As much as I love having plants around my house, I don’t always remember to water them regularly. OOPS! I think that’s part of why I love the trend of decorating with succulents. These low maintenance plants are easy to take care of, and they are pretty hardy. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are lots of very realistic looking faux succulents that will give you the lush look of greenery without any maintenance. I paired faux succulents from Darice with a rustic barn wood arrow to create a fun piece of wall decor. This vertical “garden” would look great in a kitchen, on a patio, or even as mantle decor. Keep reading to learn how easy it is to make one yourself.
Supplies: (click on the name to see the exact item I used)
- Wooden Arrow
- Craft Spanish Moss
- Craft Wire: Galvanized Chicken Wire
- Staple Gun
- Wire Cutting Tool
Step one: Fill the arrow with the Spanish moss. Pack it in as tightly as possible and be sure to fill the corners of the wood arrow.
Step two: Cover the entire arrow with the craft wire. Use a staple gun to attach the wire to the arrow. The staples blend in with the wire and will not be very noticeable.
Step three: Trim around the edge of the arrow. Cut the craft chicken wire with a wire cutting tool. The edges will be sharp, so be careful! I cut a little inside the edge so the arrow wouldn’t have sharp points on the edge.
Step four: Bend the stem of the succulents so the stem sticks out to one side of the plant, resembling a stick pin. Slide the stem under the wire to secure the succulent in place. Add as many or as few plants as you want to create the desired look.
If you don’t care for succulents, you could replace them with your favorite flowers instead. Since the plants are so easy to remove, you could update this vertical garden each season with different flower stems…maybe bright blooms in the spring and autumn leaves in the fall. There are lots of fun ways that you can change the design to match your home’s decor. Have fun crafting and creating!
This post first appeared at Crafts Unleashed when I was on their design team.