How to Make a DIY Garden Tote

Today I'm rescuing a 1980's tote complete with cut-out hearts.

I remember when we thought this style was the bomb!!

I'm thinking it will make a great repurposed garden tote now. 

Here are the steps I took to turn this old mess into a beautiful tote perfect for Mother's Day...

old 1980's magazine rack

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Garden tote with flowers

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.

It was better already!

Chalky painted old magazine rack

On one side of the tote I added a handle to hang a towel and on 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.

I really think the pockets are the best part! 

magazine tote 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

Lastly I 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.

I made another tote for the office from a thrift store find too!

The 80's never looked so good!

Garden tote with accessories to hold tools

It would also make a great DIY Mother's Day gift!

Garden tote gift for MOM with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .