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Garden Hose Guide

Hello my friends! Today is the first Wednesday of July. Which means that today is the DIY Challenge. This month’s theme is Summer. Which is right up my alley ’cause summer is my favorite time of year! Today I’ll be sharing how to make a garden hose guide.

However, before I share that, I want to thank our hostess, Terrie from Decorate and More With Tip. Terrie is one of the sweetest, most talented gals I know, so if you haven’t visited her go there NOW! You can thank me later.

Also, if you are coming here from Jodi’s, The House House, welcome. I’m so glad that you stopped by. I always love to meet new friends.

finial, copper pipe

We’ve been hand watering the flower beds since the pool dig started.

I gotta tell you that watering the flower beds and the flower pots on our wrap around front porch became quite the event.

Clearly it was time for some garden hose guides before I killed a few plants.

I went to order a few and quickly became discouraged, as all of the cute hose guides were quite pricey!

After doing a little research on making some of my own, I remembered that we had some left over finials from the new fence.

Add the finials to a copper pipe and Ta- daaaa !- new garden hose guides were born.

man sawing copper pipe

After picking up a copper pipe from the big box store, The Hubs was kind enough to cut me 18″ pieces of the copper pipe using a jigsaw.

man using a rasp on copper pipe

Once he had them cut out, he used a rasp to sand down the rough ends of the pipe.

painting a finial

Now, it was my turn.

The left over finials were black.

Honestly, I almost left them that color and called it good.

However, I loved the look of the copper so much that I wanted the finials to be the same color.

I lightly sanded the finials, then gave them a few coats of Martha Stewarts Copper metallic paint.

E6000 glue, double sided tape

After the paint dried, it was time to glue the finials to the pipe.

I used E6000 glue along with the double sided foam tape.

copper pipe, double stick foam tape

Because my finial was a little larger than my pipe, I wrapped some double sided foam tape around it.

Then liberally coated the tape with E6000 glue and inserted the pipe into the finial.

sanding copper finial on garden hose guide

After letting the glue completely dry, I lightly sanded the finial to give it a worn and slightly distressed look.

garden hose guide, MS satin finish paint, paintbrush

The last step was to put a protective coating on the finals.

flower beds, garden hose guide

And my garden hose guide was done!

shrubs, garden hose guides

I have to say that I love the warm color of copper in the garden.

However, if you aren’t a copper fan you could use plain pipe and top it with just about anything.

Door knobs, drawer pulls and curtain rod finiasl are just a few that come to mind.

Now if you will please join me in visiting Pamela at DIY VIBES.

I can’t wait to see what she – and all of the other talented bloggers – is doing this summer!

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  1. I definitely need a few of these, Tammy! I absolutely LOVE the use of copper! It adds such warmth and character to any space!

  2. I need some of these!! My hydrangeas are getting broken because my kids aren’t careful to pull the hose out all the way when watering. Now I’ve got to brainstorm since I don’t have fence toppers…curtain rod finials??

  3. Tammy I never thought about placing garden guides around. Neat idea and very helpful. I am always smashing my flowers when watering. I love this idea. THANK YOU….my flowers will also like to thank you.

  4. This is such a great idea! It would make things in the garden so much easier. And I love how it turned out, too! I love the copper look!

    1. Thanks Michelle! It definitely has made my plants happier. I’m no longer strangling them with the hose… lol

    1. I’m so jealous that you can grow hydrangeas… one outdoor plant that doesn’t do well in my yard!

    1. Thanks Jodi! Sometimes the “need” creates the project. It certainly did in this case for sure!

  5. This is so cute and so handy! I am still (after 5 years) trying to master gardening in Florida…but now I know how to make one of these, should I need to keep the hose from breaking my flowers!~

    1. Thanks Chloe! We’ve been in Texas for over 25 years and I’m still trying to figure gardening out in some cases. Florida is beautiful,be sure to share your gardening adventures!

  6. Tammy, I have to claim ignorance that I’d never heard of a garden hose guide. But I can definitely see the use for it. Plus it’s a nice decorative element in the garden. “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

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