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Make Your Own Living Wall Kit

 
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Just in case you don’t know…

We sell a LIVING WALL KIT

complete with a wall mounted

VERTICAL GARDEN WATERING SYSTEM

 

We are breaking this project down into two steps.

First will be the construction of the DIY Living Wall Planter. Second will be the Vertical Garden Watering System.

DIY LIVING WALL PLANTER

Materials for Living Wall Planter:

  • Eco Felt

    • For this project, you will need a solid piece of felt that is 14” wide (or wider if you want your pockets to hold a larger than 4” potted plant) and 75” long (or longer if you want more than 4 pockets)

    • The thicker your felt is the more water it will absorb and wick to your plants roots, meaning you will not have to water as much. However, the thicker your felt is the harder it will be to staple or stitch through.

  • Quilting Pins

  • Corrugated Plastic Board

    • For this project, we cut our board down to 14” wide x 24” long

    • The thicker your board is, the sturdier your planter will be. However, a thicker board will be harder to staple or stitch through.

  • Box Cutter

  • Picture Hangers

    • We used HangZ 75lb. 2 Hole D Ring Hangers

  • Staple Gun & 1/2” T50 Stainless Steel Staples (these need to be corrosion resistant)

    OR

  • Upholstery Needles (curved and straight) & Heavy Duty Nylon Thread

  • Needle Nose Pliers

  • Quick-Release Flexible Tape Measure

  • Screw Driver - small phillips head

Optional Materials:

  • Self-Healing Cutting Mat

  • Rotary Cutter

  • Quilter’s Ruler

Instructions

Cut your Eco-Felt to size

Using your Self-Healing Mat, Quilter’s Ruler, Rotary Cutter and Tape Measure, measure and cut your felt to size.

Again, we cut our felt 14” wide to hold a 4” potted plant. If you want to use bigger plants you will need to cut your felt wider.

Our final felt size was 14” x 75”. This will hold four 4” potted plants.

 
 

Form the plant pockets

The pockets that will hold the plants are going to be formed using a series of folds in the felt.

You will make folds, according to the instructions, and hold each fold in place temporarily with the Quilting Pins until you either staple or sew them permanently.

Start by making your first length of felt 7”, then fold the remaining felt up and pin close to the fold on both sides, as seen in the image. You felt will now be two layers thick.

 
 

Next, measure 5-3/4” up from the fold. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt down along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

Your felt will now be three layers thick.

You have now formed the first pocket.

 
 

Now, measure 11 3/4” down from the visible fold line. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt up along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

You have begun to form the second pocket.

 
 

Next, measure 6” up from the last fold. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt down along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

You have now formed the second pocket.

 
 

Now, measure 11 3/4” down from the visible fold line. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt up along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

You have begun to form the third pocket.

 
 

Next, measure 6” up from the last fold. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt down along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

You have now formed the third pocket.

 
 

Again, measure 11 3/4” down from the visible fold line. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt up along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

You have begun to form the fourth pocket.

 
 

For your final fold, measure 6” up from the last fold. This will be your new fold line.

Fold the remaining felt down along this new fold line and pin close to that fold on both sides.

You have now formed the fourth pocket. You should be out of felt.

 
 

Your DIY Living Wall Planter should now look like this.

 
 

Secure the Eco-Felt pockets to the Corrugated Plastic Board

Measure and cut the Corrugated Plastic Board.

For this project, we cut our board down to 14” wide x 24” long

Keep in mind, the thicker your board is, the sturdier your planter will be. However, a thicker board will be harder to staple or stitch through.

 
 

Decide if you want to use staples or thread to secure your felt pockets to your board. We went with staples for this demonstration because they are faster and easier. However, using an Upholstery Needle and Heavy Duty Nylon Thread will result in a sturdier product.

You will want to do these next steps on a hard surface that won’t be damaged by the staple gun and staples.

Starting at the top, remove the first visible pin and push back the top layer of felt.

Place your staple gun such that the staple will go in about a half inch from the outer edge.

Using firm, steady pressure on the staple gun, place your first staple.

 
 

Ensure that the staple went in evenly.

Depending on the thickness of your board, you may see the staple come through the back of the board.

If so, using your Needle Nose Pliers, secure the staple in place.

 
 
 

The next pin will be hidden under a layer of felt at the bottom of the first pocket. Remove that pin and place one or more staples in its place, using the method described above.

Continue removing pins and placing staples until all of the pins have been replaced with staples.

If you chose to use the needle and thread approach, follow the above method of removing pins and applying staples, just apply stitches instead of staples.

Attach the Picture Hangers

Measure and mark where you will need to place your screws to attach the Picture Hangers.

Screw through the plastic board and into the hanger, as seen in the image.

You can choose to place your picture hanger down further on the board such that less of the hanger is showing.

 
 

You did it!

Your DIY Living Wall Planter should now look like this:

 
 

Losing steam? Remember, we sell LIVING WALL KITS complete with VERTICAL GARDEN WATERING SYSTEMS.

Already built your Planter but don’t feel like building the Watering System?

We sell those too!

 
 

DIY VERTICAL GARDEN WATERING SYSTEM

Materials for Vertical Garden Watering System:

  • Reservoir

  • Pump

    • Make sure you use a pump that has a strong enough flow rate. We used a pump that will provide 120 GPH at a 5 foot lift.

  • Fittings to transition from Pump to 1/4” Poly Tubing

  • 1/4” Poly Tubing - You will need roughly 10 feet

  • Timer - 7 Day Programmable Digital Electric Timer, Grounded, Dual Outlet is preferred

  • Cordmate Channel - To hide the cord from the pump

  • 1/4” Emitter Line - spaced every 6 inches

  • Elbow Fitting for 1/4” poly tubing

  • End plug for 1/4” poly tubing

  • Screw Hooks - 2

  • POTENTIALLY: Anchors for the screw hooks (if you can’t go into studs)

  • Moisture Vapor Barrier - cut to the dimensions of your Living Wall Planter

  • Staple Gun & 1/2” T50 Stainless Steel Staples (these need to be corrosion resistant)

    OR

  • Upholstery Needles (curved and straight) & Heavy Duty Nylon Thread

Instructions

First, install the Living Wall Planter you just made on whatever vertical surface you want to keep it on, using the two Screw Hooks. Here are some important considerations to keep in mind for this step:

  • Always protect the vertical surface you are mounting the Living Wall onto with a Moisture Vapor Barrier first.

  • You will need an electrical outlet nearby to plug in the pump, so choose a location where this is possible.

  • If you cannot screw the Screw Hooks into studs or another surface rated to support the weight of the garden, you will need to use Anchors.

  • Your plants will need light to survive. It is best to locate your garden where the plants will receive enough natural light. Different plants have different light requirements. See this information page on Successful Indoor Gardening to learn more about providing enough light for your plants.

 
 

Once installed, measure the distance from the top of the Living Wall Planter to the bottom of the Reservoir.

Cut the 1/4” Poly Tubing to this measurement.

Cut the 1/4” Emitter Line to match the width of the Living Wall Planter. If you made your planter 14” wide, cut the Emitter Line 14” long.

Fit the Elbow Fitting onto one end of the Emitter Line. Fit the End Plug onto the other end of the Emitter Line.

Slide this Emitter Line under the first two layers of felt, just under the staple(s) or stitches in the first pocket of the Living Wall Planter, as seen in the image.

 
 

Secure the Emitter Line by placing horizontal staples or stitches under the first layer of felt and directly under the Emitter Line, thereby making a channel that the Emitter Line fits into, as seen in the image.

Do this on both sides of the Planter.

 
 

Weave the 1/4” Poly Tubing between the staples or stitches so that it is mostly hidden from view, as seen in the images.

 
 

Attach the 1/4” Poly Tubing to the open end of the Elbow Fitting such that the 1/4” Poly Tubing is now connected to the Emitter Line.

 
 

Now, attach the Pump Fittings to the Pump and attach the open end of the 1/4” Poly Tubing to the Pump Fittings, as seen in the image.

 
 

The pump should now be connected to the Emitter Line.

Place the Pump in the bottom of the Reservoir.

 
 

You are almost done!

Next, fill your Reservoir with water and add water soluble fertilizer.

Program your Timer to the required watering schedule and plug it into an outlet.

Finally, plug the Pump into the Timer.

Congratulations, you just built your own LIVING WALL KIT!!

 
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Want a more polished look? Why not let us do the work for you?

Check out our Vertical Gardening Kits, Wall Mounted Vertical Garden Watering Systems, and Living Wall Planters.