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Creative process: succulent wall art

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Are you crazy about succulents? I am! They are so beautiful and versatile – and really easy to work with. I’ve created many potted succulent gardens, including a fairy garden. Also, I have really enjoyed propagating the little “babies” and using them in other arrangements, delighting in the fact that no purchase was necessary. I keep a whole area set aside as my mini nursery for all the little ones that pop up in other planters – and grow my own new ones for future projects.

A while back, I had this flash of inspiration when I came across some black decorative metal wall hangings that I had grown tired of. They were in the back of a closet, waiting for the donation truck – or some other similar fate.

They had some really pretty spaces and it occurred to me that perhaps I could create a succulent wall hanging using these as the framework. I really like the look of living wall art in outdoor spaces. It took a while to carve out the time and figure out how to make it all work, but finally one weekend that I was feeling particularly energetic I did it.

Supplies:
– sturdy decorative metal wall art
– heavy wire mesh to make basket (I used a one that had a ½” square pattern)
– wire mesh with larger hole pattern for top (we had a large role on hand – we had used when making our chicken coop)
– cactus/succulent soil
– coconut basket liner
– peat moss
– gardening wire or similar
– wire cutters
– succulents

This is how I did it, but improvise as necessary ~ heck, I made this up as I went along! 

1. Measure to figure out how large the base of the hanging needed to be. Create a 1 ½” deep basket out of the wire mesh. To do this, take the size of your desired base and add 3” total both horizontally & vertically. For example, if you want a 12” x 12” base basket, cut out a square in the wire mesh that is 15” x 15”.

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2. From one corner of the mesh, measure 1 ½” along the edge, then cut in towards the center of the square 1 ½”. Do this on the remaining three sides. Fold the sides up and flap over the corners. Use the gardening wire to hold the corners in place. You should now have a wire basket.

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3. Line the wire basket with coconut basket liner. Mine was a funny rounded shape intended for a window box of some sort, so I had to cut it and shape it to line my basket.

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4. Fill with cactus/succulent soil.

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5. Add a layer of peat moss on top of the soil.

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6. Cut a piece of wire mesh that is the same size as the bottom of your basket. Cover the basket with mesh using the gardening wire.

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7. Securely attach your finished basket to the metal wall art.

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8. Now for the succulents! Arrange your succulents as desired. I really like to see some draping off the bottom, and try to have a few succulents that really pop – either more red or yellow in tone than the rest.

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I am really happy with how they turned out. I’d love to create a larger version – and I have two more larger metal wall art pieces that might work perfectly!

: Suzee

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