How to Make a Shepherd's Hook

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Step 1

Decide how high you want your shepherd’s hook. If you are lining a walkway, heights of 15 to 20 inches will work. If you are hanging a potted plant or a set of wind chimes, 5 or 6 feet may be appropriate. The straight end of a shepherd’s hook is inserted into the ground. Add 6 inches to the height measurement for shorter shepherd’s hooks and up to 10 inches for tall hooks.

Step 2

Pick hook sizes. Shepherd’s hooks have a straight pole support and an inverted, U-shaped hook at the top. The inverted U curves into a much smaller U that is right side up. The small U is the hanger for plants, lights and other items. A 15- to 20-inch inverted U is a good size for a tall shepherd’s hook and 9 to 13 inches is fine for a smaller one. The small U at the end can be anywhere from 4 to 8 inches.

Step 3

Add the measurements of the height, ground insert, inverted U hook and small U hook together to figure out what length of copper tubing to cut. For a 5-foot shepherd’s hook with a 17-inch inverted U hook and a 6-inch smaller hook, you will need a 93-inch length of copper tubing. The extra 10 inches will be inserted into the ground.

Step 4

Cut a length of copper tubing with pipe cutters.

Step 5

Add the measurements of the inverted U and the small U, measure this distance from an end of the tubing and mark it. Measure from the small U hook to the same end of the tubing and make another mark.

Step 6

Measure and mark the halfway point between the two marks. Bend the tubing on the center mark into an inverted U, so that the end of the tubing faces downward. Bend the tube upwards into a U shape at the small hook mark. Insert the shepherd’s hook into the ground.

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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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