Succulent Wall Art





Introduction: Succulent Wall Art

I decided to make some living wall art with succulents. This time around was more of an experiment to see how it could be done. I have compiled a step by step instruction as to how I made my own living art box to hang on a wall.

As a note, I made this prototype with the concept of making more with better materials. I have a slew of ideas and creations, but I wanted to get a better grasp on how easy it is to build them.

So, here are my notes on how I built my first living art 12"x12" frame box.

Step 1: Materials

Materials: Scrap stained 1"x6" Redwood, old picture frame, scrap wire mesh, scrap 1"x12" Redwood, caulk, cactus mix soil, moss and succulent cutlings.

Tools: Table saw, finish nail gun, wire snips.

Step 2:

To start I cut the frame box and made each side 12".

Step 3:

Then I finish nailed the box together and made a "top" and "bottom". The top and bottom pieces were the areas where I nailed the box together so you wouldn't see the finish nails as easily once the box was hung on the wall. When you put the planter box together, keep in mind the sides that will show and place the best sides of the wood facing the exterior of the box.

Step 4:

I cut the back piece and finish nailed it on the inside of the box.

Step 5:

Then I caulked the back and all the corners of the box to seal the planter frame up.

Step 6:

I took the scrap frame and cut it down in size to secure the wire mesh to the frame box and give the box a more finished look. I used finish nails in order to secure the picture frame to the box.

Step 7:

I put the cactus soil in the box and compacted it down. I put a very think layer of moss on top of the cactus mix in order to hold the soil in and retain a bit more moisture. The moss is more of an experimental idea, but it seems like a good one...

Step 8:

I have quite a few succulents growing in my yard so I cut a bunch off in order to make my living art. The ends of the cutlings should "scab up" after a couple of days and then they are ready to insert into the soil and frame box. The cutlings will branch out new roots once planted in the box and essentially make a new plant.

Step 9:

I arranged the succulents how I wanted to make something interesting and beautiful. They will take root in about 6 weeks and at which point, I will put the planter box vertical.



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    and also, does it {the box} have to be so deep. I really love the Hens and chicks....I want to hang some living art at my front door entry way on the brick wall...i love yours it seems to be flourishing. And looks beautiful!

    Can you use any kind of wood?

    Would the plants survive if you watered it by misting with a spray bottle? I really don't know anything about caring for cactus-type plants.

    Wow! These are beautiful!

    Here is a great site for beautiful and well priced succulent cuttings. They ship all over the US.

    I found your instructable very interesting, congratulations :)

    Could you tell what kind of plants did you use? Because I've seen them in Spain and since then I'm courios what was it :P They're very nice (those with leaves looking like flowers).


    I know it's already been said (many times), but very cool! This might be the first thing I've found on this site that I may actually build. I think these would make lovely presents. If you're gonna give someone something alive, it's nice to make it low-maintenance!

    Thank you!

    this project reminds me of a beautiful installation from flora grubb i saw at an open house.. SOOO BEAUTIFUL... they actually have one diy project you can purchase with all the materials.