Vertical Succulent Garden Project Guide

Hang your succulent garden with a whimsical vertical planter

Under 2 hours

Take your love of succulents to new heights with this simple DIY planter. Just a few boards and some chicken wire is all you need to hang your garden high for all to see.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

TOOLS

MATERIALS

1
measure and mark
Measure and mark

Measure and mark the boards according to the below cut list:

From the common board:

• Two 24-inch top/bottom sections
• Two 12-inch side sections

From the plywood:

• 25 ½- x 12-inch rectangle

Cut diagram
2
make cuts
Make cuts

• Use a circular saw to cut along the marks you just made.
• Smooth any rough edges with a sanding block.

3
paint or stain (optional)
Paint or stain

• Paint or stain all cut pieces and crates prior to assembly.
• Allow to fully dry.

4
build the frame
Build the frame

• Place the top and bottom 24-inch boards horizontal, parallel, and standing on their 1-inch ends.
• Align the two 12-inch side segments so that one is on each left and right side of the 24-inch segments and forms the shape of a frame.
• Using the drill and 1/8-inch drill bit, pre-drill two holes per corner from the outside of the side segments into the ends of the top and bottom segments.
• Use two wood screws per corner to attach the side segments to the top/bottom segments.

5
attach wire and landscape fabric
Attach wire
Attach landscape fabric

• Roll out chicken wire and use a heavy-duty stapler to staple one end of the chicken wire inside of the frame along the top.
• Press the wire so that it is flush and taut to the opening of the frame and secure with staples along the inside of the bottom.
• Use a pair of wire snips to cut the excess chicken wire once secured to both top and bottom.
• Repeat with the landscaping cloth so that it is secured with staples beneath the chicken wire on the frame.
• Trim excess cloth with scissors.

6
fill with soil
Fill with soil

With the wire side facing down, fill the frame with potting soil.

7
attach plywood back
Attach plywood back

• Place the plywood on top of the frame.
• Attach to all sides using the brain nailer.

8
attach eye hooks
Attach eye hooks

• Stand box on the bottom and pre-drill centered holes two inches in from the left and right ends through the top of the frame.
• Screw in eye hooks for hanging.

9
add plants and hang
Add plants and hang

• Lay box flat on its plywood back.
• Using scissors or a knife, cut or punch a small hole in the landscape fabric beneath the chicken wire holes.
• If needed, use your fingers to expand the hole in the fabric in order to get a plant’s roots inserted beneath the landscaping fabric and into the soil below.
• Insert plants through the chicken wire hole and into the soil beneath the landscaping fabric.
• Water and allow the plants to adjust to their new home with the box sitting flat.
• After a few days, hang your beautiful new planter and enjoy!

Tip: Remember, succulents require very little water. You can either water using a spray bottle or lay the box flat when it’s time to water.