Easy DIY plant wall


I received some questions on this DIY plant wall featured in my post on Styling your plants last week. I made a quick DIY with materials that I had on hand when we updated our guest room last year. I am all for using what you have, and I thought I’d share the quick DIY today.

Plant Wall

Plant Wall

I purchased this piece of drag (I believe that is what it’s called, it looks like rusty fencing) from a local antique market for $2.00, and it sat in the basement for a year. When I planned out the guest space I knew I wanted to have plants cover the majority of this wall but wasn’t sure how. Since the space was being completed on a timeline for the One Room Challenge, I didn’t have a lot of time, so I was very excited when I came across the drag again! It was rusty but had great texture, and I knew a good coat of spray paint would clean it up.

Spray painted the drag black

Spray painted the drag black.

Next, I had to figure out a plant pocket of sorts. I found some felt leftover from a project, so I tried that. I knew I could line it with plastic to keep any water issues away. The objective was to hold the plants simply. I knew I could take them out to water them thoroughly.

Folded felt pockets. I did straighten that cut :)

Folded felt pockets. I did straighten that cut 🙂

I then used leather ties to make the pockets and tie them to the metal drag.

Folded corners

Folded corners

Tying the felt pockets to the metal

Tying the felt pockets to the metal

I ended up spacing out four pockets that fit 3- 4 inch pots.

DIY Wall Planter

I added 4 rows of plants

I added 4 rows of plants.

I threaded the leather through the top to hang the planter.

Wall Planter

I didn’t photograph the furniture pads I added to the corners to prevent the metal from scratching the wall. But I highly recommend it.

I added easy-care plants that don’t require a lot of fuss. Pothos, Philodendrons, and Maranta leuconeura (Prayer Plants) require med to low light. I like mixing the heights so that some trail and others grow taller.

Finished Plant Wall

Finished Plant Wall

I loved how it turned out. Looks great in the guest room. I liked it so much I took a second piece and hung it on my covered porch.

It’s great for climbing plants!

It’s great for climbing plants!


Black Spray Paint

Six feet of Black Felt

Three feet of Leather Strip

One 5 feet of Vintage Drag (looks like fencing)

Furniture protectors


That’s it. Quick and easy plant wall and I upcycled all the materials. A Win-Win!

Until next time,



DIY Indoor Living Plant Wall.

A Plant mom’s guide to styling your plants

Simple Outdoor decor

Easy DIY Plant wall first appeared on A Life Unfolding.



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  1. Barbara Chapman says:

    What a great idea for repurposing those drag chains!!! Yeah, an old boyfriend used to drive a little Zamboni-type cart around the baseball fields (he worked for Parks and Rec.) dragging the fields before games each time he worked… 🙂 But, I like this use better! The links are a pretty scallop and are perfect for hanging plants. Beautiful!!!

    Happy Mother’s Day and enjoy both of your plant hangers,
    Barb 🙂

  2. meegan says:

    I just love your creative ingenuity! What a fun way to brighten up any room.

  3. What a great idea it look really cool. I can wait to try this.

  4. This is so creative. I love it.

  5. Allyson Lauder says:

    Very unique upcycle that looks great in your bedroom and on your porch. You’re very creative!

  6. Cara says:

    Great idea, I love upcycling items in our home too!

  7. Glenda Ledbetter says:

    What about watering the plants, won’t it ruin the felt?

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Good catch. I ended up lining the felt with weed control plastic (which I stapled to the felt) to keep the plants from draining onto the felt and the floor! 🙂

  8. […] Nothing refreshes a bedroom like bringing in a live element. Think Green! Plants can help with air quality, so adding them is a win-win. Pretty pots can be found inexpensively, or you can make something like this DIY plant wall. […]

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