DIY Windowbox Planter

Supplies:

1 aluminum gutter

2 gutter caps

8 sheet metal screws

1 tube of silicon caulk

 

Tools:

drill (w/ drill bit)

caulking gun

1.25 steel snips

 

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The biggest pain for this lil project is cutting the aluminum gutter in the parking lot to fit it in your car. You might want to bring/buy some leather gloves so you don't cut yourself. Also, remember to bring your measurements and a measuring tape. If you don't have a pair of snips, you can buy them in the store. I bought my supplies from home depot, but i'm sure lowe's or ace hardware sell gutters as well. Home depot keeps the gutter caps in boxes right beneath the gutters. Be sure to get both the left sided and right sided caps.

 

If you make one of your own, please post a pic. I'd love to see it.

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Update:

Since I planted succulents, I figured I would just spray them a lil from time to time and not have to worry about drainage. But I got lazy and started watering them, and wasn't keeping track of how often, resulting in saturated roots and very unhappy plants.

 

If you make this planter, I'd recommend following @jessbruder's improvement by layering some gravel at the bottom, before adding dirt and drilling a hole at the bottom of one of the sides to attach a hose for drainage.

  • laure joliet 6y

    this is great, i'd love to post about it on apartmenttherapy.com with a link back to your flickr set. What do you think?
  • Veronica Belmont 6y

  • mindagal 6y

    any chance that you can give a step by step of how you made this? i absolutely love it!
  • Nicole Filosa 6y

    i'm so ripping your idea! you're a genius!
  • Casey McKinnon 6y

    I can imagine Audrey Hepburn having one of these... :)
  • kalani kordus 6y

    the biggest pain in the arse for this lil project is cutting the aluminum gutter in the parking lot to fit it in your car. :( you might want to bring/buy some leather gloves so you don't cut yourself. also, remember to bring your measurements and a measuring tape. if you don't have a pair of snips you can buy them in the store.

    i bought my supplies from home depot, but i'm sure lowe's or ace hardware sell gutters as well. home depot keeps the gutter caps in boxes right beneath the gutters. be sure to get both the left sided and right sided caps.

    you might be able to bypass the need for pre-drilling a starter hole for the screws if you use sheet metal screws because each screw has a lil starter bit on it. i had to because i just used left over screws i had laying around.

    the next one i do will hang off of the handrail on my deck. i'm going to drill little holes in that one for proper drainage. i'm thinking of growing wheatgrass in it.

    if you make one of your own, please post a pic. i'd love to see it.
  • erin 6y

    Are gutters sold in 8 foot sections? (or something long like that, if you have to cut it...)

    I went to the hardware store yesterday but there were so many people that I didn't feel like dealing with it, so I left. I'm going back tomorrow! :)
  • puruag4 6y

    Love the idea! What kind of plant are those?
  • raymundoserrato 5y

    Really love this idea and want to try it out, but I was wondering how does drainage work?
  • Jessica Bruder 4y

    Many thanks for sharing this, Kalani! A friend of mine had suggested trying out a gutter as a windowbox, so I Googled the idea and came across your awesome garden.... just made my own this weekend with a 10-foot gutter on a south-facing sill, using silty soil + gravel at the bottom, drilling a hole + inserting a bulkhead w/ plastic tube to allow drainage....photo is here.
  • Rehema Trimiew 3y

    Hi, this is my first attempt at a wall gutter garden (flic.kr/p/bDuA64). I made mine with a white plastic gutter and mounted it vertically. I might add another 2 rows (one below and one above) if this one lasts. Thanks for the info, I have to remind myself not to overwater it!
    Wall gutter garden vertical by Purpleicious

    You can see that I've mounted a fluorescent grow light above it since it's in my windowless bathroom.
    Mushroom grows by Purpleicious
  • kalani kordus 3y

    Rehema Trimiew Cool beans!!
  • wealthyhealth 3y

    It looks like the gutter is sitting in a wood ledge, is it? I'm wondering exactly how you attached it and if anything is surrounding it. Do you have any more pics you could send/upload?
    Thanks
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