DIY succulent living picture frame planter

I’m trying to forget the fact that it’s snowing by posting a very Spring inspired post. Maybe it will lure the Spring weather to come back… cross your fingers! I’m so excited for Spring because Spring means… succulents! I’m just going to admit it straight away, I’m in love with these little babies. Actually, I’m obsessed… like crazy cat lady obsessed, but with succulents… and cats. I am the crazy cat and succulent lady. Every time I’m in a garden center I find a few little friends that need to come home and live with me. They are just too cute to pass up! I’m always looking for different ways to plant them and if you’re the same way this is the perfect DIY for you! This succulent living frame is super easy and it looks so cute on any side table or windowsill. 

Here’s what you’ll need:
Picture frame (I used a 5×7 from Ikea)
Thin Particle board
0.5×2.5 inch pine board (or similar)
Chicken wire
Nails & hammer
Wood glue
Staple gun
Hand saw or power saw

DIY succulent living picture frame planter
First, we need to construct the box that will be mounted to the back of the frame, that will hold the soil for the plants. To do this, measure the dimensions of the hole in the frame and cut the pine board accordingly, make sure to take the thickness of the board into consideration. Nail the boards together in a square to make a simple butt-joint frame. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter

DIY succulent living picture frame planter

Wood glue the box frame to the back of the picture frame and put something heavy on top while the glue dries for about 2 hours. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
Cut the chicken wire to fit inside of the wood box and use a staple gun to secure it. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
Next, cut the particle board to fit over the box like a lid, then staple it down. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
At this point it should look like this, and you’re ready to start planting your succulents!
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
Fill the frame with soil through the chicken wire. Make sure the soil is a little bit damp so that you can pack it down into the frame. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter

Take the succulents out of their original pots and massage the extra dirt away from the roots. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
Using the back of a pencil, poke a hole into the soil and place your first succulent into it. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
For the bigger succulents cut the wire joining two sections to make a bigger hole for it’s roots. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
Repeat this process until you have your desired arrangement. 
DIY succulent living picture frame planter
DIY succulent living picture frame planter

All done! With the box on the back of the frame, your masterpiece should stand up on it’s own. Isn’t it gorgeous! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Leave a comment if you are succulent obsessed as well!

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  1. Hiya, thank you for popping over to pretty shabby. We have a linky party every wednesday, I would love for you to share your blog with my readers

    1. That would be awesome! I’ll check in next Wednesday for your next link party:)

  2. Hello Gorgeous! This looks incredible! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Glad you liked it Kimberly! I’ll be sure to check into the party!

  3. This turned out beautifully! I made something like this last year but bigger, to hang on my porch! I never thought of using a frame to make into one. I am inspired! Thanks for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday! pinned and shared 🙂
    Live Randomly Simple

    1. I’ve seen the bigger ones too! I thought it would be nice to have a little one that I could enjoy in my house. Glad you’re inspired!

  4. Oreeko says:

    This is gorgeous! It looks easy to do!!! Thank you for the tutorial!

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