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A Fabulous Planter Project from The Home Depot


Home Depot Do-It-Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter

Thank you to The Home Depot for sponsoring this post and allowing me to make this awesome planter on their behalf! I was compensated to create the project but all opinions expressed are my own.

Previously, I mentioned that The Home Depot offers some really great free workshops to help you improve your skills, learn new techniques and make really cool projects. Today, I am partnering with a few blogger friends (and The Home Depot) to share this month’s awesome Do-it-Herself workshop project – a Hanging Gutter Planter!

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter

The workshop happens once a month at all locations from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. (You may have to purchase the materials ahead of time – this varies from store to store!)

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Materials:

  • 1 – 10′ vinyl gutter section
  • 3 pairs of gutter end caps
  • Spray paint
  • 20′ of 1/4″ nylon & polyester rope
  • 2 – 1/4″ x 2″ S hooks
  • 2 – 3-3/4″ screw-in plant hooks
  • Narrow pieces of weed barrier, optional
  • Soil and plants of your choice

Tools needed:

  • Miter saw, jigsaw or hand saw
  • Drill
  • 1/4″ & 1/8″ drill bits
  • Scissors or utility knife

Step One

I cut the gutter into 22″ sections to fit between the posts on a narrow part of my porch. I used a miter saw to cut the sections though a jigsaw or of course, a handsaw can be used as well.

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Cutting the Gutter

Step Two

I added the side caps to each section, then spray painted the gutter pieces.

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Adding End Caps

Step Three

I drilled four holes on the bottom of each planter located 3″ in from each side and 1/2″ from the edges. I also drilled a hole on each end of the front and back of the gutter. I used a smaller drill bit to drill random holes in the bottom of each gutter section for drainage.

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Measuring for Holes in the Gutter Section

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Drilling Holes in the Gutter Sections

Step Four

I cut the rope in half. and tied a knot in one end of each piece. I threaded the rope through one of the holes on the bottom of a gutter section and out of the adjoining hole in the front. I measured 10″ up from the hole in the front of the gutter section and tied a knot, then threaded the rope through the bottom of the next gutter section. Once the rope had been threaded through all three gutter sections, I looped the rope and continued back down the gutter pieces in the opposite direction on the back of the gutters.

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Adding the Rope

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Measuring for the Rope

Step Five

I installed the plant hooks in holes that were already drilled in the top of the opening and added the S hooks to the top loops of the rope, then I hung the S hooks on the plant hooks. While it was hanging (empty), I adjusted the space between the gutter sections so that the planter fit in the space.

I added a narrow strip of weed barrier to the bottom of each gutter to keep the soil in place.

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Weed Barrier

I filled each gutter section with soil then planted pretty pink Dianthus and orange Marigolds.

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Flowers

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Marigold

Home Depot Do It Herself Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter - Finished View

If you have a chance, take a look at the fabulous inspiration from the other party participants:

The Creative Mom | Her Toolbelt | The Contractor Chronicles | A Girl and a Glue Gun | Make It Love It | Live Laugh Rowe | My Fabuless Life | Place of my Taste | Hawthorne and Main | House By Hoff | Domestically Speaking | My Repurposed Life | Restoration Redoux | Cupcakes and Crinoline | All Things Thrifty | Lou Lou Girls | Reality Daydream | Over The Big Moon | Pretty Providence | The Rustic Life | The Glam Farmhouse | Boxwood Avenue | Our Vintage Farmhouse | A House and a Dog

The Home Depot offers other workshops for all ages and skill levels where you can improve your DIY skills, learn new techniques and how to make easy home repairs.

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