April 15, 2015
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)
Nails & hammer
Hand saw or power saw
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.
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.
Cut the chicken wire to fit inside of the wood box and use a staple gun to secure it.
Next, cut the particle board to fit over the box like a lid, then staple it down.
At this point it should look like this, and you’re ready to start planting your succulents!
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.
Take the succulents out of their original pots and massage the extra dirt away from the roots.
Using the back of a pencil, poke a hole into the soil and place your first succulent into it.
For the bigger succulents cut the wire joining two sections to make a bigger hole for it’s roots.
Repeat this process until you have your desired arrangement.
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!