This Idea for Planting Succulents Is off the Wall, and We Mean That Literally

DIY Succulent Wall Planter
credit: Sara Albers

Plants are a brilliant way to add color and texture to your home, and in our opinion, you can never go wrong with succulents. They are easy to maintain and come in such a wide variety. Since we already showed you how to plant succulents in a bowl, we thought it would be fun to show you how to put them on display in a living wall planter. It's easier than you think! All you need is an IKEA Ribba frame, plants, chicken wire, and soil. (This planter can be made in any size shadow box style frame.)

Succulent Wall Planter
credit: Sara Albers

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic wrap

  • Staple gun

  • Wire cutters

  • Scissors

Note: For this project, you want to use small succulents that you can find at home improvement stores. Get a variety of sizes.

Succulent Wall Planter supplies
credit: Sara Albers

Step 1

Prepare the frame for planting. First, remove the mat. Place a piece of sticky plastic wrap inside of the frame and up the inner sides.

How to make a succulent wall planter
credit: Sara Albers

Step 2

Prepare the chicken wire. Trim sides to fit inside the shadow box frame.

How to make a succulent wall planter
credit: Sara Albers

Step 3

Fit the chicken wire into the frame. Bend the wire down on the edges to fit into the frame, leaving open space on the bottom so the plants will have space with the soil. Secure the wire on the insides of the frame using a staple gun (or hot glue gun).

How to make a succulent wall planter
credit: Sara Albers

Step 4

Fill the frame with dirt. Make sure and use cactus potting soil.

How to make a succulent wall planter
credit: Sara Albers

Step 5

Start planting! Remove the succulents from the planter container.

You will need to remove most of the dirt from the roots. Carefully fit the root into the opening of the chicken wire. You will also need to clip some of the wire openings to fit the bigger plant roots.

succulent wall hanging
credit: Sara Albers

Step 6

Continue filling the frame with succulents. Then add moss in between any open areas to fill in the frame. Allow the plants to "settle" for 10 days before hanging on the wall. Leave in a cool, bright spot to root.

how to make a succulent wall planter
credit: Sara Albers

TIP: Water about every 7 to 10 days. To water, take off wall and lay flat and water lightly.

DIY Succulent Wall Planter
credit: Sara Albers

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Alice & Lois is a DIY and lifestyle blog where twin sisters Sara and Melissa share their inspiration, projects, connection and celebrate the good in life. They create inspiring posts centered around home, family, style and creativity, specializing in simple, yet sophisticated DIY projects. Sara and Melissa live in two very different places – Sara is in the heart of the midwest, Indianapolis and Melissa in the majestic ski town of Crested Butte, Colorado. Alice & Lois was named one of the Top 10 DIY and Decorating Blogs by the editors of Better Homes and Gardens in 2015 and 2016 and recently named one of the Top 30 DIY Blogs to Follow by Domino.