How to make a wall planter for either indoors or outdoors using scrap wood, moss, and succulents for the perfect spring or summer gardening project.
There’s just something extra amazing about working with what you have to make decor for your house out of practically nothing.
But since we’ve been home for 2 weeks now, and the need for a creative outlet has gotten STRONG, Robert and I got the idea to repurpose some wood scraps sitting in our garage that were originally destined for the trash.
Remember Betty White the buffet makeover we did a couple of weeks ago?
I realized the bottom boards we cut off to shorten it for the legs could be turned into a super cute wall planter for succulents on our back porch. Which currently looks like this…
But we’ll be cleaning it up to look like this again over the weekend.
And hey, spring! If we can’t go out and do all of the fun spring things, at least we can make a little garden to kick it off.
DIY Vertical Wall Planter
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- Scrap wood boards (You can use pretty much any size you want for where you plan to hang the planter. Our boards were about the size of 1×4)
- 1/2″ thick plywood scrap
- #8 1/2″ wood screws
- Roll of 1/2″ steel hardware cloth
- Small plastic drop cloth
- Hangman hanger (or other hanging kit of your choice)
- Circular saw
- Power drill
- Heavy duty stapler
- Wire snips
- Measuring tape
- Carpenter square
- Spray paint or wood stain with paint brush
- Potting soil
- Succulents or plants of your choice (You could also use artificial plants without dirt if you prefer)
- 1-2 packs of moss
- Hot glue gun
1. Decide the size you want your planter to be, and measure, and mark your 1×4 boards and 1/2″ plywood.
2. Cut the 1×4 pieces and plywood with the circular saw.
Side note: Check out creepy Gummy Bob, our garage boxing dummy, as our project supervisor back there. Haha! He scares me every time I walk out into our garage at night.
3. Assemble the 1×4 pieces into the square/rectangle shaped box and secure at the corners with wood screws (drill pilot holes beforehand to prevent wood from splitting).
4. Line up your cut plywood onto the top of the square/rectangular box and attach with wood screws.
5. Stain or paint your box. (If you plan to spray paint it, you can wait until you add the hardware cloth.)
6. Flip the box so that the plywood is laying flat on the bottom and spread out you plastic drop cloth inside of the box. (If you prefer, you can stain or paint your box before adding the drop cloth.)
7. Staple the plastic drop cloth securely inside of the box.
8. Trim the plastic drop cloth with scissors.
9. Roll out the steel hardware cloth and staple it around the edges of the box.
10. Trim any excess hardware cloth using wire snips. Use the hammer to flatten down any wire edges that might be sticking up.
11. Flip the box upside down again with the plywood facing up and attach the hanging kit.
12. Spray paint your box your desired color (if you didn’t already paint or stain it previously).
13. Fill the box with potting soil and shake the box to redistribute the soil evenly, making sure the soil is full to the top of the box at the hardware cloth.
14. Trim the bottom of the succulents and place the roots through the hardware cloth into the soil.
15. Fill in any space between the succulents with moss and a few dabs of hot glue onto the hardware cloth. As the succulents grow and spread out, you can remove the moss.
Isn’t it cute?! Our back porch has been desperate for a refresh now that it’s warming up outside, and this was the motivation we needed to get us started out here.
Not bad for using what we had lying around, huh?
Are you working on any projects using stuff you have on hand right now? Sometimes that’s how the best ideas are found. Necessity is the mother of invention, right?