A Mother's Day Gift for the Garden

6:37:00 AM

I'm rescuing this 1980's tote complete with 
cut-out hearts today.

old 1980's magazine rack

I'm thinking garden tote and here are the steps I took to turn that old mess into this beautiful tote perfect for Mother's Day.

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Garden tote with all the tools needed for Mom

I started out by filling all the holes in the wood where the box was assembled with wood filler.

fixing up an old magazine rack

I gave the box a good sanding and a coat of grey chalky paint then sanded the edges to give it a distressed look.

Chalky painted old magazine rack

On one side of the tote I added a handle to hang a towel and on the other side of the box I created a canvas pocket from a scrap of canvas fabric

I attached the pocket using screws and washers to hold seed packets or papers.

magazine tote gets a makeover with a canvas pocket

I used an old curtain rod bracket to hold a roll of jute string on the inside of the tote.

DIY string holder for a garden tote

and then added a chalkboard to the side.

DIY garden tote

The finished tote is so useful in the garden or for crafts, office supplies, knitting, or even in the kitchen.

The 80's never looked so good!

Garden tote with accessories to hold tools

A great DIY Mother's Day gift!

Garden tote gift for MOM


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  1. This is so awesome! What a great reuse and a wonderful gift idea :)

    1. Thank you so much AW! The person who bought it was so happy with it :)

  2. Well I just love this! What a great repurpose and a great new life for an U.G.L.Y. old thing!! :o)


    1. Thank you Tania! Makes you look at old junk in a whole new way doesn't it :)

  3. What a great idea! I probably would've passed on that old magazine rack but not anymore!!!

    1. Keep your eyes open Candylea! You never know what might be your next favorite thing!

  4. Wow, what a lovely, handy idea. I have to try making one to. Hope you are having a beautiful Mother's Day.

    1. Thanks so much Ivory! I had a wonderful day and I hope you did too :)

  5. I love your repurposed garden tote so much that I might even take up gardening!

    1. Hahaha now if only my garden looked as good as my garden tote! LOL


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