I watched a facebook video the other day of husbands mocking their wives during home renovations and got a good laugh because it was totally relatable. I am the person who gets 10 crazy project ideas in their head at once, not realizing the time and effort they will all actually take and then getting frustrated when they’re not done on my unrealistic schedule in the exact way that I envisioned ?
This project luckily was not one of those, and is truly the simplest DIY for those who want to spruce up an outdoor space. Since we moved in two summers ago, we have completed some larger outdoor projects (garden, shed, deck pergola, patio), and now I’ve finally reached the fun part – adding the details and outdoor decor. I knew I wanted to create a backdrop for our patio, and remembered an episode of Fixer Upper (did you think I would go one post without mentioning Joanna Gaines?!) when Jo created an indoor wall planter with herbs for a client’s kitchen. I loved how such a simple accent transformed that kitchen nook, so decided to try the same concept outside.
I’m super happy with how it turned out, and it makes a pretty cute backdrop for pics too ?
DIY Hanging Wall Planters
- Backdrop:We have a wood fence around our backyard, so our backdrop already existed for us. If you don’t have a fence, you could use another wooden backdrop like a shed, or if you’re very ambitious I suppose you could build a backdrop.?
- Wall Planter Hooks + Screws : I got 6 of these hooks, which came with screws included. They are black iron with an anti-rust finish, so are outdoor friendly.
- Pots I chose 10″ terracotta pots which fit perfectly in my wall planter hooks, but any outdoor pot would work as long as it sits properly in your hooks and doesn’t fall through. (I took a hook to the store with me to test the pots before purchasing.) Make sure your pots have drainage.
- Potting Soil: I used all-purpose organic potting soil because that’s what I had on hand, but Miracle-Gro is another good option.
- Flower or plant of choice: I planted Calibrachoa this year, a classic spiller plant that looks sort of like small petunia. I prefer “trailing” plants for hanging planters with colorful blooms, but herbs would be another good option. I purchased from my local garden center, but you can get these at Home Depot as well.
- Plant your flowers or plants in the pots with potting soil, and set aside.
- Measure the space of your backdrop, and mark where you want your planters to be. I evenly spaced three wall planter hooks on the top row, and three on the bottom (using every other fence picket as a guide.) NOTE: If doing rows, make sure you leave enough room for the plants between the rows (remember they will grow and you don’t want it looking too crowded.)
- Hang the wall planter hooks using the screws provided. If doing rows, I suggest hanging one hook on the top and one on the bottom to test the spacing with two of your planted plots, and then mirror for the next two columns. NOTE: Screws should be mounted onto soft wood. If mounting onto to hardwood, pre-drilled holes are necessary.
- Put your planted pots into your hanging planters.
- Enjoy your beautiful new “living” wall ?
Told you…Easiest DIY ever ?Happy Crafting!
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