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Vertical Succulent Frames

Updated on September 29, 2016


While visiting Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach CA, I saw an excellent idea to show off succulent plants. It is a wooden frame box that is populated with a variety of succulent plants. The frame can be hung outdoors by a wall facing the sun.

- Sept. 2016

How to Make it?

Choose the dimensions of your design. Just remember the Golden Ratio. It is a more pleasant arrangement if the Width and Height of your frame is close to the Golden Ratio of 1.6.

The rectangular shape is consist of two parts. A base and a frame. The base is constructed with 4 strips of plywood 3.5 inch wide. The strips are nailed together for the basic rectangle. the back is covered with the 1/2 inch plywood. The frontal frame is also made with 4 pieces of plywood strips.

Once the two parts are assembled with 1" galvanized nails, the surfaces are sanded and some holes patched with wood patch as needed. Two coats of polyurethane is applied to seal.

Note: Allow a 1" overhang on all sides to keep the plants and soil from falling out.

In my case, I decided to make one 32" x 20" box frame.

Materials Needed

Some basic material you will need. You may find them around your garage.

  • 1/2 inch plywood
  • 3/4 inch plywood
  • 1" galvanized nails
  • circular saw
  • sandpaper
  • polyurethane seal
  • brushes
  • tape measure
  • wood filler
  • T Square
  • mounting fixture for frames

Adding Your Own Creativity

Here is where the fun begins. You can populate your box with various colors and assortment of succulent plants. Choose plants with relatively the same size and height. Use the various colors to create a design pattern. Just like painting on a canvas.


These home projects are simple and fun. They cost very little but bring a unique look to your home decor. Depending on your location, succulents are easy to care for and hardy. It just needs sun light. It will make a wonderful addition to your yard.


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