How to add a simple flower box to a play house using a gutter. This is such a fun way to introduce your children to their own garden space!
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When we got our sons’ their first playhouse, we wanted to add some fun accessories to the wood kit. This was back in 2014 when play sets didn’t have quite as much added on. Now there’s more, but they still don’t come with a garden space.
Getting kids into gardening is a great way for them to learn responsibility and to learn a bit of earth science. Gutters are a cheap addition too!
Make sure to check out my other ideas for playhouse accessories!
- End cap for gutters
- Potting soil
- Seeds or plants
- Watering bucket
How to Make a Gutter Flower Box
You need to start by cutting your gutter to the correct length. We did ours the width of the bar we wanted to attach it to.
Drill holes in the bottom of the gutter for drainage, otherwise excess rain (or watering) could drown your plants.
Add your end caps. This keeps soil and seeds from washing out of the flower box.
Now you can just attach your gutter to your playhouse. Make sure it’s level (and if it can’t be, make sure the drainage holes are evenly spread so the lower end doesn’t have water pool in it after it rains).
We put in potting soil, then planted some morning glory seeds. I bet strawberries would do great in here too! Just make sure the box gets watered regularly. Soil in gutters dries out really fast.
You can add other garden areas around the playhouse as well. We added red river rock for weed control around the exterior of the playhouse, but I think soil and mulch would be awesome. Maybe plant some sunflower seeds or strawberry plants?
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