The outdoor hose, it’s a necessity for lots of reasons. Watering the flowers, running the slip’n’slide, filling the pool, when the kids want to run through the sprinkler, filling water balloons, washing the car, the list goes on and on. But we don’t always want to see that outdoor hose when it’s not in use so let’s hide it!
A DIY tutorial to build a hose hiding planter. A place to store your hose out of sight and a flower planter all in one project complete with free plans.
Ready to get building for outdoors? Together with Kreg Tool a group of us buildy bloggers have come up with some awesome outdoor diy build projects. Today we are all sharing different projects with details on how to build your own!
This is my hot mess of a hose area in our backyard. Granted we are only entering our third summer at this home so tackling this eyesore was pretty far down on the to-do list.
The hose spigot is actually behind the fence (in the front yard) but we need the hose accessible to the backyard so it used to rest in a pile amidst hosta and ferns. At least it was wound up and in a neat pile but still not looking so pretty.
I decided to clean up the area and create not only a pretty spot for flowers but a place to hide the hose when not in use. It looks a bazillion times better! I’m sharing the plans on how to build your own planter down below.
I removed the giant hosta and relocated it, added some fresh mulch and put the new planter in place. You simply lift up the flower planter box and move it to the side to access the hose:
The hose I used is 75 feet long and fits just right with the planter in place. We definitely don’t use the hose every day but fairly often and I don’t mind winding it back into the planter to keep things neat.
Below are the plans and step by step instructions to build this hose hiding planter:
- 4 – 1x4x8 cedar board
- 2 – 1x2x8 cedar board
- 1 – 1x6x8 cedar board
- 1 – 2x2x8 pine board
- wood glue
- kreg jig
- 1 ¼” exterior screws
- 1 ¼” pocket hole screws (recommend Kreg Blue-Kote)
- 16 – 1×4 @ 16” (side slats)
- 8 – 1×2 @ 14 1/2” (side cross supports)
- 4 – 2×2 @ 17 1/4” (legs)
- 3 – 1×4 @ 14 1/2” (base slats)
- 2 – 1×6 @ 14” (planter box long sides)
- 2 – 1×6 @ 12 1/2” (planter box short sides)
- 4 – 1×4 @ 19 ½” ends cut at 45 miter not parallel (box trim)
- 3 – 1×4 @ 12 ½” (planter box base slats)
Always use safety and caution when operating power tools!
Step 1: Make sides. Predrill pocket holes into two slats at edges. Attach slats to cross supports using glue and 1 ¼” countersunk screws from the interior.
Make 4 pieces.
Step 2: Legs. Attach short side panels to legs using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Make 2.
Step 3: Make box. Attach two remaining short side pieces to legs using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. Repeat for other side panel to complete the box.
Step 4: Base slats. Attach base slats to box from underside using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws. This completes the planter base portion.
Step 5: Planter box. Predrill pocket holes for attaching trim to box side pieces prior to construction. Attach short sides of box to long sides using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
Step 6: Planter box trim. Attach trim pieces together to make a ‘frame’ using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
Step 7: Trim. Attach planter box to underside of trim using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
Step 8: Base slats. Attach planter box base slats from underside using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.
I lined the planter portion with hardware cloth and then stapled plastic sheeting over the hardware cloth. This will keep the soil and plants moist and prevent anything from falling through the slats.
Feed the hose through the open slats in the large box and wind up inside the box. Plop the planter down in place and your hose is now hidden but still accessible.
For more outdoor projects using Kreg tools check out these posts:
- Outdoor Storage Bench: Amber @ Averie Lane
- Outdoor Buffet: Amanda @ The Tale of an Ugly House
- Planter: Ashley @ Cherished Bliss
- Outdoor Storage Box: Jenn @ Build-Basic
- Hanging Bed Porch Swing: April @ Wilker Do’s
Disclaimer: I have partnered with Kreg Tool to bring you this hose hiding planter. I have received compensation and/or materials for this project however all thoughts and opinions are my own.