DIY hanging garden – Turn plants into a decorative head-turner for any wall
- Cost< 50 £
- Duration1-3 h
Do you want lots of greenery but haven’t got the space? That’s a good reason to look up: a hanging garden is particularly suitable for small balconies and terraces. It is easily fixed to the wall and adorned with plants that are unaffected by being planted vertically. For example, you can conjure up an amazing moss painting. We’ll show you how to build a hanging garden in a few simple steps.
It should go without saying that your safety is paramount throughout every step of the project, so make sure you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. You can find an overview of the correct protective clothing you need when using each type of tool here .
- paint brush
- face mask
- work gloves
- ear plugs
- safety glasses
- pocket rule
- paint roller
- wire cutter
- Planks made from Douglas-fir Douglas-fir is particularly suited for use outdoors as it has a high resin content – for natural protection against the weather:
- o 2x 400 mm
- o 2x 364 mm
- o 2x 445 mm
- o 2x 410 mm
- Panel made from Douglas-fir:
- o 364 x 64 mm
- Screws 3.5 x 50
- Pond liner
- Pond fleece
- A roll of wire mesh, at least 510 mm wide
Let's go - step by step
Saw the planks
You need: NanoBlade saw, pencil, g-clamps, protractor, Measuring tape, Wooden plank
Measure and saw the planks to the following lengths:
You need: abrasive sponge (medium grit), g-clamps
Sand all the sawn edges.
Screw the inner frame together
You’ll need the right size bottom panel to attach the inner frame of your hanging garden. You can pick one up at your local DIY store pre-cut or you can trim it down to the right size yourself.
Now, use G-clamps to position the correct planks on the wooden panel (image 1).
Then, drill all the holes you’ll need. To attach the frame, you’ll need to drill two vertically aligned holes in each corner. To attach the bottom panel, you’ll need to drill two holes next to each other in each side (image 2).
Now, insert screws into all the holes. It’s best to stand the frame up on your work surface to do this, securing it with G-clamps (image 3).
Build the outer frame
Insert the pond liner
You need: Cordless tacker, carpet/utility knife, inner frame, Pond liner 600 x 600 mm
In the next step, first cut the pond liner to roughly 600 x 600 mm and then insert it into the inner frame (image 1).
Before you start tacking the pond liner to the top edges, make sure to use a craft knife to cut a slit into each corner so that it doesn’t overlap (images 2 and 3).
Then, remove the excess liner protruding at the ends (image 4).
Cut the wire mesh to length and bend it
Place the wire mesh roughly in the inner frame and cut it to length so that at least 50 mm protrudes on each side (image 1).
Then, cut out the overhanging wire mesh at the four corners so that you can easily bend the mesh over the frame (image 2).
Now, bend the wire mesh over the frame on all four sides. You can use a wooden plank to help with this (image 3).
Insert the pond fleece
You need: carpet/utility knife, Pond fleece
Now, use a craft knife to cut a piece of pond fleece to length. It should be the same size as the wire mesh.
Lift the mesh from the frame, place the fleece on it and then put the mesh back on again.
You need: paint roller, water-resistant wood paint
It’s time to add a splash of colour. If you’d like your hanging garden to be a beacon of colour, you can now paint the outer frame. It’s best to use water-resistant wood paint for this.
You need: Soil, plants of your choice that stay upright
There’s still one crucial element missing from your hanging garden before you can finish it: the plants!
Remove the wire mesh and the fleece from the inner frame once again. Fill the frame with soil up to the top edge of the fixture and then put the fleece and mesh back in place. Now, use wire cutters to cut holes in the wire mesh so that the roots fit through and the plants stick out of the mesh. Also cut a hole in the pond liner using a craft knife (criss-cross 1–2 cm) that is about the same size as the hole in the wire mesh.
You can now plant whatever you’ve chosen into the soil through the holes: different species of moss, various species of fern and ivy as well as peace lilies all work really well.
However, it’s best to ask a florist for advice when choosing your plants.
Screw the outer frame to the inner frame
You need: g-clamps, Large frame, Support planks
Now, place two wooden planks of the same size either side of the filled frame. These support planks will help you to screw the larger frame into the smaller frame with an equal upward offset. You need this offset so that you can attach the frame to the wall perfectly later.
Now, take the large frame and place over the smaller one so that it sits on the two support planks. Clamp the construction securely together.
Drill a hole into each side of the outer frame and then screw it to the inner frame.
Attach the hanging garden to the wall
You need: Cordless drill/driver
In the final step, you now have to hang your hanging garden in a suitable place on the wall. It’s vital that this wall can support the weight of your hanging garden. Also make sure that your chosen location isn’t facing the sun and is protected from the wind.
Is your little green oasis securely attached to the wall? Then you can now enjoy hanging out on the terrace, balcony or wherever you’ve hung your garden even more!