I'm going to show you how to make a trendy, modular monogram succulent wall planter from wood crates you buy at the craft store.
There are no tools involved and this is probably one of the easiest vertical wall planters you can make.
Have you been watching the Home & Family show on the Hallmark channel where I appear as the garden lifestyle expert?
One of the producers asked me if I could make a monogram succulent wall planter that they saw in a popular garden magazine.
The design was gorgeous but too complicated for the average person to make, so I redesigned it as a modular planter using store-bought wood crates.
Take a look!
The letters "H" and "F" succulent wall planters are displayed at the Home & Family deck.
- The planters are made from ready-made, lightweight wood crates from the craft store, so there's no heavy wood construction involved.
- The succulent monogram design is created by hanging a series of large and small crates to form block letters.
- This succulent wall planter is a "no-soil" planter.
- Succulent cuttings are planted in moist moss so the planter is very lightweight.
MATERIALS FOR THE EASY MONOGRAM SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER
Gather these materials and start making your monogram succulent planter!
- Wood crates from Joann's craft store. Price ranges from $4 to $8 dollars depending on size.
- Spray paint for wood in your favorite color, glossy finish. I chose "Sunny Yellow" from Krylon.
- "NeverWet" waterproofing solution by Rust-Oleum. NeverWet is a two step solution designed to create a moisture repelling barrier on a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, aluminum and more.
- Moist moss as a planting medium.
- Plastic chicken wire to keep the moss and plants from falling out.
- Succulent plant cuttings.
- Staple gun for securing chicken wire to crates.
- Screws for hanging on wall.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING SUCCULENT WALL PLANTERS
Helpful Hint: Use a Lazy Susan when painting for easy access to all areas!
1. SPRAY PAINT one or two coats of color paint, inside and out and let dry.
2. Apply the BASE COAT APPLICATION of Rust-Oleum® NeverWet solution.
Shake the can of NeverWet Base Coat vigorously for one minute before spraying and then frequently during use and between passes.
I love this product, it has revolutionized the materials that I can use to make planters because of it's effective waterproofing abilities!
Spray Base Coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface.
Spray two light coats of Base Coat (right to left, then up and down).
Wait for 30 minutes for the Base Coat to dry.
Apply a second coat if desired, waiting 30 minute before moving to the next step.
3. Apply the TOP COAT APPLICATION of Rust-Oleum NeverWet solution.
Shake Top Coat can vigorously for one minute after mixing ball begins to rattle.
Shake often during use.
Spray Top Coat over Base Coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface.
Avoid soaking the surface.
Spray two light coats (right to left, then up and down).
Wait 1-2 minutes and then spray two additional passes, taking care not to soak the surface.
Wait at least 30 minutes before exposing to water, 12 HOURS IS IDEAL.
Staple chicken wire inside of crate
Fill tightly with wet moss
Secure the moss in the front of the crate with green plastic chicken wire.
I prefer the plastic chicken wire to the metal one because it's much gentler on your skin!
HOW TO PLANT SUCCULENTS IN MOSS BOX
Push small plant cuttings through chicken wire opening and secure into moss.
After a few weeks, the succulents will begin to root in the moss, wrapping their roots around moss clumps.
Succulents are able to grow and thrive in the soiless medium with the advantage of slower growth.
Use a small bent coated wire to wrap around plant stem and anchor into the moss if needed for security.
Continue to add more succulents but don't overplant!
Leave some space for the plants to grow.
Plant creeping plants such as Senecio on the lower areas of planters so that when the plant grows, it doesn't cover other plants.
Buy small succulent plants (4"-inches and smaller) so that your plants don't outgrow the planters quickly!
Use cuttings from larger succulents to save money.
HOW TO WATER YOUR SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER
Mist the moss in your succulent wall planter until fully wet once a week or take your planter down from the wall and gently water.
Be careful not to dislodge your newly planted succulents.
I never fertilize my succulents that are planted in moss and they still grow well and last a long time.
One of the advantages of planting in moss is that you can hang your vertical wall planter immediately after planting as their is no soil that needs securing.
Do you have any questions about creating a modular monogram succulent wall planter using wood crates?