Under 2 hours
Take your love of succulents to new heights with this simple DIY planter. All you need are a few boards and some chicken wire to hang your garden high for all to see.
Measure and Mark
Measure and mark the boards according to the cut diagram in the next step.
Cut Diagram and List
From the common board:
- Two 24-inch top/bottom sections
- Two 12-inch side sections
From the plywood:
- One 25-1/2 x 12-inch rectangle
Paint or Stain (Optional)
- Paint or stain all cut pieces prior to assembly.
- Allow to fully dry.
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.
- 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.
Attach the Landscape Fabric
Fill with Soil
With the wire side facing down, fill the frame with potting soil.
Attach Plywood Back
- Place the plywood rectangle on top of the frame.
- Attach to all sides using the brad nailer.
Attach Eye Hooks
- Stand box on its 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.
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 using a spray bottle or lay the box flat when it’s time to water.