DIY Custom Colored Garden Tools

Lori Craig shows you how to add a touch of color and a simple monogram to garden tools. This DIY project makes a great gift for friends and family members who love gardening. 

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Why can’t your tools be as pretty as your flowers? Adding a simple monogram makes a great gift presentation for family or friends. Painting brings a punch of color to grunt work and can make your tools stand out among dirt and greenery. 

Other supplies: 

  • Garden tools

  • Paintbrush

  • Scissor or Cutting Tool for monogram Mask It

Imagination International supplies: 

  • Tommy ART Fuschia Mineral Paint

  • Tommy ART Sunflower Mineral Paint

  • Tommy ART Pure Orange Mineral Paint

  • Tommy ART Neutral Wax

  • X-Press It Mask It Sheets

Bring a spark of originality to the simplest of projects by omitting paint from a small portion  of the beautiful wood grain handles. 

Painting the handle of your garden tools

Tip: If there is any curvature to the surface of your handles, it’s worth the extra time to make sure your wrap is even. Details matter even more on simpler projects!

3) Achieve a beautiful smooth painted surface with a soft bristled brush.

4) After paint has dried on wood handles, apply Tommy ART Neutral Wax with a soft cloth. Rub on to painted surface, allow to rest 20-30 minutes and buff to shine.

1) Remove leather hang tags. 

2) Apply a nice quality painters tape makes for straight lines. Press tape well into the handle surface to eliminate any air pockets where paint could seep under the seal. 

Painting the handle of garden tools

Monograms made easy with X-Press It Mask It

Mask It Sheets work well on rounded or uneven surfaces. Shapes and letters may be cut with scissor, traditional die cutting systems or electronic cutters. Here, we’ve used the Sizzix eClipse.

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1) Carefully peel cut monogram and apply to surface to be painted. Notice on the right side of the “L” tail, I’ve cut a slit in the film to account and adjust for the bowl of the spade.

2) Cover masked surface with paint, allow to dry. Here I’ve used two coats of Tommy ART Fuschia.

3) Reattach leather strings.

DIY Painted Garden Tools with Monogram

Get outside and enjoy!