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Grab 'n Go Garden Tools Bucket

Think of this smart, portable tool caddy as your new garden assistant. The tall wooden-dowel handle minimizes crouching, and tin cans serve as catchalls for floral shears, gloves, seed packets, and other essentials. Paint each can a bright color that will stand out against soil and greenery, and you’ll never lose track of your tools again.

Photography: Aaron Dyer

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Two 3/4-inch-diameter wooden dowels (one 4-inch-long piece; one cut to desired handle height)

  • Drill and 1/16-inch drill bit

  • Hammer

  • One 2-inch nail

  • Sandpaper

  • 3 tin cans

  • Craft paint

  • Three 5/8-inch screws


  1. Drill a pilot hole through center of 4-inch dowel. Secure to one end of longer dowel (forming a T-shaped handle) by tapping nail through hole with hammer.

  2. Sand rough edges of cans. Paint; let dry completely, about 1 hour. 

  3. Arrange cans around end of dowel opposite handle. Drill a pilot hole through top inside edge of one can into dowel, taking care not to drill all the way through dowel. Drive a screw through hole, securing can to dowel. Repeat to attach remaining cans.

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