Make Your Own Self-Cleaning & Sharpening Garden Tool Holder
What if rather than having to do a major cleaning of your gardening
tools a couple of times a year, you could keep them clean and maintained
every day, without even trying!? Well the good news is you CAN! And all
it takes this a quick and easy DIY project. :-)
A terra-cotta pot filled with a mixture of sand and mineral oil makes a
perfect home for your small gardening tools. The sand is abrasive, so
the simple act of taking your tools out and putting them back in helps
keep your tools sharp. The addition of oil to the sand keeps your tools
well-lubricated, protecting them from rust and dirt build-up.
To make your own cleaning and sharpening garden tool holder, you’ll need:
a mid-size terra-cotta pot
spray paint (optional)
pottery sealer (optional)
a large bucket
Start by painting your pot, if you want to! I used a paint and primer
combo from Rust-Oleum, and it took two coats inside and out to cover the
pot completely. Once the paint was dry to the touch, I sprayed a layer
of pottery sealer as well, to protect my paint job from the elements.
While the paint and sealer are drying, you can mix up your sand and oil.
Pour your sand into the large bucket, along with 20-30 ounces of
mineral oil. (If you can’t find plain mineral oil, you can also use baby
oil – which is simply mineral oil with fragrance added!) Use a trowel
or other garden tool to stir the sand and the oil together until the oil
is distributed evenly throughout.
If your pot has a drainage hole at the bottom, cover the hole with a
couple of pieces of duct tape. If your duct tape has a macaroni design
on it, all the better! ;-) lol
Fill your pot with the oily sand, and lightly pack it down.
Not only is this tool holder functional, but it makes a nice decorative addition to your garden too!