DIY Framed Vertical Succulent Garden

26 November 2014 | By

verticalsucculentgardenInstead of hanging a framed picture up on your wall, why not hang a framed vertical succulent garden? It’s definitely going to be a pretty and creative addition to your home decor!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-a large wooden frame
-a second frame that’s at least 2 inches thicker but slightly smaller than the first frame (but not smaller than the first frame’s opening)
-hardware cloth (make sure the dimensions are slightly bigger than your frame)
-oak plywood for the backing
-a bunch of nails
-1 spray can of clear satin water based outdoor Varathane Diamond Spar Urethane
-potting mix for succulents (or mix 2 parts soil-less potting mix, 1 part perlite, and 1 part all-purpose sand)
-succulent clippings
-work gloves
-wire cutters

Take your first frame and apply four coats of Varathane Diamond Spar Urethane varnish. Make sure to let each coat dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.

Next, place the frame flat on the floor or on your work surface with the back facing you, and lay the hardware cloth flat on top of it. Staple the edges to the back of the frame, and cut off the excess with your wire cutters.

Place your second frame on top of the first frame (with the back of the first frame still facing you) and hammer nails on all sides to secure them to each other. And finally, secure the plywood to your second frame with some nails.

Flip your framed garden right-side up, then scoop potting mix into the hardware cloth until full to the brim. Sprinkle some water, and let the potting mix set for at least 15 minutes.

Finally, plant your succulents! Plan out where you want each one to go, and when you’ve figured that out, cut out small portions of the hardware cloth in the areas where you want to place your succulents, then add the succulents into their designated holes.

Hang it up on your wall!

Photo by Andrea_44 / CC BY 2.0


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