Since it’s Memorial Day and the unofficial 1st day of summer today, I thought I’d share my latest outdoor project with you.
I DIY’d an easy outdoor living wall! I have to say I am delighted with how this one turned out.
It’s something I have wanted to add to an outdoor space forever, and I finally decided to go for it.
Today, I am sharing how I made it, why I chose the plants, and what I will do differently next year!
I decided to add the wall to our outdoor space at the Airbnb.
We already planned on refreshing this deck for our Airbnb guests,, and there was a wall I wanted to make a focal point.
And the eastern sun exposure will provide plenty of light.
Once I had chosen the space, I worked out how large I wanted it to be.
To make a statement,, I wanted to build the structure to fill the entire wall.
But I did not want the structure to be permanent.
Instead, I wanted something we could change if we decided to sell the house.
So I decided we would need to lean it rather than attach it to the house.
We started with 2- 4 x 8 pieces of plywood that we cut 6 inches from, giving us a frame of 7 ft x 8 ft.
The next step was to secure the two pieces of plywood together with one strip of plywood from what we had cut off the original pieces to the back of the plywood to give it some additional support.
Once we had our base, we built a frame around it.
I wanted the plants to sit inside a frame.
Using screws,, we secured the 4- 2 x 4 x 8 boards cut to fit along the outside of the plywood to frame it.
Once the frame was completed, I stained the plywood with Minwax Early American stain and the outside frame with Minwax Ebony a black to add some contrast.
Then I used three coats of polyurethane (letting them dry thoroughly between coats) to seal the entire piece for added protection against the elements.
I will probably add another coat in the fall.
Before I attached the plant bags,, I laid them out to see how I wanted to attach them.
Once I saw them laid out, I realized I wanted to add some other design element to this piece.
After some thought, I settled on a Giant Letter Board to leave welcome messages for our Airbnb guests.
Now that my layout was decided on, I added the grow pockets.
They are made of a heavy-grade felt material.
We used these large vertical wall pockets for 4.5-inch plants.
I mixed a variety of the seven pocket version and 12 pocket version, leaving room for the giant letterboard in the middle.
Once the vertical wall pockets were attached, it was time to start planting.
Since I was using 4-inch plants (which tend to dry out quickly), I added a product that I have had success with in the past to the soil.
Miracle Grow Water-Storing Crystals.
These were very helpful with my patio containers last year, and I have my fingers crossed they can save me some watering this year.
When planting, you simply mix the crystals with the soil (I like to avoid the roots).
Follow the directions when adding to existing plants.
You have to be careful not to add too much.
With the help of my neighborhood nursery staff, I choose these particular plants because they are drought tolerant and will thrive in full sun.
This, combined with the water storing crystals, will help immensely with watering this summer.
Watering needs are essential to consider for a living wall.
For the giant DIY Letterboard, I painted the square with primer and then two coats of porch paint followed by three coats of polystyrene to seal it.
We then ripped four pieces of wood to 36 x 1.5 inches and four pieces 36 x.50 for the ledge.
I stained them with Minwax stain and sealed them with polyurethane since they are outside.
We attached the ledges with a pneumatic nailer.
We chose 8-inch lettI’m for the giant letteI’mard although the Vinyl letters are not cheap!
That is it for our easy DIY outdoor living wall.
I’m excited to say the plants are already beginning to fill in nicely, and we still have frost warnings here!
I’ll post another pic once it fills in.
Our final step was securing the entire piece to the house with a large hook and eye to prevent falling.
The Airbnb guests love leaving messages.
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That is awesome! I’m looking for something to cover our fence for more privacy so I may need to borrow this idea 🙂
Thank you, Sara! I am pretty excited about this one. 🙂
I love it! When I first saw the wall, I thought, "How did she get those flowers to climb up that wall, and then I saw the rest. That is awesome. I have a wall and that is what I’m going to do!
The wall is filling in nicely so I am excited!
Great project I learned something about finishing the edges I want to make a table and this is how I want to
Finish the sides.
Yay! Love when I find an idea in the details!!
This is such a great idea, I am already envisioning a wall like this on my own property! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Thank you, Sherri! I love how it is filling in.
What an amazing project ~ it looks great! Looks like it should be on an HGTV show!
Thank you, you are so sweet.
I love this project! And that letter board! It will be so fun to have guests leave messages! Thanks for sharing!
Last week I found the cutest thank you message from our guests!! 🙂
Gosh, that turned out so great. Do you think you’ll have to restain it once in awhile?
We may have to restain in a few seasons, but I hope all the extra poly keeps that to a minimum!
This looks amazing, I love it. I have never heard of vertical pockets, I will be having a look for them. I have tried the vertical garden but after a few months, the plants got too heavy and started to fall out. You did a great job and the sign is awesome too.
I am watching the pockets carefully. So far, so good!
What a beautiful way to add personality to any outdoor space. Very nice, Libby!
Thank you, my friend! 🙂
Wow, this is awesome – love this idea! I have the perfect spot between a couple of windows on the back of our house to do this for an herb garden. Thanks for the inspiration!
I would LOVE to do an herb garden wall!!!
This looks so inviting and lush. You made it look easy to replicate this. I bet your guests will enjoy sitting there.
Thank you! I am excited to see how it fills in this summer!
Wow! This is so, so cool! Thank you for sharing. I almost feel like I could do it too with your great instructions! Enjoy your summer on the deck! Best, Jen
Oh, this is so cool…it would be great for herbs or strawberries, too!
Interesting! Love the idea. I don’t have a green thumb, but his idea seems so doable!
Love this idea and you made the sign at center! So cute for your guests to take photos too!
This is brilliant!
What a lovely compliment!
What a beautiful addition to your outdoor space! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.
Thank you for hosting such a great link party!
Such a wonderful project. Perfect to add some interest and freshness to your patio. I have always wanted to create one. I am happy to feature your diy living wall at Love Your Creativity.
Wow, I love this idea! It really fills out the space nicely. The letter board is a nice touch, too! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
I have been wanting to do this for so long and have all sorts of plans saved. Thank you for your tips! Sharing today at Inspire Me Monday
Thanks for sharing with us I’m featuring you this week! To Grandma’s house we go!
THANK. YOU!! 🙂
Really great idea. I want to make one!
This really is an amazing project! I can’t wait to read about the creation of the letterboard. What a wonderful combination of projects!
Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!
You are always so kind! Thank you!!
It’s amazing! I am happy to feature you at TFT this week. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you, Amber!!
I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday
Followed and Pinned! 🙂
I will do that!
This is freaking awesome!!! I absolutely love the live wall (I think I need one now) and the good vibes only sign just puts it over the top!!!
Thanks so much for sharing this project:)
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This DIY outdoor living wall is amazing! Now to add this project to our to-do list; I can just see it on our back porch!
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