Low-Cost DIY Gardening Tool Ideas For Everyone Who Wants A Garden At Their Backyard

Learn how you can turn your old pipes, plastic bottles, and metal scraps into basic gardening tools.

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Gardening could be one of the most popular leisure time for those who do not want to get outside their gates to enjoy their free time away from work or school stress. While gardening takes certain skills and commitment, everything can be learned through simple research and reading. Others may have a natural knack for growing some greens, but just like how Chef Auguste Gusteau exclaims “Anyone can cook!” in the animated film Ratatouille, I can say that “Anyone can plant!”

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Garden tools on grass in yard

Garden tools on grass in yard

If you want to achieve the perfect Zen, you have to start humble. You do not necessarily have to splurge on gardening tools; what you need is resourcefulness and a lot of creativity in looking for tools you might have probably left in your storage room or in your workshop. These do-it-yourself (DIY) gardening tool ideas will surely kick start your journey to becoming a green artist.

Low-Cost DIY Gardening Tool Ideas For Everyone Who Wants A Garden At Their Backyard

You Got The Pipes?

Tubes with rainbow colors

Tubes with rainbow colors

One thing you might’ve never realized is that you can do so much with some of the leftover PVC pipes you are keeping in your storage room. Those thinner PVC pipes can be made into good handles for handmade shovels or rakes. They can also serve as trellises for your crawling plants. You can paint them on with vibrant colors to make them pop and to complement the plants going around them.

If you have a lot of spare pipes, you can use them instead of wood or steel in assembling a tool rack. Instead of nails, you will depend on pipe joiners to stick the tubes together and create joints. These thinner pipes can be turned into fences that can keep away stray animals from bugging your garden.

For thicker pipes around four inches in diameter, the best use for them is small planters. You can adorn the outside of the pipe with tiles and stones or you can paint it with different patterns.

All About Those Bottles

Plastic bottle cloche

Plastic bottle cloche

Every type of plastic bottle will definitely find its own place in the garden. Take for example those drinking bottles. The bottle can be cut in half horizontally and be used as small planters. The bottom part of the bottle can be turned into mini pots you can line up in patios. The upper part with the bottle opening suits perfectly for a vertical garden. The bottles can also serve as a protection for seeds starting to sprout.

Interior with flowers decoration in hall of modern house

Interior with flowers decoration in hall of modern house

If you have bigger milk or condiment bottles that have handles, then you can deconstruct them into so many ways. You can outline a mini trowel onto the side of the bottle with a handle. That same handle will serve as the grip of the trowel. Or you can turn them into scoops for your fertilizers. Make a diagonal cut adjacent to the handle and two-forward slanted cuts on the other sides.

Gallon of milk

Gallon of milk

More so, the wider side of the bottle can be utilized as a tray for small planters. You can cut strips of the bottle to make small labels for seedlings.

Do you have empty spray bottles? Time to wash it and turn it to sprinklers for small plants. You have to wash the bottle thoroughly as the bottle may have contained harmful chemicals.​

Hand holding spray bottle

Hand holding spray bottle

Let’s Talk About Those Metal Scraps

Another thing that you might have stowed away in your storage room to rot are some metal scraps. Some of the essential gardening tools can manually be made from such scraps. Take for instance the cobra-head tool you use for weeding. If you have a pointy steel rod, you can curve it slightly by hammering and shaping to make a cobra head. Attach it to a small cut of pipe to make a handle. Voila! You can now weed out your garden in no time with your makeshift cobra-head weeder.

Construction Rod

Construction Rod

Meanwhile, unused stainless-steel spatulas can be perfectly morphed into some rectangular spades that are useful in digging.

Stainless steel spatula

Stainless steel spatula

Check the back of your door and see if you have an old metal dustpan. There are many ways on how you can turn this into a gardening tool but for now, let me tell you how you can turn this into a square-mouthed shovel. Of course, you have to find a sturdy wood to serve as a handle. Or you can use some leftover PVC pipes (although this would not be just as sturdy). You have to bore holes on both the pan and the handle to attach the two materials using bolts and screws. Be extra careful when handling drills. If you make a mistake securing the bolts and screws, don’t worry, you can always turn to power tools like impact wrench to loose and secure the bolts and screws again.

Dustpan and brush with blue sky background

Dustpan and brush with blue sky background

Being Practical Is The Way To Go

It does not take a green thumb and a lot of cash to build the lush and manicured garden you are always meaning to make. Practicality goes a long way in designing your garden landscape, especially if you are aiming to put up an aesthetically pleasing green abode like these ones from Lamudi. Instead of piling up new tools freshly bought from hardware stores, you should try out these low-cost DIY tools that will perfectly slash a lot off of your expenditures, leaving you with some extra cash to spend on good quality seeds or fertilizer if you may.

In doing some recycling and repurposing of garden tools, you are also doing good your part in reducing waste and, therefore, in saving the environment. Just imagine how much plastic bottles can be recycled if all those who have their gardens do some recycling.​

Pallet ideas for gardening

Pallet ideas for gardening

There you have it, folks. I am sure you are now looking at your storage rooms, scouring for things worth repurposing as your new garden tools. Share this article with your neighbors and friends so that they can start assembling their own rakes, spades, and shovels too!

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Lucy M. Clark
 

Hi there! I’m Lucy, and I’m a self-confessed garden fanatic. Gardening has always been a passion of mine and will always be my favorite pastime. Now that I am married and have one adorable son, I have the time to write and share my personal experiences with other garden enthusiasts like me.

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