Who’s into gardening? I am! No offense but I used to think gardening is a hobby reserved for old folks, you know? I got into it a few months ago and let me tell you, it has taken over my life. It’s a relaxing, rewarding hobby and I’m proof that even the brownest of thumbs could grow a plant. Now if say, you don’t have space for a garden, even a small one, there are still many ways of adding greeneries to your home. You can make your own living art using an old picture frame and succulents.
Succulents make the perfect houseplants for budding gardeners because they require little maintenance. Also, succulents they have a unique look to them so they make the best living decors.
Today’s small apartment DIY is from BHG.com and it’ll have you crafting a unique wall garden made of pretty succulents! Are you ready to make your own living art? Let’s get started:
You will need:
½-inch hardware wire mesh
Staple gun and staples
¼-inch plywood backing
Step 1: Trimming and Cutting the Succulents
Using the pruning snips, trim and cut the small “pups” that grow near the base of the succulents. Place the cuttings on a tray and then place the tray in a cool place to dry the ends and callus. You’ll use these cuttings later to propagate the succulents.
While waiting for the succulent cuttings to dry, you can start prepping the shadow box and picture frame. Remove the back and glass panel of the picture frame.
Get a shadow box that’s perfectly sized to fit the back of the old picture frame. Attach the shadow box at the back of the picture frame and set it in place with nails or screws.
Step 2: Assembling the Wall Planter Frame
After attaching the shadow box into the picture frame, set it on your worktable face down to attach the hardware wire mesh. The hardware wire mesh should be cut to fit the inside dimensions of the frame.
The hardware wire mesh’s ½ inch grid has small enough holes to hold the potting soil yet large enough to fit the stems of the succulents. Set the hardware wire mesh in place with staples. After attaching the hardware wire mesh, pop the ¼-inch plywood (cut to fit the back of the shadow box) on the back of the shadow box. This will serve as the backing of the living artwork.
Step 3: Prepping the Wall Planter Frame
After assembling the wall planter frame, you can start giving your creation a fresh coat of paint. You want to give your planter protection from moisture and the elements ( especially if you’re displaying the living artwork outdoors) so brush a coat of waterproofing paint to protect the material. Leave the paint to dry completely.
Once the paint has dried completely, it’s time to fill the planter with potting soil. Just scoop the potting soil and pour it into the frame, push your hands through the wire mesh openings to pack the soil in.
Give the frame a little shake to keep the soil level. Add more soil until it reaches the bottom of the wire grid.
Step 4: Planting the Succulents
After filling the frame with soil, it’s time to go back to your succulents cuttings for planting. Poke holes through the wire mesh’s grid then pop a cutting through the planting hole.
Make sure each succulent cutting is planted securely so it won’t pop out once you mount your living art on a wall. Succulent cuttings will develop roots easily so no other prep is needed at this point. Continue planting the succulent cuttings into the frame in an eye-catching arrangement until the grid is filled with succulents.
Don’t worry about gaps in between the succulent cuttings, as the plants grow, the gaps will be filled. After filling the frame with succulents, leave it flat on your work table and protect it from direct sunlight for at least a week or two. This will give the plants enough time to grow roots, which will secure the succulent cuttings in place.
While waiting for the root systems of the plants to grow, do not water them. You want to wait for at least 2 weeks before watering the succulents to give the plants time to get used to the soil. After several weeks, the wall planter is now ready. You can hang it on a wall, indoors or outdoors!
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