Easy DIY: Hose Holder Made with Recycled Wooden Spools
Jun 16, 2010
One outdoor job I really hate is winding the hose after I'm finished using it. (Unwinding it isn't so fun either, after that hog-snake incident a few years ago.) Of course, I could make the job easier with a hose holder. But they always seem to be overly ornate and fancy, calling undue attention to utility. Put a grimy hose on it, and it sort of ruins the effect, right? You've seen the standards, like these:
Or worse yet for hiding critters like snakes:
Photos: Sources unnamed to prevent any of you from buying one of these.
No thanks! I'll take this easy DIY option from the brilliant editors at Sunset Magazine. It barely even calls for instructions.
Photo: David Fenton for Sunset Magazine.
Antique wooden spools are attached to the siding with screws. Wind 'er up, and you're done. You can find spools at antiques stores, flea markets, barn sales, farm auctions, and the like. Or if the search frustrates you, check eBay for plenty of options, most selling in sets for under $20. Click on the Antiques category, then search for "spools." Make sure to check dimensions. These come in all sizes and scale can be deceiving in photos, so if you aren't careful you might end up receiving tiny bobbins. This set fits the bill, complete with chippy red and blue paint, currently at $9.99 and ending tonight. Or check out Traditions in Thyme for a large selection of spools and other original primitive antiques. —Diane
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