September 7, 2012

DIY Vertical Wall Planter

Yesterday I shared our updated front porch reveal and just a glimpse of the vertical wall planter that we DIYed.

But today I have a step-by-step tutorial for those of you wanting to make your very own, and at least one zillion pictures of the thing from every angle possible πŸ™‚

I’m in love with it.

We started out with a few simple supplies. All together it costs us around $65.

1. A 4′ x 8′ sheet of pressure treated lattice from Home Depot and a few smaller wood pieces to trim it out.

2. A few packs of “s” hooks to hang the planters.

3. Minwax’s Dark Walnut (already on hand).

4. Pansies (nearly the only flower currently in season) or your choice of flower/ plant.

5. 15 galvanized planters. ($0.79 at Ikea)

We started by cutting the lattice to size. Because we wanted the slats to run horizontally and vertically, not in an “x” pattern, we had to cut the one original piece into two and use a trim piece to connect them in the middle.

Then Ricky began staining it in a dark walnut. This was probably the most tedious of tasks because there were so many crevices to work into. And every time we thought we were finished we’d move to a new angle and find 20 missed spots.

While the stain was drying we started working on the galvanized pots. There were A LOT of them.

In order for them to hang from the lattice we drilled a tiny hole in each one to hold an “s” hook.

These specific planters weren’t necessarily made for live plants, so we had to also drill our own drain holes for excess water. We went with three small holes and so far so good.

Once the stain on the lattice was dry we hit it with a few coats of spray polyurethane and began filling the pots with flowers! The end result is exactly what we had in mind.

I’m really excited for the seasons to change and switch out the plants accordingly. I’m thinking some miniature mums come fall would be adorable.

And the best part, because the containers are so small, it won’t break the budget to refill them a few times per year if we’d like.

How about you guys? Any late summer gardening? Any ideas for winter plant options? Maybe something for the holidays!




32 thoughts on “DIY Vertical Wall Planter

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Andrea,
      This area does receive quite a bit of sunlight in the morning, but we considered that it might not be enough. We figure if the flowers begin to look tired we can easily slip the pots off the lattice and put them in full sunlight for a few hours πŸ™‚

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Haha thanks Jenna!
      We actually used 1/4 inch anchors with 2 1/2 inch “pan head” screws to attach it to the lattice into the wall.

  1. Debbie

    This looks fabulous!! I don’t know if you need to change to mums…pansies are a fall plant too. πŸ™‚ What a great project, it turned out beautifully.
    Saw you featured at Serenity Now.
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  2. Alana

    I stole your idea and added it to my front porch! I made my golf course groundskeeper, plant loving neighbor, who spends a ridiculous amount of time and $$ on his yard…jealous! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the DIY project!

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  6. Marisa

    I am a little confused as to how you made the 4×8 lattice into the horizontal and vertical pattern without taking the whole thing apart. You mentioned you “cut it to size.” Maybe I am having a “duh” moment, but I can’t wrap my head around it! I am going to do this on the side of my house, which does not have a window. It gets full sun and could use a beautiful large pop of color on a budget!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      I may be a little confused with the question, but here’s my best answer. The lattice had an “x” pattern originally, which you can see in the numbered “how to make” photo, next to the number 1. We rotated it, so the lines would run horizontal and vertical. Then we had to trim it down to make a rectangle, which in turn also made the pieces much smaller, hence the combining of the two smaller pieces with trim running horizontally in the middle. Hope that makes some sense for you!

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  8. erin

    what color is your door paint! thats the exact color I’m looking for, for our house!! Love this idea- will definitely be stealing it for our brick wall on the deck!

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