How to Make a Vertical Succulent Garden / Living Wall Art


GOING GREEN IS THE NEW NORM ON
SO MANY LEVELS. SO TODAY I WANT TO SHARE A CRAFT WITH
YOU THAT I THINK WILL BRING
SOME LIFE INTO YOUR HOME- AND THAT’S A LIVING WALL OF
ART. I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WITH
LIVING WALLS WHEN I VISITED THE
CONSERVATORY AT THE BELLAGIO
HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS. THEY HAVE THIS HUGE PICTURE
FRAME FILLED WITH PLANTS AND IT IS VISUALLY STUNNING. SO
I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT HOW DO WE VIEW PLANTS… THEY ARE
USUALLY IN THE GROUND OR IN
POTS. SO TO SEE IT UP ON THE WALL IT WAS REALLY
INSPIRING. SO TODAY WE ARE
GOING TO DO OUR OWN ADAPTATION ON A LIVING WALL OF
ART USING A SHOE HOLDER. THAT’S RIGHT. I PICKED THIS
SHOE HOLDER UP FROM A SECOND
HAND STORE. AND THIS IS THE MAIN COMPONENT
TO OUR LIVING WALL OF ART, IT
IS GOING TO HOUSE ALL OF OUR PLANTS. WHAT YOU’LL
NEED IS A PICTURE FRAME, A SHOE
HOLDER, YOU’LL NEED SOME SOIL, OF
COURSE, FOR YOUR PLANTS- I
CHOSE SUCCULENTS- SUCCULENTS ARE A DURABLE PLANT.
IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE GREENEST
THUMB IT’S A GREAT PLANT TO START OFF
WITH. THEY DON’T NEED A LOT OF
WATER. YOU WILL ALSO NEED SOME PALM FROND HUSK AND SOME
STONE. THESE TWO ITEMS WILL CREATE THAT NICE
VISUAL BEAUTY INSIDE THE SHOE
HOLDER. YOU WILL ALSO NEED A STAPLER,
SOME SCISSORS A STAPLE GUN AND A HOLE
PUNCHER. YOU WILL ALSO NEED
SOME DUCT TAPE TO SEAL THE BACK OF THE FRAME.
THEY ARE THE ITEMS THAT YOU
NEED TO CREATE YOUR LIVING WALL OF ART. LET’S
GET STARTED! THE FIRST THING
THAT WE’LL WANT TO DO IS ATTACH OUR SHOE HOLDER TO OUR PICTURE
FRAME. NOW DEPENDING ON HOW BIG YOUR PICTURE FRAME IS,
YOU’LL WANT TO DETERMINE HOW
MUCH OF THE SHOE HOLDER YOU’LL WANT
TO USE. SO LAY IT DOWN AND CUT
IT OUT AND STAPLE IT ON. ALL RIGHT. NOW THAT I HAVE CUT
IT OUT, WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO
IS WE ARE GOING TO TAKE OUR
STAPLER AND JUST STAPLE THE TOP OF OUR SHOE HOLDER HERE- ALL
THE WAY AROUND. BECAUSE WHAT WILL END UP HAPPENING IS THIS
WILL PULL FORWARD AND OVER TIME
THE SOIL AND THE WATER WILL PULL AWAY
FROM THE BACKING. WE WANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT THAT DOESN’T
HAPPEN. YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE NOW. THERE IS ONLY
THAT MUCH PULL, AS OPPOSED TO
THAT MUCH PULL. OKAY. NOW THAT WE HAVE PUT STAPLES
INTO THE TOP OF EACH OF OUR
POCKETS- TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR PLANTS
ARE SECURE- WE ARE NOW GOING TO
TAKE OUR HOLE PUNCHER AND WE ARE
GOING TO CREATE HOLES AT THE
BOTTOM OF EACH POCKET- SO THAT THE WATER CAN
DRAIN OUT. YOU’RE JUST GOING TO
GO AHEAD AND MAKE HOLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. ALL RIGHT. NOW HERE COMES THE
FUN PART. WE ARE GOING TO GO
AHEAD NOW AND ATTACH OUR SHOE HOLDER TO
THE BACK OF THE FRAME. ALL RIGHT. ONCE YOU HAVE
SECURED YOUR SHOE HOLDER TO
YOUR PICTURE FRAME TAKE A LOOK. I AM SURE IT LOOKS PRETTY COOL!
THAT IS THE BEGINNING OF YOUR
LIVING WALL OF ART. NOW WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS
CUT OFF ANY OF THE EXCESS SHOE HOLDER THAT WE HAVE HERE-
AND USE OUR DUCT TAPE TO PUT IT
AROUND THE EDGE JUST TO SECURE IT. NOW THE FUN BEGINS. WHAT WE ARE
GOING TO DO IS ADD OUR SOIL,
OUR STONES, OUR PALM FROND HUSK AND REALLY
SEE THIS PIECE COME ALIVE. I AM ADDING THE HUSK TO THE
BOTTOM OF THE SHOE HOLDER FOR A
FEW REASONS – ONE IT WILL HELP WITH
DRAINAGE, AND TWO, IT WILL
VISUALLY LOOK STUNNING. THAT WAS EASY. NOW WE NEED TO
ADD OUR SOIL. NOW THIS MAY GET A LITTLE MESSY- BUT THAT’S
HALF THE FUN. IT’S COMING ALONG QUITE NICE.
RIGHT? DON’T OVERFILL YOUR
POCKETS WITH TOO MUCH SOIL. YOU WANT TO
LEAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR YOUR
PLANTS AND STONES. AS I MENTIONED BEFORE,
SUCCULENTS ARE WONDERFUL PLANTS
TO WORK WITH IF YOU’RE STARTING OFF
GARDENING. BECAUSE THEY ARE
DROUGHT RESISTANT AND THEY DON’T NEED A LOT OF
WATER. THEY ARE THE PERFECT
PLANT FOR THIS TYPE OF PROJECT.
I PICKED THESE UP AT MY LOCAL HARDWARE STORE.
WHAT I AM GOING TO DO IS SIMPLY
BREAK UP THE PLANT- MAKING SURE THAT EVERY PIECE OF
THE PLANT HAS A LITTLE BIT OF ROOT- AND I AM
GOING TO PLACE THEM
STRATEGICALLY AROUND THE PIECE. THE LIVING WALL OF ART IS
REALLY COMING TO LIFE,
LITERALLY. SO WHAT I AM GOING TO DO NOW,
IS ADD ONE FINAL PLANT- JUST TO
BRING SOME COLOR. TO THIS PIECE. I HAVE APTENIA,
IT IS ANOTHER TYPE OF SUCCULENT – AND IT FLOWERS THIS BEAUTIFUL
PINK FLOWER HERE. SO WE ARE
GOING TO ADD THIS THROUGHOUT
PIECE. OK. THAT’S THE LAST PLANT. ONCE YOU HAVE PLACED IN
THE AMOUNT OF PLANTS THAT YOU DESIRE- THE
BEST THING TO DO NOW IS GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT SOME MORE SOIL AND
PUT SOME OF THE ROCK IN PLACE. YOU CAN PUT THEM ANYWHERE. I AM
MAKING JUST A PATTERN. YOU CAN
SEE THAT I HAVE AND JUST HAVE FUN WITH IT- AND
REMEMBER THERE ARE NO RULES
WHEN CREATING ART. AND THERE YOU HAVE IT, A
BEAUTIFUL LIVING WALL OF ART. IT IS A
WONDERFUL CRAFT TO DO AND IT
WILL BRING A LOT OF LIFE TO YOU SPACE. ARE YOU A
CRAFTER ON THE HUNT FOR YOUR
NEXT PROJECT? WE HAVE GOT TONS OF QUICK AND
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