A few weeks ago I shared a round-up of awesome succulent projects with the promise that I'd get to my own tutorials asap. I'm super excited to share the first - a vertical (hanging) planter! It's insanely easy to put together, and much faster than the many other tutorials that have you building your own frames and boxes. At the end I've included a photo guide to the succulents I used. Happy Crafting!
- Picture frame – frames with wider borders tend to work better. It needs to be at least as wide as the edge of your box.
- Box base – I used a premade bamboo utensil organizer from Big Lots. The treated bamboo should hold up against the moisture of the soil, but you can definitely treat it with a sealant if you're worried.
- Plastic coated chicken wire.
- Gorilla Glue.
- Scissors/wire cutters.
- Succuents! A photo guide to the plants I used is available at the end of this post.
- Succulent potting soil.
First, measure and cut a length of chicken wire that fits just inside the picture frame. This will then be secured with Gorilla Glue around the outside edge. Leave it to dry for at least three hours. *Note: Gorilla Glue is messy, impossible to remove from fingers, and will expand more than you expect. Use caution, use less than you think you’ll need, and protect your hands.
After planning where each plant will go, cut out squares large enough to accommodate the roots (slightly smaller than the size of the container in which they came).
Once you have made enough holes, you can place a sheet of moss along the inside of the wire – this will help prevent dirt and moisture loss. I secured the moss along the edges with green twist-ties, and then removed moss that was directly above the holes we created in the wire.
Next, fill the box about 2/3 of the way with soil. You should leave enough space to accommodate the roots and attached dirt of each plant. Then you can secure the photo frame to the top of the box with more Gorilla Glue. It’s important to weigh down the frame to ensure that it seals properly.
After allowing the box to dry overnight, you can plant your succulents! Make sure to fill in any holes that do not have plants with dirt, and you can slip more moss under the wiring if needed.
|My favorite - Graptoveria Olivia|
|Graptosedum Vera Higgens beginning to blush in the post-rain sunlight|
A final note: you should hang your vertical planter from the box, not from the frame. This can be done with standard hanging hardware, chains/rope attached with screws, etc.
Graptoveria Olivia Pachyveria Blue Pearl
Donkey Tail Anacamperos Rufescens
Echeveria Green Goddess Sedum Clavatum
Graptosedum Vera Higgens Sedum Nussbaumerianum
Holy Cow! This project was featured on FOURTEEN blogs, which blows my mind and humbles my heart. Thank you to everyone who has been sharing/supporting - it seriously means the world to me. :)