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DIY Vertical Wall Planter from Wood Scraps

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?

DIY Wall Planter

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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Supplies Used:

The Steps:

1. Decide the size you want your planter to be, and measure, and mark your 1×4 boards and 1/2″ plywood.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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).

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

4. Line up your cut plywood onto the top of the square/rectangular box and attach with wood screws.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

8. Trim the plastic drop cloth with scissors.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

9. Roll out the steel hardware cloth and staple it around the edges of the box.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

10. Trim any excess hardware cloth using wire snips. Use the hammer to flatten down any wire edges that might be sticking up.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

11. Flip the box upside down again with the plywood facing up and attach the hanging kit.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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.

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

Not bad for using what we had lying around, huh?

DIY Vertical Wall Planter | 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.

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?

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10 Comments

  1. this looks so nice Lauren! like Mary Ann above, we also get snow, so i filled my heart-shaped gifted succulent frame with faux succulents i had purchased at Dollar Tree ($14 worth!) one less plant to water and i don’t have to bring it in and out during the winter! i see now though that i should put in some moss to make it look better, like yours!
    your posts are always an inspiration, thanks for sharing what you’ve managed to do in these trying times.

  2. Lauren, this is such a cute idea and looks so nice above your fireplace. I have never seen this done before. I think that once our snow goes and we get some warm weather, I’m going to make one!

    Thanks for always bringing us such great ideas! Enjoy your beautiful home and stay safe! Bless you all!

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