How To Make A Rustic Garden Tool Holder With Planter

It all started with a trip to the thrift store where I found adorable bronze watering can hooks. I was reminded of how last Summer I was constantly looking for my garden trowels and figured this would be a great way to corral them in one place. Once I got it home, one thing lead to another and soon I had a rustic garden tool holder with planter and I'm going to show you how easy it was to make.

Iron Vintage Garden Faucet Hook

How To Make A Rustic Garden Tool Holder With Planter

In this post, I'm also sharing how to create a galvanized metal patina with paint, how to age new wood, and how to transfer graphics onto wood with glossy paper.

Faux galvanized metal

We'll be turning these salvaged and thrift store finds...

Materials Used to make Spring Garden Tool Holder

...into this adorable garden tool holder, perfect for hanging on a garden shed or back yard fence.

Garden Tools Holder with Plant Pot

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Pallet Wood Sign Assembly

To make the rustic wood sign for the garden hooks I used two battered pieces of pallet wood salvaged from the woodpile and joined them together with pocket holes every 12-inches using a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig as pictured below.

Joining pallet wood with Kreg Pocket Holes

Aging The Pallet Wood

To give the wood sign more character I aged the pallet wood with my go-to aging solution made from items found in the kitchen. Press here to find the Wood Aging Solution Recipe and tutorial.

Wood aging solution

You can see the difference between the stained and unstained wood in the picture below. When it dries the nail holes, knots and any imperfections in the wood are highlighted which gives the sign that wonderful rustic look that I was going for.

Pallet wood stained with homemade aging solution

How To Get The Look Of Galvanized Metal With Paint

The challenge was how to unify the patina on the metal watering cans with the galvanized metal bucket.

Watering can garden hooks before

The first thing I did was brush a matte metallic silver paint that I had on hand over the entire surface.

Galvanized look with Matte Metallic Silver Paint

After it dried I lightly burnished it with the same aging solution used on the wooden and wiped away the excess with a paper towel.

Galvanized metal look by burnishing metallic paint

To get the look of white rust spots that are common on galvanized metal, I diluted wicker white acrylic craft paint with a couple drops of water and flicked the brush with my fingers to splatter the white spots.

After the white spots were dry I brushed Paris Grey (medium grey) chalk paint on all the raised bits and dry brushed (offloading paint onto a paper towel so very little paint remains on the brush) and swiped the brush over the metallic silver paint and a little on the galvanized bucket as well.

Once dry, I lightly sanded with #0000 steel wool to basically blend it all together.  It's not a perfect match to the mini bucket but pretty darn close. Wouldn't you agree that the watering cans look so much better galvanized?

Glossy Paper Image Transfer Technique

Back to the wood sign and creating cute Bloom Where You Are Planted graphics on the top.

First I created the graphic in PicMonkey and to enlarge it to fit the length of my board I created two mirrored images (reverse print). You can download each jpeg image here BLOOM and WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED.

I removed all the labels from a sheet of Avery address labels. Any paper with a glossy finish will work including taping wax paper (waxy side up) onto a sheet of bond paper. Print the graphics on the shiny side of whatever paper you use and print them (one-by-one) using an Inkjet Printer ONLY (this won't work on a laser printer).

Starting with the word BLOOM, I carefully placed the ink side of the sheet onto the wood and rubbed the back of a spoon over the sheet to lift the ink from the paper onto the wood.  I repeated this process for WHERE YOU and then ARE PLANTED.

Inkjet printer image graphic transfer

Using an artist's brush and acrylic craft paint in the color Tomato Red, I painted over the word BLOOM. I added a shadow line using a black fine point Sharpie marker.

Acrylic Paint and Sharpie Marker painted graphic

Assembling The Sign

Now it's time to attach the faux galvanized water can hook and wrought iron water spout onto the pallet wood using 1 1/2-inch brown screws. On the back of the sign, use two D-Ring hooks to hang it.

Garden Tools Holder with Galvanized Bucket Plant Pot

It's a little too early to be planting flowers here in Canada so I filled the galvanized bucket with faux pansies for now.

Hang the galvanized bucket onto the water spout hook and hang your small garden tools and you're ready to start planting. No more searching for those garden tools!

So what do you think?

Spring Garden Tools Holder

If corraling your small garden tools is something you could use for your backyard and you plan on making a rustic garden tool holder, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Either leave them in the comment section below or press the Contact Me button at the top of the blog to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!

Here's another gardening idea you may like for your home or garden shed door. Small house plant garden tools make this adorable Easy Spring Garden Lovers Wreath. For more Spring and Summer inspiration visit my Spring Project Page and/or Summer Project Page where I share everything from water features to whimsical garden decor ideas.

Spring Garden Tool Hanger With Planter

DIY Spring Garden Tool Holder With Planter

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  1. I WISH I had a place to put all your projects... I'm gonna have to pick and choose! ;-) Pinned!

    1. Aw, you're so sweet Julie! Thank you for your kind comment and the pin 🤗

  2. I love this, Marie! What a fun and practical piece. It's one of my features at today's Snickerdoodle Party. Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. You made my Easter Sunday morning, Beverly! Thank you so much for the feature and Happy Easter 🐰

  4. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

  5. Hello Marie! Just stopping by to let you know that I featured this sweet blog post at the Thursday Favorite Things blog Hop and Linky Party this week. Thanks for sharing at the party and thank you for stopping by to visit me at Vintage Mama's Cottage!

    Stop by and see the other features here:

    Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

    1. Yes, I noticed that this morning when I came to party with you at TFT. Thank you so much Nina, I really appreciate the feature! xo


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