Decorating with succulents is a top design trend that won’t be going away! That is why I am thrilled to share how we created this horizontal succulent garden placed above our double deck doors. I took the easy way out and went with artificial plants, even though succulents are easy as can be to grow and maintain. I was gifted an excess supply of the fakes from Michaels that a friend had leftover and just went with it. The project was simple and quick, and cheap! The planter is (no surprise if you have been around here much) made from reclaimed wood.
Here is how I did it!
I had some tongue and groove wood that I picked up from Habitat Restore. I ripped it with my table saw to about 4 inch wide pieces, and cut 3 of those to 4 feet in length for the 2 long sides and the bottom of the box. I cut 2 of them to about 5 inches for the short sides.
I nailed all of the pieces together with my trusty Ryobi Airstrike Nailer. The pic shows the creation of this Stenciled Planter Box, but the process was the sam for today’s project. If I could have just one tool in the whole “stuck on a desert island” scenario, this would be a top contender.
We used 4 3 inch wood screws to attach the finished box into the studs above the double deck doors. I found a 12x36x2 inch styrofoam sheet in my stash and cut it to fit tightly in the planter box, all the way a cross.
Then I just hopped on a step stool and arranged my faux succulents, shoving the wire stems into the foam to hold them in place.
What do you think? I am going to be honest… I seriously like it bunches.
It is hard to hang things on the freshly painted walls in our new home. What if I change my mind, what if it looks dumb… so many holes to patch. Not in this case. Totally satisified!
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