Sydney likes the presence of plants and the growth they represent, even if she can't seem to keep them alive. We love the contrast of wood tones and subtle natural hues. If either of those things sounds like you, then this DIY hanging succulent holder is the project for you. It's quick, easy, simple, and beautiful. Plus, it's easy to add your own personal touches based on your preference for wood grain and plants.
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Equipment and Materials:
Steps for DIY Hanging Succulent Holders
step 1 - Choose Your Wood
The beauty of this project is that there are so many wood grains that look beautiful and create a nice contrast with the plants. We've built a handful of these to sell, as you can see in the picture below.
Your first step is to choose your wood. We primarily use walnut, ash, and butternut in our home, so we decided on walnut from Wall Lumber Company for our succulent holder. However, we purchased the wood in the picture below from either Lowe's or Home Depot. We prefer a smooth finish for this project, but you can choose if you want it to be a rough cut as well.
Step 2 - Make Your cuts
Our longer board is 6 in wide x 24 in long x 7/8 in thick. The shorter board is 6 in wide x 4 in long x 7/8 in thick. We planed these at home since we started with rough-cut lumber, but this step won't be needed if you purchase from a big box store.
These dimensions can be adjusted based on preference. Remember that your boards need to be thick enough for the hardware that is used.
Step 3 - Drill Holes
We marked center on our smaller board and prepared our drill press to cut a 3/4 in hole for our eye hook.
Then, we marked the holes for the L-shape brackets and pre-drilled small holes to make them easier to put on later. The bottom of the smaller board is 5.25 in from the top of the longer board.
STEP 4 - Sanding
You can sand the boards by hand or use an orbital sander for a quick and easy job. We moved through the sanding progressions to get a soft finish. This means that we started with 80-grit and progressed to 120-grit and then 220-grit sanding.
Since we used dark walnut, we also had to raise the grain. This means that walnut is sensitive to moisture and that the wood grains will pop later when a finish is applied. You can remedy this by using a lightly dampened cloth to wipe down the boards. Once dry, use 320-grit sandpaper and wipe off any dust with a dry cloth.
Step 5 - Stain and Finish
We love using Danish oil on our dark walnut pieces, which is what is pictured in our main photos. This is easy to apply and does not require an additional finish on the top.
However, you can use various stain color options. We recommend using a Polycrylic finish or Odie's Oil if you choose to stain the wood.
Step 6 - Put It Together
Start by putting on a picture hanger on the back. We center our hanger with the shorter board. Next, use the L-shape brackets to attach the shorter board to the longer board. Finally, attach the eye hook.
Now, you're ready to add the glass house. Ours came with the twine rope, and we tied a knot based on our own preference for length. We used some rocks and fake moss to fill the space before putting in our faux succulents.
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Josh and Sydney are life adventurers that love to learn and create. We are exact opposites and enjoy gaining new perspective. Our home is where our varying personalities shine, and we use it to gather our friends and family together.