How to Build a Succulent Wall Planter

All the materials for this budget-friendly DIY can be found at your local craft store.

succulent wall planter
Photo: Liz Lidgett

As an art advisor, I'm normally more of an "art-only on my walls" type of gal, but I'm making an exception for this beautiful DIY succulent wall planter. I put together a how-to that doesn't require extensive building -- because who has time for that these days? -- and calls for materials you can find at your local craft store.


Shadowbox Frame

Minwax clear wood sealant

Landscaping Plastic

Succulent and cactus potting soil

Spanish Moss

Chicken wire

Succulents of varying sizes

Staple Gun

Hot Glue


1. The day before you get started, take apart the shadowbox frame and seal the wood parts with wood sealant.

2. After the wood has dried, hot glue a piece of landscaping plastic to the back of the frame. We cut ours a bit bigger than the back of the frame so the plastic would cover the sides of the frame as well.

3. Fill the frame with potting soil, leaving a .25-inch space at the top. Then, cover the soil with Spanish moss.

4. Next, fit a piece of chicken wire into the frame. To do this, cut the wire sheet a bit larger than the frame. Wearing gloves, bend the edges of the wire sheet so they fold down into the sides of the frame. To secure, place several staples with a staple gun into the sides.

succulent wall planter
Liz Lidgett

5. Now it's time to place your succulents. Make a hole with your finger in the soil and Spanish moss. Insert the succulent through the wire and into the mix. When you're happy with the placement, push the soil back around to cover the roots of the succulent. Water all of the plants once they are in place.

6. Now, it's time to wait! This is the hardest part, because you can't put up your planter just yet. Let it sit flat for a week so that the plants can root and get settled.

7. In seven days, you can finally hang up your beautiful succulent wall. Take down to water once every 7 to 10 days and let the planter sit for an hour or so. You won't need to water again until the soil is completely dry.

succulent wall planter
Liz Lidgett

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