Ah, succulents. There’s just something about these hardy little plants that strikes a cord in my soul. They’re visually appealing, easy to care for, and can be planted virtually anywhere. If you’re anything like me, this is the kind of plant you need to be gardening. Just stick em’ in a pot, spray them with water every so often, and let them do their thing.
I’ve had the desire to decorate with succulents for a while. I’m talking months that I’ve been thinking about it. Finally, I decided to DIY this hanging planter for my home office. I found a few galvanized metal containers that were perfectly sized, gave them a coat of spray paint, and attached them to stained piece of wood. How easy is that? Check out all the steps below to make yourself one just like it!
Tools and Materials:
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- 1 x 6 x 36″ Common Board
- 1/2″ Wood Screws
- Picture Hanging Hardware
- 3 Metal Containers
- Spray Paint
- Wood Stain
- Potting Soil
- Small Stones
- Peat Moss
Step 1 – Spray Paint Containers
These cute little containers started out silver, but I’m more of fan of warm-toned metal. I gave them a coat of copper metallic spray paint in a “hammered” finish for some visual texture. Since the insides will be filled with rocks and dirt, I didn’t bother painting them there.
Step 2 – Cut, Stain, and Attach
Now, this part I basically eye-balled. To find the right length for the 1×6 board, I laid the containers out and visualized where I wanted them to be. I left 8 inches of space between them and about 2.5 from the top and bottom. I cut my board at 36″ long and then sanded it with 220 grit sand paper. It’s stained with Minwax Wood Stain in “Honey”.
I pre-drilled little holes in the center of each container on one side. This made it much easier to screw through them into the wood with the 1/2″ screws. The above picture shows the containers attached before plants.
Step 3 – Attach Hanging Hardware
As you can see above, I attached two D-ring picture hangers to the back of the board to hang the planter from. These came with screws for a secure attachment that holds the weight of the planter filled with stones and soil.
Step 4 – Gardening!
The hardest part about this project, honestly, was choosing which plants I wanted and I chose the ones I did for their differing colors and shapes. To plant them in the planters, you’ll place about an inch or two worth of small stones into the bottom of each container. This is for drainage, as the roots of succulents don’t like to sit in water. After the stones, use a light layer of peat moss before filling the rest of the containers with soil. I used a potting blend of soil as there was a bag of it in my garage. When you plant the succulents, you should lightly break up the soil they came in to loosen the roots. When they are planted into the containers, their soil should be loose, but not loose enough that the plant could tip over.
To care for your succulents, you’ll want to use a spray bottle and water the plants well once a week or whenever the soil becomes completely dry. Remember, these are desert plants and are made to withstand droughts. Don’t over water them!
Isn’t this project great? Gardening meets wall art in an affordable, easy way. Even better is that this project is totally easy to customize – you pick the shape of your planters, colors, plants, etc. I’d love to see what you do with yours! If you make one, post it on Instagram with the hashtag #FDTGPlanter so I can see your lovely creation.
Until next week, happy crafting!