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Hanging Gutter Planter - Easy DIY

This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.  See full disclosure below regarding DIH Workshop.* When I think of spring and gardening I can hardly contain myself! This easy project, instructions courtesy of The Home Depot, turned out so much better than I even hoped and I was so excited to get some flowers planted even though it's still pretty cold where I live.  I customized this project to match my personal style and that's one of the things I absolutely love about it! 


Hanging Gutter Planter Three cupcakesandcrinoline.comYou can make these Hanging Gutter Planters at your local The Home Depot on April 21st.

The Home Depot DIH Workshops Hanging Gutter PlanterGrab some friends and have some fun.  You'll receive some hands-on instruction plus you can buy everything all at once and come home with what you need to know to make awesome planter for your spring and summer flowers, veggies or herbs.

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  • 10 ft. traditional gutter - I used a metal gutter as locally vinyl isn't available so don't be discouraged and think you can't make this if you can't find the vinyl ones
  • 3 Sets – White Gutter End Caps - 3 left and 3 right
  • White gutter screws - 18 (the package I purchased contained 25)
  • 20´– 1⁄4 in x 1ft. white braided nylon and polyester rope cut at the store
  • 2 – 3 3⁄4 in. Steel Screw-In Plant Hooks


  • ⅜″ drill bit
  • ⅛ " drill bit
  • electric drill
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • safety glasses
  • safety gloves

I purchased One 10-foot gutter and an awesome associate at The Home Depot cut it into 4 equal 30 inch sections.  Be careful when handling this - the metal edges can be sharp.

Hanging Gutter Planters

Measure for gutter holes - turn your gutters upside down and mark 3" in from the short side and ½" in from the long side.  Now flip your gutters right side up and mark 3" in from the short side and ½" in from the long side on all 4 corners and once again, make a mark.  Do this on all 3 gutters, both right and left sides. Drill holes at each mark - I used the ⅛" drill bit to do pilot holes first since I was using a metal gutter and then used those holes as a guide for drilling with my ⅜" drill bit.  You will have 8 holes on each gutter.

Hanging Gutter - visual of drilled holesI also drilled two ⅜" inch holes for drainage on the bottom of each gutter and four ⅛" holes for drainage as well.

Looping rope - hanging gutter planters

Next, cut your rope in half into two 10' lengths.  Tie a knot at one end of each rope piece.  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.  You can put a piece of tape on the end to make the threading easier. Repeat the threading up and through the bottom hold and through the side hole on the next two gutter sections.  Measure 12" of slack and tie a knot between the second and third sections.  You will have a knot underneath each gutter on each side.

Threaded rope through hanging gutter planters

Once all three gutter sections have been threaded loop the top 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 make a know (again, this is underneath the gutter).  I left any excess in place to allow for adjusting once hung.  Repeat the above steps for the right side.

Place the end caps on each side of your gutters.  I added gutter screws to each end cap since I was using a metal gutter.Hooks for Hanging Gutter Planters

Secure plant hooks into a beam or a strong support.  Hook in headerLoop the two S-hooks on each side of the top ropes and hang your gutter planters.

Gutter hang, adjusted and ready for plants at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Once hanging, you may need to loosen and adjust the knots between each gutter section.  Mine were fairly even but I did have to do some adjusting.

Once everything is adjusted, cut off any excess rope.

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Now add dirt and fill your planters with whatever your heart desires!

Hanging Gutter Planter filled with fresh vegetables at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I customized mine by adding vinyl cutouts for each gutter level (I used my Cricut air to make these).

Hanging Gutter Planter decorated with cricut vinyl - herb garden, bloom at cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I wanted one gutter for vegetables, one for herbs and one for flowers.  I added flowers to the center level as well- you can never have too many flowers.

Hanging gutter planters - bloom (cricut) cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I have mine hanging in my sunroom for now but will move it outside once there is no more danger of frost in my area.

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  1. Claire Armstrong says:

    This is awesome. I love the fact that you are growing, veg, herbs and flowers in it as well. I think I might have to make one myself.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Claire!

  2. Cher @ Designs by Studio C says:

    I love how the plants are labeled on the gutters - so adorable!

  3. Love this fun planter idea!!! These Home Depot Workshops are such a clever way to spend time with your friends and make something for your home too!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Heather! If we lived closer we could go to one together. xo

  4. Amy Anderson says:

    That is SO fun! I never would have thought of that . . . I gotta try this!