DIY: Vertical succulent frame

Vertical succulent frames. We’ve all seen them and I’m sure you can agree with me that they’re gorgeous. I’ve wanted to make one for the longest time and last weekend, I finally did! I can now check this off my summer bucket list.

Heather’s Dad made us our succulent frame planters using reclaimed wood from his backyard. If you don’t have a cool Dad like this, you can buy a kit at one of your local nurseries. We bought our succulent cuttings and soil from Succulent Gardens in Castroville {since we already had the planters, we didn’t need to buy a full kit}.

Heather {I say her name a lot, don’t I? :)} had the brilliant idea to host a succulent party. So, she did and we came! Anxious to learn how to make one? Here we go!

Heather set us up under some nice shade. It was a beautiful day for gardening with the girls!

You’ll need a lot of soil.
Isn’t Heather so creative? Look how cute our name tags/instructions were!


Now before you do anything else, make some margaritas {I feel like this is something The Pioneer Woman would say}. This would be fun with sangria, too.





Alright – you’re ready! Remember, it’s crucial that your planter has holes in the back so the soil can breathe and drain water properly.

Lay out your succulent starters so you can see what you have to work with. They’re so cute and small – like little babies!

Start putting your soil in! Keep shaking it back and forth to ensure the soil is evenly distributed.

Once it is filled to the top, you get to pretend you’re an artist of the Earth. Start your design by placing the {very small} roots in the soil pockets. This is the fun part!

Remember to take some pictures with your fellow gardeners {friends}:

 {Heather and Olive}
{Me and Katy}

When you run out of succulents, that means you’re done. Water it {don’t drown it} and voila! You have a soon to be vertical succulent frame.

How to care for your frame after this point:

  • Lay the frame flat in a cool, bright location to let the succulents take root
  • Water every 7-10 days
  • Allow 8-12 weeks for the succulents to take root before you hang your frame {I’m going to be very impatient with this part, I just know it}

Now celebrate with some dessert! We enjoyed lavender cookies and lemon ice-cream. Absolutely delish!

Now that you know how to make a vertical succulent frame, head over to Heather’s blog on how to throw a succulent framing party. Heather did such a great job with the details {if you can’t tell already} and it really made everything so memorable. This afternoon with the girls was so much fun and I highly recommend you do it with yours! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  • Reply katie@tulsadetails May 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Wow! I’m so impressed! Can’t wait to see it in 8-12 weeks!! Love all of your other party details, too! You’re so creative! I bet everyone had a blast!

  • Reply Kim May 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing your fabulous time together!

  • Reply Anonymous May 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this. So special! Did you make or buy the frames?

  • Reply Daisi June 4, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Such a cute party idea! I was wondering if you made the frames yourself as well…

  • Reply Cheryl June 4, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    My friend Heather – her Dad actually made us the frames. You can buy pre-made frames at your local nursery though usually. Let me know if you try this! Thanks for the comments!

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