Project Guide

DIY Hanging Gutter Planter​

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1
Measure and Mark
Measure and mark - Hanging Gutter Planter Project

Measure and mark three 30-inch sections from the 10-foot gutter and two 10-foot sections from the rope.

2
Cut
Cut - Hanging Gutter Planter Project
  • Cut three 30-inch sections from the 10-foot gutter using the jig saw.
  • Cut two 10-foot sections from the rope using heavy-duty scissors or a box cutter.
3
Go to Cut Diagram
Cut diagram

 See Cut Diagram for reference.

4
Paint or Stain
Paint or stain - Hanging Gutter Planter Project
  • If changing the color of the gutters, use an exterior spray paint that will adhere to plastic if the planter will be outside.
  • Paint all gutter pieces and allow to fully dry prior to assembly.
5
Measure Gutter Holes
Measure gutter holes - Hanging Gutter Planter Project
  • Turn all gutters upside down.
  • Measure and mark 3-inches in from the short side and ½-inch in from the long side on all four corners of all three gutter sections.
  • Turn all gutters right side up.
  • You should now have two marks on each side of all three gutter sections.
6
Drilled Hole Placement
Drilled hole diagram

See the diagram for reference.

7
Drill All Holes
Drill all holes - Hanging Gutter Planter Project
  • Using a 3/8-inch drill bit, drill holes where the marks were made.
  • There should be four holes in the bottom and two holes on both of the top, outer sides of all three gutter sections.


Tip: Depending on the type of plants used, you may need to drill several very small drainage holes on the bottom of the gutter section to allow drainage. 


8
Thread Rope and Tie Knots
Thread rope and tie knots - Hanging Gutter Planter Project
  • Tie a knot at one end of the 10-foot rope.
  • Thread the unknotted end of the rope through one of the holes in the bottom of the left gutter section and then out the hole in the side.
  • Repeat threading up through the bottom hole and out through the side hole on the next two left gutter sections.
  • Measure 12-inches of slack and tie a knot between the second and third sections.
  • Once all three gutter sections have been threaded, loop the rope and thread it back down the inside hole of the left gutter.
  • Once the rope has been threaded down through the last remaining bottom hole of the third gutter section, be sure to make a final knot and cut any excess rope.
  •  Repeat these steps for the right side of the gutter with the other 10-foot rope.


Tip: Wrapping the end of the rope with tape makes threading easier. 

  

9
Thread Rope
Thread rope diagram

See the diagram for reference.

10
Place End Caps
Place cap ends - Hanging Gutter Planter Project

Place all end caps on both ends of the three gutter sections.

11
Loop Hook and Hang
Loop hook hang - Hanging Gutter Planter Project
  • Secure plant hooks into a beam or support where you intend to hang your garden.
  • Loop the two S-hooks on each side of the top ropes and hook the S-hooks to the installed plant hooks.
  • Once hanging, loosen and adjust the knots beneath each gutter section until they hang level.