Making Rain Gutter Planters

One of the ways I mentioned in a previous post to have a garden area was by using gutters. Rain gutters can be fairly inexpensive if bought new, utilized from leftovers from a house project or up-cycled if still in decent condition. Here I will describe how they were made. This is super easy!

Materials: Rain gutter, end caps, drill and possibly a hacksaw

The rain gutter that I bought was plastic and 10 ft. long; too long for my space! I cut it in half using a hacksaw, but any length will do. If you are concerned with symmetry, measure twice!

Gutters cut!

Gutters cut!

Once the gutters are cut, it is time to put the drainage holes in. By using the drill, this process took all of 5 minutes. …and half of that was changing the drill bit.

Power tool time!

Power tool time!

I used a 1/4″ bit for my holes and spaced them roughly 6″ apart for the length of the gutter. (Now that I have made them and had them for a while, I would use a smaller drill bit if available or space the holes every foot apart.)

Drainage holes in the gutter.

Drainage holes in the gutter.

Once the holes were drilled, I put the end cap on. Make sure you have the right size and number of end caps that you will need when at the store! I had to make two trips! Putting the end caps on was the hardest part of the entire project for me because they were stubborn, but I was successful!

End caps prevent the soil and water from washing away over time.

End caps prevent the soil and water from washing away over time.

Voila! It’s done! I chose to hang ours over the rail of our front porch using planter boxes brackets. They can also be hung on a fence, from a window (pretty!) or suspended like hanging baskets. While I planted some herbs in mine, they could also hold small vegetables like leaf lettuce or small flowers. Be creative!

Finished rain gutter planters.

Finished rain gutter planters.

Get your head in the garden!

Sarah

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