, why not have a look at our other garden DIY tutorials?

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