Fun and Functional Garden DIY: Blooming Door Knob Hose Guards

Happy Monday, I hope you a good weekend! Mine was productive, finishing up a fun project for the garden, Blooming Door Knob Hose Guards! I’ve been looking for hose guards to add to the garden beds and along the paths around the Potting Shed. All the hose guards I’ve found have been either too pricey or a little too kitschy.

I decided to make hose guards with a little help from my hubby and some inspiration from some metal flowers I found while shopping at Hobby Lobby. These hose guards are both fun and functional, protecting the flowers in the garden beds from being crushed from the weight of the hose, while adding a little whimsy and serving as garden art!

I started with some vintage door knobs. You can find old door knobs at flea markets, antique malls, and on eBay, paying as little or as much as your budget allows. The single door knobs I picked up without spindles, ranged from $3 -$5.

The door knobs function as finial inserted on top of a piece of rebar, that’s sleeved with a piece of copper pipe. The rebar is hammered into the ground and left slightly longer than the copper pipe placed over it. The pipe keeps the hose from catching and spins as the hose is pulled by while you’re watering.

You could use the door knobs by themselves as a decorative finial for the copper pipe, but I decided to gild the lily ;) by adding flower petals to create a blooming hose guards.

You can find rebar in the building section of the home improvement store. It comes in different lengths and diameters. I used 3/8 inch by 2 foot pieces of rebar from Lowe’s that were $1.48 each.

To attach the door knobs to the rebar, my husband used his bench grinder. Bench grinders are used for sharpening, shaping and grinding tools and other manly projects.

It only took a few minutes per piece of rebar, to grind down the tops enough to fit the knobs.

A word of caution: The rebar will be hot after grinding, allow it to cool completely before touching the top.

Copper pipe comes in different diameters and lengths and is available in the plumbing section of the home improvement store. My 1/2-in diameter x 10-ft  length of pipe was $13.98 at Lowe’s. We decided on the height I wanted for the hose guards and then cut it into 8 inch sections, giving me 15 pieces out of the 10 feet length. My husband’s pipe cutter costs about $15, and is easy and safe for anyone to use, scoring the copper until it breaks.

My flower inspiration came from this metal wall art I found at Hobby Lobby. All their metal decor was 50% off, bringing the price of each of the individual flowers to around $3 a piece.

I used wire cutters to snip the individual flowers from the tree. Some of the larger flowers/branches required my hubby’s hand strength to remove the flowers.

Using a drill, make a hole through the center of the flowers. Start with a smaller drill bit to drill through the rivet in the center, then a use a larger bit to make holes large enough to fit the rebar.

The small center piece of the flower was a casualty after drilling, but ultimately it would have been hidden by the door knob after assembling the hose guard.

Grind the rebar down to the size of your door knob for a good fit. We noticed there is some variation in the door knobs, the older glass knobs had a larger threaded opening. I sprayed the flower petals with some clear matte sealer to protect the metal petals and help the color last. The door knobs are twisted down on top of the rebar to hold the flower petals in place.

Cost of the flowers, rebar and copper pipe per hose guard were around $6

Cost of the door knobs, $3 – 5 a piece, or whatever your budget allows

Cost of helpful and handy husband with tools you need–> Priceless ;)

There you have it, blooming hose guards with purposed door knobs. They add some whimsy and additional blooms to the garden while protecting the flowers from being decapitated by the weight of the hose –> not the kind of deadheading I want to do in the garden ;)

 Hope you’re enjoy some blooms in the garden where you are!

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  59 comments for “Fun and Functional Garden DIY: Blooming Door Knob Hose Guards

  1. Kathi
    June 26, 2017 at 7:19 am

    You and your hubby are so creative. These hose guards are as functional as they are beautiful. What a great idea!

  2. Cindy in NC
    June 26, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Brilliant! I love the look and the function.

  3. Robyn
    June 26, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I love these!!! Great DIY project!!!

  4. June 26, 2017 at 7:41 am

    What a wonderful idea!! Hobby Lobby will have a run on their metal flowers…even if you don’t use them as a hose guard, they will look fab in the garden!! Thank you for sharing this brilliant idea!! 🌺🌻🌸🍄🌼

  5. radkecs
    June 26, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Have been thinking about some hose guards after a few garden casualties! These are so perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Carolyn E
    June 26, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Well, if this isn’t just the Bee’s Knees! Mary, Mary, your Garden grows ideas, as well as beautiful Flowers.

  7. Vikki
    June 26, 2017 at 8:24 am

    What a great idea! Not that you would want to, but I imagine you could sell these beauties as fast as you could make them. I’ve got lots of door knobs and I believe I’ve found a use for some of them! Thanks!! Vikki in VA.

  8. Alice
    June 26, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I love them. Will you take them up at the end of summer? I can see me falling over them if it snowed.

    • June 26, 2017 at 10:02 am

      Hi Alice, It rarely snows here but I’ll probably remove the flowers and door knobs from the stakes for the winter :)

  9. Sandi
    June 26, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful! Very creative. Thank you for sharing.

    • Pam
      June 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Your creativity is amazing!

  10. June 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Absolutely adorable…you could sell these because there is no way that I could get my husband to make those for me! I love them all, but my favorite is the one with the clear door knob! Too cute!!

  11. mary
    June 26, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Great idea! What is the cascasing blue flower in the container behind the salvia? It’s lovely!

    • June 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Thanks Mary, it’s lobelia. It comes in a hot variety that can take the heat.☀️ 🌺

  12. Linda L
    June 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Genius and so pretty!

  13. Sue
    June 26, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Brilliant!!! Thanks again for a fantastic idea Mary!!

  14. June 26, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Totally brilliant Mary! You and your husband could set up shop selling these! They make me want to lug a hose around just to have them in my garden! Fabulous garden art! {Can you tell I love these???}😍

  15. June 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

    What a great idea!!!!! Thanks for sharing.


  16. Ellen
    June 26, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Gosh, really really wonderful. I’m going straight to Hobby Lobby and then start a door knob search!! Truly beautiful. Ellen

  17. Jean Anderson
    June 26, 2017 at 11:12 am

    That was just amazing.

  18. Cindy
    June 26, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Great diy garden project! Brilliant!!!

  19. Debbie
    June 26, 2017 at 11:27 am

    These are wonderful!!!

  20. June 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Aren’t they pretty…and so useful, too! I have about 6 antique glass door knobs from my parents home. I’ve been saving them to make into a coat rack someday. Wish I had your hubby’s skills!!

  21. June 26, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my goodness Mary, you are too clever!!! Those blooming hose guards are so attractive in themselves, while still being functional. Great idea!!! You’re the best for sharing your creativity with us. xo

  22. Gail
    June 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Clever, cute, adorable

  23. Sandy
    June 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks Mary!! I definitely need more in my gardens. Question, when you “screw” the doorknob onto the rebar, are you just twisting it on there? So you would trim the rebar down to just smaller than the doorknob hole?? Thanks

    • June 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, you’re just twisting it down. Trim the rebar down to the size of your door knob for a good fit. We noticed there is some variation in the knobs, the glass ones seemed larger.

  24. Cyndi Raines
    June 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Mary, you are brilliant! Who would have thought!? I do like old door knobs especially the clear kind, but the brown and old gold one are really neat too. But to add the petals from a metal picture from Hobby Lobby is just over the top! You go girl! Just curious…have you any thoughts on what to do with the petal-less metal tree. Can it still be used for art in your /”our” shed? :)

  25. Sue
    June 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Oh My Goodness! Those are so stinkin’ cute!!! Love your creativity!

  26. Vicky
    June 26, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!!

  27. Donna
    June 26, 2017 at 6:46 pm

    How clever…I have copper pipe with a cap on it from Martha Stewart years ago. I love the flowers and door knobs. You have a great imagination I don’t believe I would have come up with all that. Beautiful post as always.

  28. June 26, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    So cute, but not kitschy! I love these hose guards. I’ve saved this as a future project for my husband and me.

  29. June 26, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Clever repurposing for the wall art. Clever DIY hose guards. They are charming additions to your garden for a practical purpose as well as adding a little whimsy.
    Kudos to your husband who is quite handy.

  30. June 26, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    These are really beautiful. They are useful but really add a decorative touch to your garden–very creative.

  31. June 26, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Mary, thanks so much for sharing on Gardens Galore Link Party! What a fabulous idea and so cute. We are so fortunate to have handy husbands! I will have to show this to my hubby! You inspire with your creativity!

  32. June 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Mary, you never cease to amaze! This is a charming idea! Just this week I was thinking I need to get something to guide the hose from one bed across the sidewalk to the other by my front door. I need to get creative! These are very attractive!

  33. June 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    PS – maybe you need to market these! ‘-)

  34. AJ McFall
    June 27, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Love these!! So creative and so practical. And thank you for the clear details on how to make them.

  35. Patti
    June 27, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Absolutely beautiful! What a great idea!

  36. June 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Genius….who would have thought this idea….Mary of course!! The copper will look good as it ages in the weather. Thanks for sharing a great idea.

  37. June 27, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Okay, now these are waaay too cute, Mary! And I just took in (and sold, I might add, of course), some VIctorian glass doorknobs. Love how you gilded the lily. Aren’t those pipe cutters the bomb? We used one of those for our Chris Missy tree pipe – like slicing butta.
    Really cute. And I use hose guards all over my landscape with my hoses.

  38. Paula
    June 27, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Those hose guards are amazing !!! What a gardener, for you surely know all the dirt on all things adorable !!

  39. June 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    What a cute idea! I had Dan put in a plain copper pipe in the ground for a hose guard but never thought about fancying it up like this! The rebar is smart- you can go deep and it’s strong and costs far less than the copper piping! I have one with a china bowl glued on top that was for bird seed that I could repurpose. This has given me ideas!

  40. Jan McF
    July 9, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Wow! How absolutely impressive! Great job!

  41. July 10, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Bookmarking this for my next garden…love, love this!!!

  42. July 11, 2017 at 7:41 am

    A great idea. Would also make a nice gift for a gardener.

  43. Gaylin
    July 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Wow! Nailed it! I am so inspired by you!
    Will be trying out myself. Hopeful to find a metal flower artwork to help!?

  44. July 18, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Your ideas inspire this mother, grandma, mil, to enjoy more!
    With 8 women in tow I hope to share these ideas this year in an All Daughters Tea.
    Now for the 11 men, I would love to see your party interpretations, and thanks for your making my days.
    💋 To Chloe & Grace.

  45. Barbara Harilaou
    July 27, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Cute garden project.

  46. August 14, 2017 at 7:41 am

    So beautiful Mary!!! Creative and functional – I love it!! Thank you so much for the inspiration! :-)
    xoxo, Jennifer

  47. August 16, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I wondered how you made those cute flowers. Very NICE

  48. mikegrantham1
    October 3, 2017 at 8:17 am

    This is a fab idea, would never have thought to do this with door knobs for hose guards. Thank you for sharing your ideas. You could even make them and sell them. I think people would buy them for their hose pipes or as general garden decorations!

  49. Suzie
    April 26, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Very cute,and functional 🌺 what is keeping the copper sleeves from sliding down?

    • April 26, 2019 at 12:04 pm

      Thank you! The ground 🌺🌱😀

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