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Create: Vertical Succulent Garden

Vertical Succulent Garden

Getting Started

Decorate your home this fall by bringing the outside indoors with a Vertical Succulent Garden. This easy DIY project can be as small or as large as you like, and uses Arrow’s T50AC Professional Electric Staple Gun & Nailer and GT20DT Dual Temperature Glue Gun. For our hanging garden, we repurposed two shadow box picture frames. Remember to grab garden gloves and safety goggles before jumping into this project! Hearing protection is recommended as well.

You Will Need

Materials Needed

Tools

  • Cutters for wire mesh
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire cutters for hanging wire
  • Awl
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Paint brushes to wipe away soil – 1 small, 1 medium
  • 1/4" Dowel rod or chopstick
  • Garden gloves
  • Bucket
  • Trowel

Supplies

  • (2) Shadow box picture frames – 1 small (ours measured 12" x 12"), 1 large (ours measured 20" x 20")
  • (2) 1/4" pieces of plywood, cut to frame size – 1 for small frame (12" x 12"), 1 for large frame (20" x 20")
  • Wire mesh (also called hardware cloth) – 1 piece cut for small frame, 1 piece cut for large frame
  • (22) Self-drilling screws – 6 x 3/4"
  • 16" Picture frame wire
  • (2) D-rings
  • (2) 2" x 1/2" Mending braces
  • (2) Bumpers ~ glass, wood, plastic or stone
  • Spanish or sheet moss
  • Soil mixture – this soil mixture is recommended for succulent and other drought resistant plants. (Quantity with depend on size of frames)
  • 2 parts cactus, palm & citrus soil to prevent soil compaction and improve drainage
  • 1 part perlite to improve aeration
  • 1 part sand to add air space into the potting mix
  • 1 part indoor potting soil
  • (The total quantity for these two frames was 3 quarts)
  • Pre-potted succulents (Quantity will depend on size of frames). We used the following plants (16 total):
  • Succulent Echeveria Grus
  • String of Buttons (succulent crassula perforata)
  • Portulacaria afra variegata
  • Sedum burrito (Burro’s Tail)
  • Senecio
  • Aeonium
  • Leatherpetal
  • Crassula
  • Graptopetalum
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Start Repairing

Step 1

First, take out all materials from the shadow box frame, and remove hardware from the back and inside of the box. This hardware can be discarded.

First, take out all materials from the shadow box frame, and remove hardware from the back and inside of the box. This hardware can be discarded.

Step 2

Next, paint the frames with your desired paint color in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to let the frames dry the recommended amount of time stated in the paint instructions.

Next, paint the frames with your desired paint color in a well-ventilated area. Make sure to let the frames dry the recommended amount of time stated in the paint instructions.

Step 3

Using the cutters, cut two pieces of wire mesh to fit the size of your frames. Then cut about 1” diagonally into each of the 4 corners to make fitting the mesh into the back of the frame easier.

Using the cutters, cut two pieces of wire mesh to fit the size of your frames. Then cut about 1” diagonally into each of the 4 corners to make fitting the mesh into the back of the frame easier.

Step 4

Now that your mesh is cut, use the T50AC and the 1/4” staples to staple the wire mesh to the sides of the shadow box frame. We chose the 1/4” staples for this project because we’re working with a hard wood and a thin mesh, and you should always choose the shortest staple needed to fasten your materials. Continue stapling until all four sides are secure, and repeat for second frame.

Now that your mesh is cut, use the T50AC and the 1/4” staples to staple the wire mesh to the sides of the shadow box frame. We chose the 1/4” staples for this project because we’re working with a hard wood and a thin mesh, and you should always choose the shortest staple needed to fasten your materials. Continue stapling until all four sides are secure, and repeat for second frame.

Step 5

Next, use your screwdriver to attach the 1/4” plywood to the back of each frame with 2 screws per side, and 8 screws total for the frame back. Since we’re using self-drilling screws, there’s no need to pre-drill holes!

Next, use your screwdriver to attach the 1/4” plywood to the back of each frame with 2 screws per side, and 8 screws total for the frame back. Since we’re using self-drilling screws, there’s no need to pre-drill holes!

Step 6

Once the backs are screwed in, attach the two frames together with the mending braces and 4 more screws.

Once the backs are screwed in, attach the two frames together with the mending braces and 4 more screws.

Step 7

Now you’re ready to attach the hanging hardware. Using 2 screws attach both D-rings to the back of the larger frame, near the top. Then secure the picture frame wire to the D-rings.

Now you’re ready to attach the hanging hardware. Using 2 screws attach both D-rings to the back of the larger frame, near the top. Then secure the picture frame wire to the D-rings.

Step 8

Then use the GT20DT glue gun to adhere the bumpers to the back of the frame, gluing one on each bottom corner. These bumpers keep the frames a safe distance from the wall. They should keep the frame 1/4” – 1/2” from the wall. Set the finished frames aside.

Then use the GT20DT glue gun to adhere the bumpers to the back of the frame, gluing one on each bottom corner. These bumpers keep the frames a safe distance from the wall. They should keep the frame 1/4” – 1/2” from the wall. Set the finished frames aside.

Step 9

Time for planting! Grab a bucket and mix together the cactus, palm and citrus soil, the perlite, the sand and the indoor potting soil in the measurements described in the supplies intro section.

Time for planting! Grab a bucket and mix together the cactus, palm and citrus soil, the perlite, the sand and the indoor potting soil in the measurements described in the supplies intro section.

Step 10

Place the joined frames on a flat surface and use the trowel to fill both frames completely with the potting mixture. Then use the medium-sized brush to wipe away any soil on the frames.

Place the joined frames on a flat surface and use the trowel to fill both frames completely with the potting mixture. Then use the medium-sized brush to wipe away any soil on the frames.

Step 11

Set the potted succulent or succulents on top of the mesh and trace around the bottom of the plant with a marker. Continue to do this until the desired amount of plants have been marked on the mesh for placement.

Set the potted succulent or succulents on top of the mesh and trace around the bottom of the plant with a marker. Continue to do this until the desired amount of plants have been marked on the mesh for placement.

Step 12

Now cut around the marks to create an opening for each succulent, and place the succulent into the holes.

Now cut around the marks to create an opening for each succulent, and place the succulent into the holes.

Step 13

After the succulents have been placed in the frame, use the dowel to add sheet moss to any areas of exposed soil for a fuller, more finished look. Use the small brush to wipe away any soil on top of the plants. Let the succulent garden lay flat for one week before hanging.

After the succulents have been placed in the frame, use the dowel to add sheet moss to any areas of exposed soil for a fuller, more finished look. Use the small brush to wipe away any soil on top of the plants. Let the succulent garden lay flat for one week before hanging.

Step 14

To take care of your vertical succulent garden, remove it from the wall once a month. Then water the plants and lay flat, allowing the garden to dry overnight before hanging again. You can also spritz it with a spray bottle or hang it in the bathroom to get year-round steam from the shower.

To take care of your vertical succulent garden, remove it from the wall once a month. Then water the plants and lay flat, allowing the garden to dry overnight before hanging again. You can also spritz it with a spray bottle or hang it in the bathroom to get year-round steam from the shower.

Finished Product

We’d love to see how your DIY Vertical Succulent Garden project looks! Share your hanging garden with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter by using #MadeWithArrow or tagging Arrow Fastener.

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