Rain Gutter Gardens Are What You Want, and We've Got the DIY to Prove It

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If you're short on space but want to add a splash of color to your outdoor living area, this fun DIY transforms dull drain pipes into an adorable rain gutter garden. Their narrow size makes these cute planters a perfect fit for patios and balconies where elbowroom can be limited. Plus, it's ideal for container gardening — especially for beginners. It's an easy DIY to make and maintain.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinyl gutter

  • Gutter end caps (2 caps per planter)

  • Tape measure

  • Hacksaw

  • Power drill

  • Wood screws

  • Spirit level

  • Compost and flowers or seeds/plants

Step 1

Decide what length your planters will be. We decided to make two 5-foot planters from our 10-foot piece of gutter pipe.

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Step 2

Measure where you want to cut the pipe and mark that point. (We used some tape to indicate the cut line.)

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Cut the gutter to size with a hacksaw.

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Step 3

Drill small pilot holes at regular intervals along one side of the gutter — be sure to keep them close to the top edge.

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We drilled four pilot holes per planter on ours. (You can also drill some drainage holes along the bottom of the planters at this stage.)

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Step 4

Fix the end caps onto each end of the gutter planters.

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Step 5

Screw one end of the gutter to your fence (or external wall) then use a spirit level to check the planters are level.

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Drill in the remaining screws. (We used 1-inch wood screws to fix the planters to our wooden fence panels.) If you're fixing to brick walls you'll need to pre-drill your wall holes using a masonry drill bit.

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Step 6

Once the planters are secure you can start to add some compost.

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Half fill the gutter pipe with compost, ready for your greenery.

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Then plant your flowers, herbs, or vegetables to finish!

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