While privacy fences in your backyard are great for adding privacy and keeping your family and pets contained (and everyone else out), they’re not always the most fun thing to look at. There are a ton of different ideas out there for how to jazz up your fence and add a little bit of visual interest, and today we wanted to share one of the simplest and most affordable ways to add a little fun to your back fence: a DIY rain gutter planter.
These cute little planters are made with a simple aluminum rain gutter that can be found in your local home improvement store for around $10. They’ll take you less than an hour to put together and will make your boring back fence look way nicer.
Here’s how to do it:
How to Make a Rain Gutter Planter
- 1 10-foot rain gutter
- End caps for rain gutter
- Construction adhesive
- Screws to attach to fence
- Soil (we recommend Harvest Organics Potting Mix to give your plants a healthy start)
Start by cutting your rain gutter down to the desired size. We went with two 4-foot planters, but with a 10-foot length of rain gutter you have a lot of options! You can use a miter saw to cut it down, or you can use a circular saw or jigsaw, if you don’t have a miter saw available.
Attach the rain gutter end caps using a bit of construction adhesive. These simply slide on to the end of the gutter, but the adhesive will help hold things in place once you add the soil.
Finally, drill several holes for drainage in the bottom of the gutters.
Once you’ve got your planters built, you’re ready to hang them. Be sure to hang them on a part of the fence that has a horizontal support board, or else your screws may go all the way to the other side of the fence. You can generally find special supports made for hanging rain gutters at your home improvement store right where you get everything else. They’re made to help keep the rain gutters sturdy and prevent bowing, so if you can find those they’re a better option than just plain old screws.
Once your planters are hung, all that’s left to do is fill them up like any other planter!
This is such an easy afternoon project, and it’s a great way to add some greenery to your yard - especially if you don’t have a large outdoor space. This would work well for a small herb garden, a few rows of succulents, or just some pretty flowers.
We’d love to know - what would you plant in your DIY rain gutter planters?