Hanging Gutter Planter Privacy Shade

Hello! Hello! Are you guys ready to see the final outcome of my hanging gutter planter? I had the perfect spot for a hanging planter and didn’t even know it until this project. My front porch has a couple pillars that could use a little dressing up so I decided to hang the planter there – so here is my hanging gutter planter privacy shade!!

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So fun right! I love that they sort of block the view of my front porch from the road and my neighbors house! They were really easy to make too, and since I know you want to make one now — YOU CAN!! Head to your nearest Home Depot on Thursday, April 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 and you will learn how to make this beauty!

(If you want to see how I made mine with the fun chain — just keep reading!)

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You can register before hand by clicking right HERE – it will take you to the registration page so you can get all set up to build your own hanging gutter planter! The  Workshops are free, demonstrative classes. While attendees won’t always be able to make and take the project (changes by store), you will walk away with the skills to recreate the project at home.

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DIY Hanging Gutter Planter with Chain Tutorial!

First, I bought 3 10′ lengths of vinyl gutter from Home Depot and cut them down into 4′ pieces. You can use a jigsaw but I used my miter box.

Second – I painted them this fabulous Ocean Mist color from Rustoleum!

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While my gutters were drying, I cut 3 Treks pieces of fencing to 45″.

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Then I ripped them in half on the table saw.

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When my gutters were dry, I drilled tiny holes in the bottom so I would have drainage.

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Next, I drilled a 3/8″ hole (using the 3/8 drill bit) one foot (12″) away from the edge. I centered the treks piece on the inside and clamped it down to drill.

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On four of gutters, I drilled an extra home at 14″ from the side.

Next I gathered up all my hardware. You will need:

(12) 12″ pieces of straight link chain
(20) 5/16 x 4″ Eye Bolt with Nut
(20) 5/16″ nuts
(40) 3/8 x 1 1/4 washers
A package of 30 1 1/2″ S-Hooks

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The Order goes like this: nut, washer, gutter, washer, nut

So, on your outside holes – the ones you drilled at 12″ – the bolt goes inside the gutter. Put on a nut, then washer – insert the bolt into the gutter and then add a washer and a nut.

The inside hole  – at 14″ – goes the opposite way. The bolt head goes underneath.

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Once you have all your blots, washers and nuts in place you can start to hang up your planter. Use your chain and your S-hooks and find the length that you like and make sure everything is nice and level. Then tighten up your nuts real tight.

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Next, add on your gutter ends. I didn’t paint mine because I loved the contrast of the white and minty-bluish color. The gutter ends just slip right on.

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Now comes the really fun part – the flowers! Pick some fun flowers that you like and find a good pattern and then start planting.

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I added all the flowers to the planters and then filled in the rest with soil.

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And then you are done!

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Remember to head on over to the Home Depot website and register for the April class! You will love it!

Amanda

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How to Plant Herbs In Mason Jars

Mason Jars are all the rage right now and why not… they are affordable, super cute and you usually have a few hanging around! I even save pickle jars and pepper jars too to use for projects. Jars just rock! I recently planted my garden but wanted my herbs planted in pots instead of the garden area. After looking up awesome herb gardens and washing out a mason jar, I knew they would be perfect together so here is how to plant herbs in mason jars!

You will need:

Herbs
Jars (mason, kerr, pickle whatever!)
Potting Soil
Soil Cover Rocks
Water

Step One: Take your jars and fill the bottom 2-3 inches with the soil cover rocks. This is really important when planting in jars because it allows the water to seep into the rocks and prevents your plants and dirt from getting gross and moldy.

Step Two: Fill the Jar about 2/3 of the way full with potting soil. I like to use Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting soil in jars – it’s just an extra protection for your plants.

(If you are planting seeds, fill your jar up all the way, stick in your seed, water and be done!)

 

Step Three: Remove your herb from the container and crack the root. Sometimes the herbs can come in biodegradable containers you can plant but take them out and crack the root (loosen the dirt around the root).

Step Four: Gently shove the herb into your jar!

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Step Five: Add more potting soil to the top. Pack it in there because when you water the herb the soil will settle.

Step Six: Water!! If you look close you can see some seeping into the rocks… just like it is supposed too.

Now you are done and can enjoy fresh herbs all year long! Here I have planted Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Spearmint and Parsley.

Now I just need to find some really yummy recipes that call for herbs!

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20 Awesome Herb Gardens

This week while at Home Depot, I was walking around the garden section and decided to pick up a few herbs – I thought of a fun way to display them in our yard, but wanted to see how others grew their herbs. I have rounded up 20 awesome herb gardens for inspiration. Enjoy!

20 awesome herb gardens

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Simple Stylings

herb garden ... reclaimed wood. Could suspend it from heavy-duty hooks and "I" bolts along house wall to keep dogs from eating it
Pallet Herb Garden

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Mason Jar Herb Garden


Chalkboard Clay Pots

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Whimsical Herb Garden


Wheel Herb Garden


Garbage Can Herb Garden


Concrete Herb Garden


Wagon Wheel Herb Garden

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Indoor Herb Garden

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Mason Jar Wall Planter

Completely in love with this little indoor herb garden.
Metal Bucket Herb Garden

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Pallet Herb Garden

How to Start an Indoor Herb Garden
Tin Can Herb Garden


Wooden Box Herb Garden


Industrial Look!


Potted Herbs


Blackboard Garden


Hanging Bucket Herb Garden


Ledge Herb Garden

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Build A Backyard Fire Pit

In a week or two Fall will be in full swing. Our mornings are a bit crisper and the sun is setting earlier each day. We have been slowly working on our backyard and knew that one thing we could not miss out on was a fire pit. With the cooling temperatures, one of our favorite things to do as a family is sit around a warm fire, roasting hot dogs and making s’mores so we knew we had to build a backyard fire pit.

We have loved having it in our backyard and have used it so much already! It has been an awesome addition and we get so many compliments from our friends about it.

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We decided to do it above ground for a few reasons – but mostly to keep our children safe from falling into an open pit. The bricks that we choose are also thick enough that the outside stays nice and cool so you can brush up again the brick and not have to worry about it being too hot or burning your skin. I love the bricks – I think they are beautiful… as far as rock is concerned! We bought the bricks in the Garden section at Home Depot and we love them!

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Have we convinced you to build your own? Here! We will show you how!

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First we need a base for the fire pit so we are going to pour a cement pad. Our pad is 34”x34”. Using 2×4’s and stakes, we built a wooden form for our pad. We then mixed our cement, poured it into the wooden form and smoothed it out. For cement/concrete tips you can go here.

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  • Let your concrete set for at least 24 hours, then remove the wooden form.

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  • Using a large sponge – wet the entire surface of your cement pad.

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  • Spread on a thin layer of mortar, about a 1/4” thick.

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  • Use your sponge and wet the bottom of each brick you place.

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  • Lay your bricks.
    With two bricks the long way and one turned sideways the outside will measure 29”. This also helps with stacking the brick. We centered our bricks on the pad, with a 2.5” cement border.

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  • Lay the first row and wet the top of those bricks.

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  • Spread another layer of mortar.
  • Wet the bottom of the bricks you are placing.
  • Place the bricks on top of the first row so the joints do NOT match.

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  • Use your sponge and clean up the extra mortar that falls off the side.

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  • Keep building your rows until you get your desired height. Our fire pit is 5 rows high.

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  • After your brick is placed and the outside is clean – use the rest of your mortar and float the inside of the fire pit.

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  • Using a tile float – cover the entire inside of your fire pit with mortar. Use the mortar from your bucket and float it evenly on each side.

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  • Use your sponge to even and smooth out the mortar.

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Let the mortar cure for about 48 hours and then check it. You might find little cracks in the mortar like these:

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Mix up a small batch of mortar and patch it up a bit.

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After your mortar sets add some sand into the pit. This brings your fire up a bit and lets any water that might get inside drain down and out.

  

Wait 48 hours for all the mortar to set and dry and then strike up a fire and bust out some marshmallows!

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I know that waiting those 48 hours for everything to dry… twice… is hard. Trust me though and wait! Your fire pit will look so much better if you do. Have a fun gathering with your family around a nice warm fire and making some new, awesome memories!

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