We have had unseasonably warm weather for the last few days. In fact, it is 73 degrees today, about 20 degrees above normal. I won’t get fooled into sneaking a few spring seeds into the ground, but it is a perfect day to complete a few projects that have been on my to do list. I bought this old box and hand drill last spring at a local flea market. After grabbing a few supplies, I have everything I need to make a garden tote.
You need an old box and an old hand drill, clamps, and a cordless drill. The box has to be wide enough for the drill to go across, but not too wide that it won’t. I would measure the drill and take it with me to find a box, if I hadn’t bought these the same day. I was lucky they matched perfectly. The box cost $5.00 at a local flea market and the drill was $3.00 . If you go to an antique mall you are going to have to pay $15.00 to $20.00 for the old hand drill, so just take your time and check out yard sales and flea markets.
I wanted to attached the drill to the box to use as a handle for the garden tote. These clamps were found in the electrical section, and were used to hold round metal pipes to the wall. Perfect. They were new and shiny, so I painted them with a little brown paint to make them look old and used.
Using a cordless drill, I attached each end of the hand drill to the short side of the box using the clamps.
And now, I have an inexpensive, one of a kind garden tote.
Add a few terra cotta pots, your gardening book for inspiration, a handful of herb or flower markers, and your are ready to start your spring garden.
Your can also use your garden tote as a planter. Here is another tote filled with succulents.