What's better than making your outdoor space beautiful?Making it beautiful for almost no cost! Re-purpose old gutters into planters and beautify your yards!

Mike and I spend a lot of time in my backyard. We live on a great wooded piece of property, and I think it’s quite beautiful. We have a hot tub which we spend a lot of time in too. One problem…behind my hot tub is this ugly fence. For years I’ve been saying that I need to do something to make it look better. I wanted to put some kind of planter on the fence to keep the natural feel that my backyard has.  We had a long piece of old gutter that my husband was about to throw away. It was then that a light bulb went off in my head. I could repurpose the old piece of gutter into a planter, and make my hot tub fence looks superb!

Here’s what we did to make the planters :

  1. First we measured how long of a piece of gutter was needed to mount on the 2 x 4 on the fence.DSC_0853
  2. With some tin snips and then a hacksaw, we cut the gutter to size.DSC_0854 DSC_0855
  3. Attach the end caps on either end of the open gutter. There is a special crimping tool to do this, but we just crimped it closed with needle nosed pliers because that’s the tool we have.DSC_0856
  4. We spray painted the gutters green to match the fence color.
  5. Next, my husband helped me mount the gutter onto the fence by screwing it into the 2 x 4 that was near the top of the fence.  The gutter had brackets that you put the screw through.DSC_0858
  6. Once attached, we drilled a few holes in the bottom of the gutter so the water can drain out. I will put a piece of cheesecloth on the inside of the gutter over the hole to avoid the sediment from going out of the hole.
  7. I then filled the gutters with potting soil, and put in my plants!

I am so pleased with how this project came out!  I wanted something simple, minimal, yet beautiful to look at while using the hot tub and on my deck! The whole project cost about $20.  That is including the spray paint, potting soil, and the plants (which I scored for $1 each at my local hardware store!)

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31 Comments on Repurpose Old Gutters Into Planters

  1. Love this idea, but I live in a hot arid climate and I worry about the plants drying out with so little soil. Wish I lived somewhere with a bit more summer rain because it looks beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing it on Happiness is Homemade Link Up

    • Thanks! Maybe you can do a succulent garden…. They tend to use less water- right? I may not have my plants right…. 🙂

  2. I really like this idea! In fact, we just replaced some of our gutters and what a great way to repurpose them. Thanks!

    • Thanks Meredith! I love that it brings a new look to my backyard each year! 🙂

  3. Hi Tara! Gosh you’re a busy bee. I love seeing all your projects and recipes. Just wondering when you get a chance to sleep? LOL Thanks so much for linking up each week to Thriving on Thursdays. It’s always lovely to see you. I’m featuring this one at tomorrow’s party.

    Anne xx