living wall art

How to make beautiful living wall art

living wall art

These innovative planters brighten up a dull wall!

What you need to create living wall art:

  • 12mm shutterply cut to the following dimensions:
  • 2 x 700mm x 500mm
  • 4 x 320mm x 150mm (box back and front)
  • 4 x 175mm x 150mm (box sides)
  • 2 x 175mm x 344mm (box base)
  • 24 x 35mm wire nails
  • 8 x 25mm x 4mm full-thread cut screws
  • Undercoat paint
  • Brilliant white gloss paint
  • 1m binding wire
  • 4 x 16mm x 4mm full-thread cut screws

Tools: Hammer, tape measure, cordless drill and screwdriver bit, pencil, two paintbrushes, 140-grit sandpaper

What you do

  1. Assemble the boxes. To do this, tap wire nails into the two end pieces, two in each of the 150mm sides, so that they just protrude. Apply wood glue to the 150mm ends of the side pieces and secure the end pieces to them using the glue and the nails. Attach the base, also using glue and nails.
  2. Attach the boxes to the backboards, using glue and four of the 25mm screws per box.
  3. Sand the boxes and backboards and then paint them with undercoat. Once dry, paint with two coats of enamel paint, allowing drying time between coats.
  4. Once the paint has dried, screw two of the 16mm screws into each backboard, near the top. Attach a piece of wire between the two screws and hang the newly created planter on a wall.
  5. Plant up your new planter, using a mixture of 1/3 compost and 2/3 potting soil, with a handful of organic fertiliser pellets thrown in for good measure. These plants will look particularly good planted with a cascading plant.

Enjoy your living wall art!

The Gardener