How to Make an Amazing Plant Wall!

 

Today I’m doing something completely different on here. Instead of a recipe, today I will be showing you all the steps you will need to follow to make this lovely plant wall. I have a lot of houseplants, and I had this wall that I couldn’t figure out what to do with. As I was scrolling through Pinterest, I seen lots of plant walls, but I wanted something a bit different from it. I will walk you through the steps needed for making your own!

plants on multiple shelves on a wall
My houseplants on the wall

To start, you need to pick a wall in your house that gets enough light. This is one of the most essential steps because if it doesn’t have enough light, your plants will die. Next, figure out if you would like your design laid out in a horizontal or vertical rectangle. When designing mine, I decided that I didn’t want it on the entire wall, so I measured out a 5′ x 6′ section. Once I knew the size I wanted it, I planned it out on paper using a scale of 1 inch = 1 foot. When planning, make sure that the angles for each column are at 45o angles. Vertically from the BOTTOM LEFT corner, I measured 2 feet up and put a mark. Measure another 2 feet and put another mark. Horizontally from the BOTTOM LEFT corner, I measured 2 feet and put a mark; repeat twice. I know this sounds confusing, but it’s not once you get started. To make it easier to understand, you can see the measurements in the picture below. Once you have these marks measured out, you can start drawing the angled lines.

You have to then decide how many shelves you want on each angled line. After you do that, you take the length of the angled line and divide it by ONE MORE SHELF THAN you want on the line. For example, if you want three shelves on that angle, divide it by four so that it is spaced evenly.

drawn out plans of how the wall will be layed out
Drawing out the plans makes this process so much easier

Equipment needed:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Painters Tape
  • String
  • 16″ x 96″ Laminated Whitewood (you can use whatever you like)
  • Wood Glue
  • 1 1/2″ Screws (size varying depending on the thickness of the wood)
  • Wall Anchors (very important for the areas where there are no studs)
  • Pencil
  • Table Saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Clamp (optional, but helpful)
  • Small Level

After you have designed it out on paper, you get the fun part of transferring it to the wall. The spots where I put the tape along the angled lines is the middle of where I placed each shelf. As you can see, I did decide to put less shelves on the wall then I had planned. Remember if you decide to take shelves away, you will have to adjust your math so that they’re all even. After you have finalized the amount of shelves you want, you can start assembing them.

picture of string mapped out on the wall to show placement of shelves.
It’s very important to map everything out

Building the shelves is so easy! I made mine 6″ square. First you need to rip down the wood to a 6″ width on the table saw. Remember though, half of your pieces will be 6 inches, and the other half have to be 6 inches MINUS the thickness of the wood to make them perfectly square. I used a miter saw to cut them to size.

To assemble them, take one 6 inch piece and one of the other smaller boards. Pre-drill and screw through the 6″ piece into the shorter piece. Pre-drilling prevents the pieces from cracking when you’re screwing them together. Put a little bit of wood glue where they will join. Clamp it in the middle and then screw the pieces together. Repeat until all are done. Next figure out how you would like to affix them to the wall. I pre-drilled holes in them and it made it a lot easier.

After that is done, you can choose to paint or stain them. I did a 50/50 mixture of white paint and water and then used a cloth to rub it on them.

A bunch of shelves with drying paint on a drop sheet.
Staining the shelves is optional

When hanging the shelves, mark each spot where the screws will go with a pencil for the screw holes. After putting in the wall anchors in those spots (if it wasn’t in a stud) you can now attach the shelves! Before fully tightening the screws though, make sure each one is level! You now get the fun of putting your lovely houseplants on each shelf. You could also put small tchotchkes on some of them if you didn’t want plants on each one of them!

shelves places in a fun way on the wall.
Shelves attached to the wall

2 Comments

  1. Jason Sheppard

    Wow! That looks great. Amazing job!

     

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