Handy Caddy

Styling and photography Sarah Heeringa

Make your own portable gardening tool organiser.

Keep gardening tools handy and avoid losing your hand trowels and twine with your own gardening caddy. You can create one easily using a few upcycled tins, painted in your favourite Resene colour. For the best result, combine a mix of tin sizes.

You need

8-10 clean empty tins

Can opener

Wood, approximately 35cm x 12cm in size and around 3cm thick

Drill and medium drill bit

Square screwdriver and screws

Handle with screws 

Resene paint in a colour of your choice

Paint brush 


Step 1: Run the can opener around the top of each tin to make sure all edges are smooth. 

Step 2: Drill a small hole in each can, 1-2 cm below the top of the rim. 

Step 3: Use screws to attach the cans to the sides, and each end, of the wood. Using a square screwdriver and screws means you don’t need to pre-drill the wood.

Step 4: Paint all surfaces. Begin with Resene Galvo One as a primer to help your paint finish last longer. For the topcoats I used the hard-wearing Resene Enamacryl in the lovely smoky shade of Blue Bayoux. Or, for a range of colours you could use Resene testpots.

Step 5: Allow paint to dry before attaching a handle to the top edge of the wood. I used a light but sturdy old cabinet handle.

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