How to Make a Succulent Frame

by Paula Burton 09/12/2021

Vertical gardens and living walls are a trend that won’t be going away soon. As homeowners become more environmentally conscious while spending time at home, bringing nature indoors has never been more important. What’s especially beneficial about vertical gardens and living walls is that they can be works of art just as much as living plants. Here are instructions and ideas for turning a collection of your favorite succulents into DIY wall art.

What You’ll Need

Picture frame
4 pieces of hard wood the same thickness as the frame
Plywood or plastic backing
Hammer and nails
Screwdriver and screws
Wood drill
Wire mesh with holes about 1-2 inches square
Staple gun and staples
Spray bottle or mister
Cactus/succulent potting soil
Succulent cuttings

How to Assemble

  1. Remove the glass and backing from the frame by carefully taking it apart. If your frame is already empty, you’re one step ahead.

  2. Measure and cut the wire mesh so that it fits inside the frame with a little extra overlap. You’ll need the overlap in order to staple it to the frame.

  3. Turn the frame face down and attach the mesh. Try to pull it tight as you go so it doesn’t sag.

  4. Take the extra wood cut in the same dimensions of the frame to form a rectangle. Nail or screw the pieces together so they are secure.

  5. Attach the wooden shadow box frame to the back of the frame using nails or screws.

  6. Measure and cut a piece of plywood or plastic to fit the shadow box. Just like with the mesh, leave a little overlap so you can attach it to the frame.

  7. Turn the frame over so it is facing up. Pour an even layer of succulent soil through the mesh. Keep adding soil until it fills the shadow box and touches the wire mesh.

  8. With a spray bottle, mist the soil so it’s just slightly damp.

  9. Take your succulent cuttings and start adding them into the holes in the mesh. Begin with the larger plants and fill in the space with the smaller cuttings. Make sure they’re planted closely together so there aren’t any gaps.

  10. Hang your frame in a sunny spot and watch the magic happen.

Depending on the type of succulents you planted, it might take a few weeks to see any growth. However, as the plants develop, you’ll have a lush vertical garden and wall art all in one amazing DIY piece.

About the Author
Author

Paula Burton

Premier Top Agent Producer Specialties: Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting I have enjoyed many wonderful years working with great Sellers and Buyers in servicing their real estate needs and making their dreams come true. And I want to take a moment to thank them for their business and putting their trust in me. In 2017 so far, I have produced 29 Listings and Sales closed, the highest price being $700,000. In 2016, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $690,000. In 2015, I produced 39 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $530,000. In 2014, I produced 32 Listings and Sales with the highest priced property at $523,000. Over the years, Listings and Sales have been from 30-43 properties a year up to $775,000. My seasoned experience as a Top Producing Agent gives me the knowledge, understanding, and professionalism to help service my clients in the best way possible in their best interest. We've become friends during the process and we always maintain a great relationship afterwards. Because of my strong work ethic in providing the best professional service for my clients, I have been complimented by receiving many referrals from them to help their families and friends in selling their properties and buying their next home, and in making their next move an enjoyable experience. I am affiliated with Century 21 AllPoints Realty in Southington specializing in central CT and having the ability to cover the entire state and out of state. I have over 25 years of professional experience winning many awards being the top producer in Southington over the years and the Century 21 top producer in the state of CT and in the Northeast region. I am a member of the Centurion Honor Society for consistent high top production for the past 14 years. I am a member of the Greater Hartford Board of Realtors, Vice Chair in 2016 of the Legal Awareness Committee, and on the Board of Professional Standards, and Chairwoman this year in 2017. I was previously affiliated with Calcagni Real Estate, and Prudential CT Realty (now Berkshire Hathaway) also achieving top production awards, adding to my professional success and expertise. I am excited about the real estate business and find great joy in helping my wonderful clients. Century 21 AllPoints Realty has 9 offices in the state of CT with Southington being the headquarters. We have been the top real estate office in Southington for the past 14 years in production, numbers of properties listed and sold. In the Century 21 network, my company has also been the top Century 21 company in the state of CT for the past 15 years, and one of the top Century 21 companies in the Northeast Region. We are a locally owned family business for the past 30 years with involvement in the local community and state, and have the selling power and outreach of a large global company - the best of both worlds and the best advantage for our clients. I myself have resided in Southington for many years, enjoying the wonderful community in the center of the state with convenient access to all the major highways. In my free time, I enjoy getting together with friends and family and clients for a cup of coffee, glass of wine, or a leisurely lunch or dinner. I love relaxing walks, exercising, and my yoga classes! I relax with a good movie, cooking, and I love travelling, I look forward to meeting with YOU ready to help fulfill YOUR real estate needs and dreams! Please contact me at any time!