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

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

Things You'll Need

  • 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.

Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 2

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

DIY Gutter Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

Cut the gutter to size with a hacksaw.

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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.)

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 4

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

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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.

DIY Gutter Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

Step 6

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

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

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

DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke
DIY Gutter Pipe Planters
credit: Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Caroline Burke

Content creator and brand new mum, Caroline studied fine art before launching her blog burkatron which has been an outlet for her love of DIY and design ever since!