Plastic Water Container Tool Caddie

A 2½ gallon plastic water container can be easily converted into a homemade caddy that can be used to carry everything from tools to cleaning supplies.

To make the caddy:

  1. Mark around the top half of each side of the jug with an indelible marker.
  2. Use a utility knife to cut through the plastic following the lines.

The built-in handle in the center of the jug make the caddy easy to carry.

Watch this video to find out more.

Further Information

Joe Truini: We all know the importance of recycling, but another option is to repurpose that item for another use. In this case, I have a two-and-a-half gallon plastic water jug that I’m going to convert into a tool caddy.

I started with a black marker and drew an outline around the ends of the jug. And then, with a sharp utility knife, I cut out the ends. What you end up with is a tray that looks like that. By leaving the bottom half of the jug and the handle intact, you have a nice carrying jug that you can use for tools—in this case, hand tools.

And although it’s not a very big space, you’d be surprised how many tools you can jam in there. And because it’s made out of plastic, which is surprisingly strong, it holds quite a bit of weight. You know, I can jam all these tools in there. And because this handle is in the center, it’s nice and balanced.

Now in this case, I’m using it for hand tools. But you can also use a jug like this for cleaning supplies, or spray-paint cans, automotive supplies. So, if you buy these jugs regularly, you make several of these trays, you can have the tools ready for every job around the house.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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