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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.
 
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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.
Skattie1 month ago

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

jds1969 (author)  Skattie1 month ago

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.

mrmkurtz7 months ago
LOL that's awesome!
jds1969 (author)  mrmkurtz7 months ago
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:
https://www.facebook.com/medi/set/?set=a.10151132932204199.543352.603259198&type=1&l=f6330c036e
jds1969 (author)  jds19697 months ago
Sorry. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151132932204199.543352.603259198&type=1&l=f6330c036e
benochian8 months ago
ROTFLOL!!! Great sense of humor!!!
handprints10 months ago
May I print your photo for myself? I think it is hilarious!! Your garden must be a very happy garden!!!
jds1969 (author)  handprints10 months ago
Yes, of course. It is currently all over the Internet.
arain210 months ago
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
libaba10 months ago
it doesn't get any better than this!
RangerJ11 months ago
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 RangerJ11 months ago
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 Dr Qui11 months ago
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.
That is a great idea! Duct tape!
fuzzy.agora10 months ago
Muito legal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WUVIE10 months ago
Oh. My. Gawd. I absolutely LOVE this, it is right up my alley!
realife1111 months ago
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)  realife1110 months ago
A wonderful idea
Dr Qui11 months ago
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 Dr Qui10 months ago
The author states, "I used screws and wire to affix the scythe which is also extremely dull at the moment."
Dr Qui11 months ago
Home invasion tools wall....
jds1969 (author)  Dr Qui11 months ago
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 jds196911 months ago
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 Qui11 months ago
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 jds196911 months ago
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 Dr Qui11 months ago
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 boothby17111 months ago
Ah, we rarely get ice or snow so that probably why I have never seen such an item.
boothby171 Dr Qui11 months ago
I use mine for snow and ice, but also for chopping out roots, injuring my feet, and killing zombies.
Here you go:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ames-4-in-Chopping-Scraper-1683000/202057274#.UZ4nW6LVA1I
jds1969 (author)  Dr Qui11 months ago
It's a pick axe of some description.
PACW Dr Qui11 months ago
Interesting. Here in the US police anti crime units advise home owners to keep our guns well oiled and in easy reach.
adunster11 months ago
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.
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jds1969 (author)  adunster11 months ago
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.
wilgubeast11 months ago
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)  wilgubeast11 months ago
It was practically invisible, especially from the street. It is quite an attraction and we get comments all the time.
lunatic101511 months ago
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)  lunatic101511 months ago
I bought these at the dollar-store but I have seen them at hardware and department stores. They usually come 5 in a pack.
Arghus11 months ago
I dunno why but i d take the square showel (5th from left)
looks great. nice instructable
Dr Qui Arghus11 months ago
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
paintgal11 months ago
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 me...it's a gorgeous and witty design statement.
BRAVO
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