I love succulents and the different shapes, sizes, and color they come in. I wanted a way to display them above our back door and in the laundry room with little cost and time as possible as we have so many home projects we’re doing lately, one being an entirely new kitchen in the basement. So we came up with this and it is one of the easiest projects ever. So long as you can handle hammering in some nails, you got this in the bag. To make 3 planters like I did, you will need:
-3 of 1x4x8′s (Douglas Fir since they will be indoors)
-48 1.25″ nails
If you don’t have a mitar saw, Home Depot or Lowes offer free lumber cuts. With the 3 1x4x8′s, cut 9 pieces at 26 inches for your base and 6 pieces at 4 7/8 inches for your ends. If you are getting help with the cuts, I recommend displaying 3 of the base pieces together as pictured below and measure up how well the end matches.
Nail 3 base piece together like the picture above using 4 nails on each side.
Then with 4 more nails, hammer in your end piece in each corner making sure you are securing the nails to the base.
And that’s it! You can pat yourself on the back or you can decide to stain or paint your boxes to your liking. I had some extra cedar fencing stain laying around that I used. I scooped some dirt from my garden, since I didn’t need much, and with each succulent costing $2.99 at a local plant store and the lumber being 1.99 a piece, this project was cheap and easy. And made our laundry room much more interesting (besides the gorgeous paintings by Emily Bunnell).
Speaking of the Emily’s paintings, I’ve been happily babysitting them since her local show a few months ago (she lives over 100 miles away) and they’re still for sale if anyone is interested. $150 each and they are a portrait of the artist herself and her love. She’s an amazingly talented graphic designer on top of painter and sparingly finds time to paint so this is a helluva deal.