Thank you to Home Depot for sponsoring this post.
You know those weeks where you just feel like you’re killin’ it at life? Like you have all of your ducks in a row and you’re on top of everything? Well last week was not one of those weeks at our house–let’s be honest, those weeks rarely happen, especially when my child is out of school for four weeks. What’s with kids actually wanting their parents to entertain them? I kid (sort of), but it was kind of quiet around here, partly because of just doing the mom thing, but also because I (and by “I,” I mean that I supervised mostly) a little project on which to hang my Hanging Gutter Planter. You know, if you give a girl a drill…she’s going to turn it into a project of epic proportions type of thing. Such is my life. But today, I’m going to show you my farmhouse-style take on this Hanging Gutter Planter that’s part of Home Depot’s #DIHworkshop. It was seriously easy to make, and I’m pretty in love with the result.
If you remember from last Monday, this was Home Depot’s original idea, and we were all asked to put our spin on it. I didn’t venture far from their original, but I made a few changes to make it fit my style a little more–which is the beauty of this project. You can customize to your heart’s content!
So, let’s talk about how to make your own! You’ll need:
Hanging Gutter Planter
• 1 – 10 ft. White Traditional Vinyl Gutter
• 2 Sets – White Vinyl K-Style End Cap Set (2-pack)
• 1 – package 1⁄4 in. Natural Rope (Manila Rope)
• 1pk – 1⁄4 in. x 2 in. Zinc-Plated Rope S-Hook (optional for hanging–I didn’t use this one)
• 2 – 3 3⁄4 in. Steel Screw-In Plant Hook (optional for hanging–I didn’t use this one)
• 1 can spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze (or color of your choice)
• 3 /8˝ Drill Bit
• Jigsaw, Drop Saw, or Hand Saw
• Measuring Tape or Carpenters Square
• Safety Gloves
• Safety Glasses
Measure and mark two 30″ sections on the gutter. There’s actually enough gutter for four 30″ sections if you want to make yours bigger or make two. Once you’ve marked off your sections, cut them using the saw.
Next, spray paint your gutter and end caps. Once painted, measure and mark 3 inches from the end of the gutter, and 1/2 inch from the front and back. Do this for each end of each piece of gutter. This is where you’ll thread your rope.
Since I was going to be hanging mine against a wall, which gives it more stability, I skipped doing another hole in the front of the gutter, but if you’re not hanging yours against a wall, or just want a little extra stability, you can do a third hole in the front and back of the gutter like I’ve marked below. So in addition to the measurements I just showed you above, you’ll want to also measure and mark 3 inches in and 1/2 inch down, on the front and back of each end of the gutter. Once you’ve made all of your marks, drill your holes. Depending on what you’re planting, you may also need to drill several small holes in the bottom for drainage.
Cut your rope into (4) 5 foot sections. Tie a knot in one end of one of the pieces of rope and then thread the unknotted end up through the first hole in the bottom front side of the gutter. Then tie a knot and thread through the front hole (if you chose to make the front hole). Decide how much space you want between each tier (I did about 12 inches) and then tie another knot and thread up through the hole in the bottom of the next piece of gutter. Repeat this step for the rest of the holes with your other three pieces of rope.
Once you’ve knotted and threaded all of your pieces, bring the front and back pieces of rope together at the top, and tie them together in a knot (I just tied mine twice like the first step in tying a shoe to make a big, pretty knot). You can cut the excess ends off to your desired length. This is also where the optional S hooks and plant hooks from the supplies list come in. I liked the rustic, sort of casual look of just tying it around my trellis, but if you don’t have anything to tie it around, you can still tie the knots at the top, then screw your hooks into wherever you’re hanging it, attach the S hooks and then hook that baby on there.
Then my favorite part of all: planting!! Fill it up with some flower love! I filled mine with potting soil and planted some spring flowers up top, and herbs on the bottom. Flowerbed space is seriously wanting in our small back yard, so I LOVE that this gives me the ability to bring in more flowers and color, without taking up precious ground space.
If you want to make your own Hanging Gutter Planter (or lots of other cool projects), you can sign up for a DIH workshop in your local store. This workshop will be April 21st, but Home Depot has tons of other project and how-to workshops for all ages and all skill levels (DIY workshops, DIH workshops, and kids workshops). So even if you’ve never worked with a tool in your life, they can show you how to do just about anything from basic home repairs to cool DIY projects, and you’ll learn to use all of the necessary tools in the process. You can use the link below to sign up to participate at your local store, or you can use the instructions from the 25 of us who created our own versions at home! I love this for a girls night out!
And I have to give a shout out to the rest of the group of talented ladies that Kelly rounded up for this project. I was seriously blown away when I saw what the other ladies came up with.
There were 25 of us who participated in this DIH Workshop party, so be sure to check out all of the fabulous ideas that everyone came up with. I know I can’t wait to go check them all out.
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