How To Make A Succulent Garden

*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot.

Hi friends! I hope you had a lovely Easter weekend. I’m happy to start the week off with my version of The Home Depot’s Vertical Succulent Garden. Have you signed up for the

Do-It-Herself Workshop yet? It’s happening 

THIS THURSDAY (April 20th) so be sure to check with your local store for details and register! You don’t want to miss it, so mark your calendars, grab your best girlfriends (dudes are welcome too!), and come build a Vertical Succulent Garden with us – it’s going to be so much fun!

Where: The Home Depot

What: Do-It-Herself Workshop

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm


You know what else is fun? Getting to put my own spin on this project. I was inspired by the bed I built for my daughter and the two-tiered chevron planter I made a couple of years ago. I’m a sucker for chevrons and this vertical succulent garden is no exception. I love how it turned out.

How to make a DIY vertical succulent planter

Before we get started, I wanted to send a special shoutout to my dear friend Aniko who has an impeccable eye for design. She helped me tweak this photo to get everything juuust right. Move the plant a little to the left. Switch out the basket. Add a rug. Perfect! It’s a huge blessing to have such generous and talented blogging friends who just get you, who can preview photos and offer an objective eye when you need it most.

Okay, are you ready to build my chevron version of this vertical succulent garden for yourself? I’ve drawn up the plans for you – the materials, cut list, and dimensions are all included in the plans.


First, I built the box. Then I sanded and finished the planter before moving forward. Be sure to use an exterior-grade finish to protect the wood from moisture. Once the planter was dry, I lined it with landscape fabric, filled it with cactus potting mix, covered the soil with more landscape fabric, then stapled the chicken wire on top.

I bought all of my materials from The Home Depot – they have an amazing selection of succulents and I totally went crazy plant lady in the garden section. I also picked up this soil specifically for cactus and succulents because I need all the help I can get.

DIY Vertical Succulent Planter via Jen Woodhouse

Next, I measured and cut all my chevrons. These are all cut at a 45º angle, so no crazy funky angles here. The less math is involved, the better. Trust me.

Set your miter saw to 45º, then cut your boards. I prefer to just hold the boards in place, mark them, then cut them to fit instead of using a measuring tape. I cut long and shave off 1/8 of an inch at a time until I get the tightest fit.

You may need to toenail a few joints here and there to attach some of the chevrons. Toenailing is simply driving a nail at an angle through a board (see top right photo below).

DIY Chevron Wall Planter

This vertical succulent planter is heavier than I thought. It’s probably about 50 pounds or so. Keep this in mind when you shop for hanging hardware. Most hardware will have the weight load printed on the package.

I bought a few D-ring hangers that have a 100 pound weight capacity because I tend to overbuild.

Why build when you can overbuild?

How to build a DIY chevron wall planter

Now that the planter is done, it’s time to add the plants! It was kind of a bear to get the plants in there – you’ll have to cut holes into the landscape fabric and insert your succulent roots as best you can. You may need to snip some of the chicken wire to make space – wear gloves because that chicken wire isn’t very friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I got stabbed. (I lost count.)

It ain’t a DIY project until you bleed on it, is what I always say.

What makes the green grass grow? 

Blood, blood, blood-red-blood!

(It’s an Army thing.)

How to make a chevron wall planter

Also, something worth mentioning: when you turn the planter vertically, gravity is going to come into play here so when you’re planting your plants, make sure they’re planted firmly into place so they don’t fall out. Take your time, don’t get frustrated, and be meticulous about planting your plants firmly into the soil. The chevrons will help hold everything in place too.

How to create a vertical succulent garden

This vertical succulent garden looks so pretty and it’s such a striking feature above my fireplace, but I have no idea how I’m going to water this thing. Not that I’m very good at remembering to water my plants, so I guess that’s just par for the course.




I suppose I could use a spray bottle to mist it or maybe just take it down every so often to water.

Since it’s pretty heavy, I can add it to my fitness routine.

Just kidding.

I don’t have a fitness routine because TACOS.

How to make a chevron wall planter

Don’t ask me about drainage – this is a learning experience for me too.

Ask me again in a few months.

How to create a vertical garden

So are you ready to tackle this Vertical Succulent Garden for yourself? Come to The Home Depot’s DIH Workshop on Thursday!

Attend the DIH Workshop at The Home Depot and learn how to make a Vertical Succulent Garden>

Where: The Home Depot

What: Do-It-Herself Workshop

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Before you go, be sure to check out how my blogging buddies customized their project! You’ll be inspired by all their fun ideas!

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