Sunday, April 29, 2012

Simple Scoop DIY

 The best things in life are free

Create a simple household or garden scoop without spending a penny.  Chances are you have the materials you need in house.  How about a handy scoop made from upcycled materials?


Easy peasy

This is so simple and easy.  HUBBY and I got four new blueberry bushes for the garden.  He made me a big scoop to move lots of planting mix quickly. It is so much kinder to shoulder and arm muscles than a shovel.  Plus, the scoop is way easier to handle.


There are many types of plastic jugs you can use to make your upcycled scoop.  Keep the lid if you can.  The scoop makes an excellent funnel, too.  All you need are a pair of scissors and a clean jug.  We use vinegar to clean just about everything in the house now.  HUBBY made this scoop from an empty gallon jug of white vinegar.  Perfect!  With the handle side up, cut a semi-circle arch just below the handle base.  Then cut straight down toward the bottom of the jug.  When you get near the bottom, curve it down a bit toward the lip.  You'll want to leave a little bit of the bottom of the jug as a lip at the base of your scoop.

Simple, easy, and so handy

 This gallon size jug was the right solution for my garden needs.  Try a smaller jug to make a scoop for other things like legos, pet food, or cat litter.  Like I always say, I want to hear from you.  What kind of a scoop would you make?  What kind of jug would you use for your scoop?

Gardening is good for the soul.  Expect to see more gardening posts soon.


  1. I would have never thought of that, thanks for the tip! Once we get our own place I can make scoops for mine and the kids' gardens!

  2. Kids having their own gardens? What a wonderful thing. Thanks for the nice comment. I hope others copy your idea and give kiddos a garden spot...and their own scoop:)

  3. Nifty! I bet my roommate could use a scoop like that for his kitty litter and cat food. I think I'll make him one or two! You could even use paint to dress them up a bit or label them, and for the cat litter one, a few whole punches to the bottom of the scoop would make filtering possible. Great post!


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