DIY Rustic Industrial Hanging Planter

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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.  See full disclosure below regarding DIH Workshop.*   I’m all about the Rustic Industrial vibe right now.  So when I had the task of putting my own spin on this Hanging Gutter Planter for Home Depot, I went with a Rustic Industrial theme.   The fun part of making your own hanging gutter planter is that you can customize it to your liking.  So let’s check out my DIY Rustic Industrial Hanging Planter…Rustic Industrial Hanging Gutter Planter

In ten days on April 21st at your local Home Depot you can learn how to make your own Hanging Gutter Planter at The Home Depot’s FREE DIH (Do It Herself Workshop).   If you’ve never been to one you MUST go!  They are a blast and a great GNO with power tools!


So here’s what I used to make my Rustic Industrial Hanging Gutter Planter:

  • 10 ft. traditional vinyl gutter
  • 3 Sets – White Vinyl K-Style End Cap Set (they come in a 2-pack)
  • 24´– 1⁄4 in rope – I used a traditional brown rope  (depending how far you want/need your planter to hang you can adjust)
  • 2 – 3 3⁄4 in. Steel Screw-In Plant Hooks  (to attach for hanging your planter from)
  • Rust-oleum Weathered Steel Spray Paint
  • miter saw
  • 3/8″ drill bit
  • electric drill
  • measuring tape
  • pencil
  • safety glasses

I divided up my 10 ft vinyl gutter evenly into 3 pieces of 40″ each, using my miter saw to cut them.

Prepping gutter planters for spray paint

I attached the end pieces on both sides and then spray painted them with the Weathered Steel spray paint.  I did a couple light coats, letting them dry about 5 minutes between coats.  Gave them a couple hours to dry then flipped them and repeated on the back side.

Measuring your holes for hanging the gutter planter

Next you need to measure where you’ll be drilling your holes for the rope.  On the bottom you measure in 3″ in from the short side and 1/2″ in from the long side.  Marking 2 holes on the bottom on both sides.  Then you need to mark your holes on the sides on the gutter.  Same measurements.  From the top outer edge, measure in 3″ from the short side and down 1/2″ from the long side.

Make threading rope easier by using tape

To make threading the rope easier I laid out all 3 gutter pieces how I wanted them to look and their spacing.  Then I took my 24 feet of rope and cut it in half – so 12 feet for one side and 12 for the other.  Then I wrapped tape around the ends of the rope pieces.  I started at the top and went through the top side hole (coming in from the outside) and then brought the rope out through the bottom.  I left enough rope for the spacing I wanted between the gutters, tying  a loose knot and repeated through the remaining two gutters.  Then I repeated with the other rope on the other side.  Then I went back and tightened the rope to give it the spacing I wanted between each gutter having the knot sit at the bottom of each gutter.

Industrial Rustic Hanging PlanterFlip the gutters over and repeat on the other side.  It does take a bit of finagling to get it to sit level and be spaced right.  Don’t make your knots super tight until you get it just right.

Then you’re left with an amazing Hanging Gutter Planter!!!  Attach your screw in plant hooks where you want to hang it and hook your rope.

Spring Hanging Planter made with Gutters

I put flowers on my top and bottom levels and some fresh herbs in my center level.  Such a fun project!!!

Now don’t forget you can signup to learn how to make this hanging planter at your local Home Depot store.

Home Depot DIH Workshop Hanging Gutter Planter

On the third Thursday of every month it’s GNO (Girl’s Night Out) at The Home Depot!  These are the perfect workshops for all newbie DIYers and/or you experienced DIYer.  All skill levels are welcome!  I love attending the DIH Workshops and watching women use power tools for the first time!  So don’t be intimated… sign-up!  The Home Depot also offers a DIY Workshop and they have the fun Kid’s Workshops as well.

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Now I invited some blogging friends to join me this month in creating their own Hanging Gutter Planter and so did the other Home Depot DIH ladies… so you can check all those out below….

Home Depot DIH Workshop 1 Team

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The Rustic Life | The Glam Farmhouse | Boxwood Avenue | Our Vintage Farmhouse | A House and a Dog

DIY Industrial Rustic Hanging Gutter Planter learn how to make your own with this full tutorial perfect for your flowers and herbs

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  1. Maryann,

    I love how you did your gutter planter! Putting herbs in there is a fantastic idea! I wanted to paint mine… but I really needed it to be white…


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