Introduction: Storing Garden Tools With Style (aka Zombiewall)

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Storing shovels, rakes, and all the other tools used in the garden can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. An artistic flare is often missing.

Step 1: Something to Put It On

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We built a shed in the corner of our yard to replace the ugly tin shed that was poorly placed.

Step 2: Picking the Right Wording

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Discussions about the exact wording went on for quite some time but eventually we settled on it. I created a Word document with Times New Roman at a font size of 430. I printed it out on eight or nine sheets of paper. Cutting the letters out as I went. All the sheets then need to be taped together. I tacked it to the wall and used a pencil to transfer the stencil. Followup with a black permanent marker.

To match the theme I used the Internet to find an antique scythe, which I think is a wonderful addition. I used screws and wire to affix the scythe which is also extremely dull at the moment.

Step 3: A Year Later

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Turns out permanent marker isn't so permanent. The winter was hard on it and it was showing through. I got a new "king size" marker and touched it up. Took me about an hour and a half. It now has that freshly printed look once again.


ericbosloor (author)2014-07-07

This is an awesome garden tool storage item! I really have to do something like this in my own backyard. This has that perfect slightly geeky dig to it that I'm sure my roommates are sure to love too. Thanks for the idea mate!

Skattie (author)2014-03-04

It looks quaint and nicely done, but where I live you'd just be arming the house-breakers.

jds1969 (author)Skattie2014-03-04

I've been told this and I suppose it's a valid concern. If you search around on Google "in case of zombies and yard work" you can find people that have adopted this idea inside the garage instead of outside. If imitation is the highest form of flattery, I've done pretty well with this design.

mrmkurtz (author)2013-08-27

LOL that's awesome!

jds1969 (author)mrmkurtz2013-08-27

Thanks. I've noticed a lot of people are picking up on the theme. Fridge magnets, decals and wooden signs. Imitation is, of course, the greatest form of flattery. That's why I like share and share alike.

Should however anyone doubt the veracity of this shed as the original I present a bit of irrefutable proof:

jds1969 (author)jds19692013-08-27


benochian (author)2013-08-03

ROTFLOL!!! Great sense of humor!!!

handprints (author)2013-06-12

May I print your photo for myself? I think it is hilarious!! Your garden must be a very happy garden!!!

jds1969 (author)handprints2013-06-12

Yes, of course. It is currently all over the Internet.

arain2 (author)2013-06-05

ypu could do a stencil and used acrylic paint and sponge that on, or use an acrylic sealer, weatherproof, and spray it over the letters

libaba (author)2013-06-04

it doesn't get any better than this!

RangerJ (author)2013-05-22

I'm not a big one for leaving my property laying around but I have had many years of experience in such matters, and it is my learned opinion that people seldom steal things they have to work with. You can usually leave a shovel stuck up in the front yard until the handle rots off and nobody will ever bother it.

Dr Qui (author)RangerJ2013-05-23

We have a saying over here that some people would take the eye out of you head and come back for the socket. I had someone steal a dutch hoe on me just days after I bought it, new tools are very attractive looking to would be thieves, I now ugly stuff up with spray paint or stickers etc as they then become much less attractive to opportunistic thieves.

RangerJ (author)Dr Qui2013-05-23

Good point. Reminds me of the guy who kept having hoses stolen, until he bought a new one and wrapped sloppy duct tape 'patches' all along the length. He hasn't had a problem since.

thebeatonpath (author)RangerJ2013-06-02

That is a great idea! Duct tape!

fuzzy.agora (author)2013-06-01

Muito legal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WUVIE (author)2013-05-30

Oh. My. Gawd. I absolutely LOVE this, it is right up my alley!

realife11 (author)2013-05-23

This is TOO funny !! I'm a big fan of the Walking Dead tv series, and this caught my attention immediately. Hilarious. Great job. Because of the suggestion from the other commentor below about tools being stolen or used for illegal purposes, then someone wanting to do this could always just paint the image of the tools on the side of the shed. Outline them all, take them down, and then fill in the outline. Would still be funny, but at least the tools would be safe.

jds1969 (author)realife112013-05-24

A wonderful idea

Dr Qui (author)2013-05-23

I don't want to sound like a safety Nazi, but have you checked to make sure that the scythe will not jump off the hooks if that door is slammed shut by a gust of wind etc, you don't want that thing bouncing off especially if the kids are running around. Maybe add some kind of retainer the tip of the blade can pass through and a chain and clasp on the handle tight as possible to the upper side of the either handle so I cant rise up out of the top hooks, the door make that one a real wild card.

jrm8069 (author)Dr Qui2013-05-24

The author states, "I used screws and wire to affix the scythe which is also extremely dull at the moment."

Dr Qui (author)2013-05-21

Home invasion tools wall....

jds1969 (author)Dr Qui2013-05-21

I suppose, if they'd like to fight the dog for them after B&E into my yard. Seems like they could get something elsewhere just as easily.

Dr Qui (author)jds19692013-05-21

Any of those tools would easily incapacitate or kill a dog, no mater how big. In the UK and Ireland the police anti crime units advise home owners not to leave yard tools and ladders etc easily accessible or in view as they are what the opportunistic house breakers use to gain entry in to homes, we are advised to store tools inside and if ladders are stored outside should be locked to the brackets. It's a good idea OK if you are doing yard work but I wouldn't leave them there all the time, you should loop a chain through the heads or handles so they can't go walkies if your not there, also insurance companies don't like it when your leave the break in tools out for the burglars.

jds1969 (author)Dr Qui2013-05-21

Thanks for your input. I forget that not all places are as safe as where I live. My wife was leaving them all over the place or in our shed that had no doors so the difference is minor for me. If anyone is planning this project, they should consider your warning.

Dr Qui (author)jds19692013-05-22

I forgot to mention the other important thing, the value of the tools themselves you have a couple of hundred dollars worth of tools there, I used to work in a hardware store and what you have hanging there would have cost about 2-300 £GBP not including the friskers weed tool that i don't know the rough price of but i know they are not cheap. Also what is the tool on the far right?

boothby171 (author)Dr Qui2013-05-23

The tool on the far right looks like a "Mule" The narrow end is sharpened. You can use it for cutting roots, chopping and scraping up ice from a sidewalk or driveway, or poking zombies in the face.

Dr Qui (author)boothby1712013-05-23

Ah, we rarely get ice or snow so that probably why I have never seen such an item.

boothby171 (author)Dr Qui2013-05-23

I use mine for snow and ice, but also for chopping out roots, injuring my feet, and killing zombies.

boothby171 (author)boothby1712013-05-23

Here you go:

jds1969 (author)Dr Qui2013-05-23

It's a pick axe of some description.

PACW (author)Dr Qui2013-05-23

Interesting. Here in the US police anti crime units advise home owners to keep our guns well oiled and in easy reach.

adunster (author)2013-05-23

You could just tape your stencil up and use spray paint. You'd have to be careful of overspray though.

Biggest problem with this where I live now is all those tools out in plain sight would get stolen in a week.

jds1969 (author)adunster2013-05-23

I thought about the spray paint option but decided against it. The centers of the letters would present a lot of challenges and I thought penciling it in would give it that laser printed look.

wilgubeast (author)2013-05-23

I sort of prefer the faded look. Either way, this is an awesome way to jazz up what would otherwise be a pretty boring tool rack.

jds1969 (author)wilgubeast2013-05-23

It was practically invisible, especially from the street. It is quite an attraction and we get comments all the time.

lunatic1015 (author)2013-05-23

The title implied it was going to be, well, how to store garden tools. I can see how they are stored, but what was used? I've looked at hooks made for storing/hanging tools but they are all too expensive. I haven't made it out the local hardware store to see what I can make out of cheaper materials though.

jds1969 (author)lunatic10152013-05-23

I bought these at the dollar-store but I have seen them at hardware and department stores. They usually come 5 in a pack.

Arghus (author)2013-05-23

I dunno why but i d take the square showel (5th from left)
looks great. nice instructable

Dr Qui (author)Arghus2013-05-23

Go for a round nose long tail shovel, heavier gauge steel so you have more weight and they can take an edge, you have a longer reach and you get a much better swing (like Norman Bates in Psycho) Square shovel is very light steel, just not got the weight to do damage. Also depends no what type of Zombie you are up against, you get those crazy fast Zombies and you are kinda screwed

paintgal (author)2013-05-23

I LOVE this!
So clever, just made me giggle out loud! Most of these comments are coming from a practical point of view, but for's a gorgeous and witty design statement.

masynmachien (author)2013-05-23


haguilardof (author)2013-05-23

This is awesome, great idea, very creative.

dawn_ee (author)2013-05-23

Love this. I'll likely do this as a "surprise" for my hubby and son in our shed.

niki31b (author)2013-05-23

You, sir, are my hero. Now I just need to get a yard. Or some zombies...

owenb79 (author)2013-05-23

ha, that is funny. I like it and might even copy that once the shed is built.

Quizicat (author)2013-05-23

I really need to get some zombies to do my yard work!
Looks good! Now if I could just get my wife to put tools away.

brendapaw (author)2013-05-23

Zombies, gardening and attractive organization in one post, it doesn't get any better than this! Well done, I am jealous!

JimTheSoundman (author)2013-05-20

Another way to do lettering like this is to use an LCD projector. Set the projector on top of a ladder or something else that makes it the appropriate height. Try not to tilt it up or down, or left or right. Must be dead on. Use a level to mark a guideline on the wall.
Connect a laptop to the projector and display a Powerpoint that has the wording you want. Good thing about the LCD method is you can revise it on the fly until you have the size and spacing you want. Once you approve of the size and spacing, you can just trace the letters directly onto the wall. Try to use an LCD projector of at least 3000 lumens and use the highest resolution that the projector and laptop are capable of. Make sure it is in focus of course. Best done at night.

jds1969 (author)JimTheSoundman2013-05-20

A very cool idea.

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