Thursday, June 4, 2015

"H" is for Hose Hiding Planter

Ready to get building for outdoors this summer?  Together with Kreg Tool a group of us buildy bloggers have come up with some awesome outdoor diy build projects.  Today we are all sharing different projects with details on how to build your own!

This is my hot mess of a hose area.  Granted we are only entering our third summer at this home so tackling this eyesore was pretty far down on the to-do list.

The hose spigot is actually behind the fence (in the front yard) but we need the hose accessible to the backyard so it used to rest in a pile amidst hosta and ferns.

Until I decided to clean up the area and create not only a pretty spot for flowers but a place to hide the hose when not in use.  I'm sharing the plans on how to build your own planter down below.

I removed the giant hosta and relocated it, added some fresh mulch and put the new planter in place.  You simply lift up the flower planter box and move it to the side to access the hose.

The hose I used is 75 feet long and fits just right with the planter in place.  We definitely don't use the hose every day but fairly often and I don't mind winding it back into the planter to keep things neat.

Below are the plans and step by step instructions:


4 - 1x4x8 cedar board      
2 – 1x2x8 cedar board                                
1 – 1x6x8 cedar board
1 – 2x2x8 pine board                                              
wood glue
1 ¼” exterior screws
1 ¼” pocket hole screws (recommend Kreg Blue-Kote)

Cut List:

16 – 1x4 @ 16” (side slats)
8 – 1x2 @ 14 1/2” (side cross supports)
4 – 2x2 @ 17 1/4” (legs)
3 – 1x4 @ 14 1/2” (base slats)
2 – 1x6 @ 14” (planter box long sides)
2 – 1x6 @ 12 1/2” (planter box short sides)                  
4 – 1x4 @ 19 ½” ends cut at 45 miter not parallel (box trim)
3 – 1x4 @ 12 ½” (planter box base slats)

Always use safety and caution when operating power tools!

Step 1: Make sides.  Predrill pocket holes into two slats at edges.  Attach slats to cross supports using glue and 1 ¼” countersunk screws from the interior.

Make 4 pieces.

Step 2: Legs.  Attach short side panels to legs using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Make 2.

Step 3: Make box.  Attach two remaining short side pieces to legs using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.  Repeat for other side panel to complete the box.

Step 4: Base slats.  Attach base slats to box from underside using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

This completes the planter base portion.

Step 5: Planter box.  Predrill pocket holes for attaching trim to box side pieces prior to construction.  Attach short sides of box to long sides using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Step 6: Planter box trim.  Attach trim pieces together to make a ‘frame’ using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Step 7: Trim.  Attach planter box to underside of trim using 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

Step 8: Base slats.  Attach planter box base slats from underside using glue and 1 ¼” pocket hole screws.

I lined the planter portion with hardware cloth and then stapled plastic sheeting over the hardware cloth.  This will keep the soil and plants moist and prevent anything from falling through the slats.

Now feed the hose through the open slats in the large box and wind up inside.
Plop the planter down in place and your hose is now hidden but still accessible.

For more outdoor projects using Kreg tools check out these posts:
Disclaimer: I have partnered with Kreg Tool to bring you this hose hiding planter.  I have received compensation and/or materials for this project however all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Love it! A solution to a problem I have! Thank you.

  2. What a great idea, Jaime! So much prettier than any hose hider I've seen.

  3. This is such a great idea. I need to make one of these. I hate seeing the hose out in the yard.

  4. What if you cut a hole in the side and made it large enough to fit one of the crank hose reels inside??? No more rewinding the hose by hand. I might have to get hubby and son in on the design of that!!

  5. Hi,

    Can you fix the link for the .pdf file? I'd apprecaite it. It says "
    Google Drive - The app is currently unreachable."

    Thank you!


  6. @Jim I just checked the link and it seems to be working fine. Try copy and paste the direct url: Hope that helps.

  7. Couple of observations: Your cut list says 12 - 1x4 @ 16" side slats, but you use 4 per side. Since the box has 4 sides, you need 16 of these. This also means the materials list needs to be adjusted to add another 1x4 (could add 1 - 1x4x6). You could also get by with a 1x6x6 instead of 1x6x8 to reduce excess materials.

  8. Thank you @mz for catching the error. I have updated both the cut & materials lists. Hope you're enjoying your planter!

  9. This is such a cool idea! The tutorial looks great, thanks for sharing! Featured on today!

    "Ana White and Team"

  10. This is a brilliant idea. this is a really stupid question but I'm new to all DIY, how to read the numbers in material list, and cut list?

  11. Made this planter over the weekend and it is very nice. Total cost for all material was under $20.00, but you've got to be careful which cedar you choose. Also, my cedar boards did not come in 1x4, 1x6, etc and I had to cut to size. Kreg pocket kit can run $20.00, so I did the pocket screw holes by hand. One final thought The planter is smaller than I expected and I will have a difficult time putting my hose in it each time. I am going to investigate one of those hoses that "shrink" when not being used.

  12. Excellent project! Think I'll have a go at this soon. Is that 1/4" hardware cloth you're using to line the planter?

    Thanks for the plans...