DIY wall planter tips

Susan Fernandez April 04 2022

Who said that planters have to be boring? With our DIY wall planters, you can add a touch of style and personality to your home. These projects are easy to make and can be customized to fit your own personal taste.

Why do you need a wall planter? Well, wall planters are a great way to add some greenery to your home without taking up too much space. They also make a great decoration for any room in your house. And if you're looking for a project that is both easy and fun to make, then our DIY wall planters are perfect for you!

How do you make a planter wall at home?

It's easy! Just follow our step-by-step instructions below. What you'll need:

  • Wooden boards (we used 1x4s)
  • Drill
  • Nails or screws
  • Paint or stain
  • Potting soil
  • Plants


  1. Cut your wooden boards to size. We used 1x4s for our project, but you can use any size board that you like. Just be sure to adjust the number of boards accordingly.
  2. Drill holes in the boards for your plants. The size of the hole will depend on the size of your plants. We made ours about 2 inches in diameter.
  3. Paint or stain your boards. This is optional, but we think it gives the planter a nice finished look.
  4. Fill the holes with potting soil and plant your plants.
  5. Hang your planter on the wall using nails or screws. And that's it!

This project is the easiest one and it only took us about 30 minutes to make. But if you want something a little more challenging, then check out our other DIY wall planters. We've got plans for a succulent planter, a cactus planter, and even a terrarium. So what are you waiting for? Get started on your own DIY wall planter today!

How do you make cheap wall planters?

One of the cheapest variants of wall planters is Do-It-Yourself wall planters. All you need is some empty soda cans, wire hangers, and a bit of paint to make your own wall planter. Simply cut the top off of the soda can, make a small hole in the bottom for drainage, and then hang it on your wall with the wire hanger. You can even decorate the cans with paint or stickers before you hang them up. Another option is with MDF. You can make a wall planter out of MDF by cutting it into the shape you want and then painting or staining it. You will need to add some drainage holes to the bottom of the MDF planter. You can then hang it on your wall using screws, nails, or adhesive hooks.

If you want something a bit more substantial, you can use cinder blocks to create a wall planter. Simply stack the cinder blocks up to the desired height and then plant your plants in them. You can use soil or potting mix in the cinder block planters. Just be sure to water them regularly so that the plants don't dry out. You can also repurpose old items into wall planters. For example, you can use an old ladder as a wall planter. Simply lean the ladder against the wall and then hang plants from the rungs. You can also use an old dresser by removing the drawers and using them to plant flowers or herbs.

There are many different ways that you can make cheap wall planters. Just use your imagination and repurpose items that you would normally throw away. With a little bit of effort, you can have beautiful wall planters without spending a lot of money.

Can you put real plants in wall planters?

Herbs, overflowing vines, and succulents are some of the most beautiful indoor plants. But what if your home doesn't have much space for a full-sized garden? Or, you're just looking for a way to add some greenery to your décor without taking up too much space. That's where wall planters come in!

Wall planters are a great way to add a pop of green to any room, whether you're limited on space or just want to get creative with your plant display. But can you actually put real plants in wall planters? The answer is yes – with a few considerations! 

When choosing plants for your wall planter, it's important to pick varieties that don't require too much watering. Succulents and cacti are perfect for this, as they are drought-tolerant and don't need a lot of attention. If you're looking for something a little more traditional, consider herbs like rosemary or lavender. These plants also don't require much water, and they'll add a nice smell to your space.

Once you've chosen your plants, it's time to prep your wall planter. Wall planters come in all different shapes and sizes, so make sure you choose one that will fit the plants you've selected. You'll also want to make sure there are drainage holes in the bottom of the planter – otherwise, your plants could drown.

To plant your wall garden, simply remove the plants from their pots and place them in the planter. Gently pack the soil around the roots, being careful not to damage them. Once your plants are all in place, water them well and give them a few days to adjust to their new home. And that's it! With just a few simple steps, you can create a beautiful wall garden that will add life – and greenery – to any space.

How do you make a self-watering wall planter?

This is a great question and one that we get asked a lot! There are a few different ways to make a self-watering wall planter, but we will show you our favorite method. First, you will need to gather your materials. For this project, you will need:

  • A drill
  • 1/2 inch PVC pipe
  • PVC connectors (we used elbow joints)
  • Soil
  • Plants

Now that you have your materials, let's get started!

  1. Start by drilling holes in the bottom of your PVC pipe. Make sure the holes are big enough for water to pass through easily. We drilled about 20 holes in our pipe.
  2. Next, attach your PVC connectors to the pipe. We used elbow joints, but you can use whatever type of connector you like.
  3. Now it's time to fill your planter with soil. We recommend using a light, well-draining soil mix.
  4. Once your planter is filled with soil, it's time to add your plants! We chose succulents for our wall planter, but you can use any type of plant you like.
  5. Water your plants well and place them in a sunny spot.
  6. That's it! Your self-watering wall planter is now complete!

The advantages of such a wall planter that waters itself are many: You will forget to water your plants less often, your plants will be happier and healthier, and you will save time and water. Give it a try!

Do self-watering planters cause root rot?

Self-watering pots are not appropriate for all plants: Self-watering containers are not suitable for succulents, orchids, and other plants that require their potting soil to dry out between waterings. Root rot in these species is likely a result of the continual wetness. If you have plants that require well-drained soil, it is best to water them yourself rather than using a self-watering pot.

Other than that, self-watering pots are unlikely to cause root rot in most plants. In fact, they may even help prevent it by ensuring that the plant's roots always have access to moisture. If you're worried about root rot, make sure to choose a pot with good drainage and water your plants only when the soil is dry to the touch.

Do you put rocks in the bottom of a self-watering planter?

We can tell you with confidence that self-watering planters don't require pebbles at the bottom since they combine a mix of education and experience. Rocks would interfere with the self-watering mechanism of these containers. Instead, fill this type of container with gravel. This will promote drainage while still allowing the roots to access moisture.

Why are my plants wilting in my self-watering container?

There are a few reasons why your plants might be wilting in your self-watering planter. The most common reason is that the soil is too dry. Make sure to water your plants only when the soil is dry to the touch. You should also check the bottom of the pot for any blockages that might be preventing water from flowing up to the roots. If you find any, remove them and water your plants immediately. Another reason why your plants might be wilting could be that the temperature is too hot. Make sure to place your self-watering planter in a cool, shady spot.

Do self-watering planters breed mosquitoes?

Be aware that a self-watering container's water reservoir will naturally attract mosquitoes. They'll want to set up a house there. To get rid of the problem entirely, add a few drops of oil to the water. Get a mosquito dunk instead, which also repels black flies and prevents them from breeding. If you don't want to use pesticides, try filling the reservoir with gravel instead of water. This will prevent mosquitoes from being able to lay their eggs in the reservoir.

How can you set up wall planters?

If you have already made a DIY wall planter, the next question to bother you is its installation.

The first thing you should do is locate the location on the wall where you intend to mount the planter. The next step is to verify that the nail size required by the wall planter is correct. If your plant is particularly heavy, you may use extra-grip anchor screws. Hold down the expansion anchor on a wall and drill it slowly. After it is done, carefully remove the drill bit. Now you can easily place the wall planter in the desired location without any problems!

You should also know that there are 2 types of wall planters: those with a bracket and those without a bracket. The installation process is different for each type. We will briefly explain both methods to you. If your planter doesn't have a bracket, find the center of gravity and make a mark on the wall. This is where you will need to drill a hole in order to insert the screw that will hold the plant. The mark should be about 1 inch above the highest point of the pot. If your pot is symmetrical, finding the center of gravity will be very easy!

Take a look at the pot and imagine a line going through its center. Wherever this line intersects the pot is the center of gravity. Now that you know where to drill the hole, do it! Be very careful not to make the hole too big, otherwise, the pot will move from side to side and eventually fall off the wall. After you're done drilling, insert the screw into the hole and tighten it well.

The second type is the wall planter with a bracket. The installation process is much simpler because all you have to do is screw the bracket onto the wall and then place the pot in it. Make sure that the screws are tightened well so that your plant doesn't fall off. And that's it! Now you know how to install a wall planter, so go ahead and try it!

What are the disadvantages of DIY wall planters?

Though they have a vast list of benefits, there are a few disadvantages of DIY wall planters. They are as follows:

  • They can be quite difficult to install, especially if you don't have any experience.
  • If not installed properly, they can pose a danger to both you and your plants.
  • They can be quite expensive, depending on the materials you use.

All in all, these are minor inconveniences that can easily be avoided by following the proper instructions. With a little bit of effort, you can easily overcome these obstacles and enjoy all the benefits that wall planters have to offer!