Here at Wize Home Direct, we love gutters, all types of gutters for your home. So we thought it would be fun to take a look at extending that to a DIY garden project so you can put those old gutters to use when we install your new ones.
Supplies you will need:
- 3 – 36” Gutter
- 6 – End Caps
- 2 – 5’ Pieces of 1/8” Diameter Branded Steel Cable (For Suspension)
- 2 – Steel Cable Sleeves (Ferrules)
- 2 – Screw-in Hooks
- 2 – 3’ Pieces of 1/8” Diameter Steel Rod (Cut to size to brace the gutter)
- 6 – Feeny Two Hole Cross Clamps (You may have to order these or use a different method)
Step 1 – Measure & Cut Your Gutter Sections
It’s up to you how many you would like to hang. We chose to use three for this project. You will need at least 9 feet of a gutter to get 3 – 36″ sections. While 10 ft gutter sections are bad for your home you could buy 1 of those at a local hardware store and have them cut it down for you. You can choose any type of gutter and K-style or possibly half round for looks depending on availability and how much you would want to spend.
Step 2 – End Caps
You will need 6 end caps and make sure you get them at the same time as your gutters to ensure they are the correct ones that will fit and easy to put on. Depending on the type you buy some can just fit on, others would need to be clipped or sealed. The ones pictured are made for projects like this and just slip on securely.
Step 3 – Measure 7″ from each end and drill 1/8th” hole to hang them.
Step 4 – Drill Slightly Bigger 1/4″ Holes For Drainage Starting In The Center
Step 5 – Bend Steel Rods For Bracing
STEP 6 – GET YOUR CABLE READY
Then hammer the cable sleeve to secure the cable, this will hold up your Gutter Garden
Step 7 – Put Your Hooks In Place & Hook Your Cable Braid Onto It
Step 8 – Suspend The Gutters With Your Cable, Steel Rods, & Clamps
You will need someone or something to help hold up the other side of the gutter in place for this part. Thread your steel cable through the smaller hole in your gutter that was 7″ from each side and the Feeney Micro 2 Hole Cross Clamp like pictured above.
Next, you want to take your steel hook you made and put it through the second hole of the clamp and tighten with a screwdriver.
It will end up looking like the picture above.
Make sure before you secure the other side that the gutter is level. Repeat these steps until you have your gutters securely suspended. Congratulations now the hard parts are done.
Step 9 – Fill With Soil
Step 10 – Plant Your Flowers
Next Step – Enjoy Your Beautiful New Hanging Gutter Garden
Photo credits to Garden Answer