DIY UpCycled Vertical Planter

DIY UpCycled Vertical Planter

DIY Upcycled Vertical Planter from a gable vent by Farmhouse38.com.

After doing so much renovation work on our house, there’s quite a few bits and pieces sitting around that didn’t get used.  A couple of windows, two sinks (yes, two sinks–don’t ask), and a gable vent.  What’s a gable vent, you ask?

DIY upcycled vertical planter from a gable vent by Farmhouse38.com

That’s a gable vent.  It’s supposed to vent our attic.  But we thought–eh, no thanks, vents are overrated.  (JUST KIDDING–we wound up using a different vent than this one).  The second it went in the ‘leftovers’ pile, I knew I wanted to plant it–just look at it!!!  It’s begging to be planted.

The first thing I decided to do was remove the flanged edges, because they are a little sharp and added an unnecessary element of mortal danger for a planter.  In my opinion.  They are just spot-welded on in a couple of places and with a flathead screwdriver and hammer, it’s pretty easy to pop those suckers off.  And gloves.  Wear gloves.  Sharp edges.

DIY upcycled vertical planter from gable vent by Farmhouse38.comThe edgeless vent looks much cleaner….

DIY upcycled vertical planter from gable vent from Farmhouse38.com

….and much less finger-cutty.

At this point, I strung a heavy-duty wire along the upper edge of the backside of the vent (just strung it through the grating), as I intended to hang the finished product.  I neglected to get photos of this step.  FAIL.

The next step was to line the backside of each vent pocket (there is metal grating across the entire backside of the vent).  I decided to use coffee filters.  I wet them and stuck them inside each section along the inside of the grating.  I also neglected to get photos of this step.  Double FAIL.

I then filled each section with potting mix, and selected my plant material.  I decided to go with succulents, as I intended to hang this on a fence and knew I would forget to water it most of the time–so I needed to go with something that would cut me a little slack.  Yay, succulents!

DIY upcycled vertical planter from a gable vent by Farmhouse38.com
For the ‘stripes’ I chose two different types of sedum, and then as an accent I tucked in some random echeveria and aeonium ‘blossoms’ (at least I think that’s what they are–I am no succulent know-it-all and these were unhelpfully unmarked at the nursery).
DIY upcycled vertical planter from gable vent by Farmhouse38.com
That bottom ledge wasn’t very conducive to planting, so I decided to display some seashells on it. Seemed like a good idea at the time.

I should probably tell everyone that I laid this flat for a couple of weeks for the roots to take hold.  I should probably say that.  But I did not.  I am impatient.  I packed those suckers in there and hung it on my fence post-haste.  It’s holding up just fine!  But for best results, you might want to let yours sit and marinate flat for a bit.  I’m just saying.

DIY upcycled vertical planter from gable vent by Farmhouse38.com

I love this so much that I think I am going to go to Lowe’s and get me a few more of these vents and hang several along this section of fence.  The expanse of white fence makes me nuts.  I must fill it with randomness and apologize to no one!!!

26 Comments

  1. Janet Sabo

    Another one of your brilliant ideas. It’s really pretty!

  2. Dang girl, you are brilliant! These vertical planters are everywhere in magazines, yet I say NO, but you make it look simple and easy.

    • This one was easy–like I said, it was just begging to be turned into one! 🙂

  3. Wow, great idea!

  4. So awesome. What a great idea. Love it!!!

  5. Wow, it is SO BEAUTIFUL! Those colors just pop, and the metal looks quite stylish. 🙂

    • Thanks, Christie–I love those lime-greeny succulents, too–can’t beat that color!

  6. What a great success.
    Thank you for describing the process.
    I like!

  7. Luisa

    That vent was just waiting for you to get ahold of it!

  8. Ohhhh Kate…I LOVE it! It looks fabulous on your white fence. Jeez, my little wreath looks so puny now. I’m seriously inspired to do something like this along the fence to the back kitchen garden. There’s so much boring fence just beckoning for hanging succulents. (But wow–that’s a lot of succulents packed in there. I might need to start some of my own so I don’t go broke!) Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Oh–I know! Succulents ain’t cheap, for sure! Oy! Your wreath is adorable and I am SO HAPPY to have the how-to (like you said, Pinterest has been taunting me with those for so long)–I want one for my front door, too! (You know me and wreathes!!) For anyone paying attention to this comment–the succulent wreath how-to is at http://growingdays.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-sucker-for-succulents.html . One of my favorite blogs!!! Thanks, Julie! 🙂

  9. How did you attach the metal mesh onto the backside?

  10. jean

    I think this is just slendiferous! Love it on your white expanse of a fence, too.

  11. backyardchickenlady

    I would not have thought of this idea at all! You are so clever!

  12. So cool! And my DH is home today with a trip to the big box home improvement store on our to-do list… we need marigolds to plant among the tomatoes and cukes in our raised bed garden and get some sage to plant with the basil and thyme we already have. I have rosemary, too, but that stuff gets so ginormous we use it as a shrub to conceal the old chain-link fence where it shows at the front of the house. I am going to have to forward this to my friend who IS an expert in succulents… she may just love this idea!!

  13. I love this idea! My sedum tower and my sedum wreath have both suffered from the chickens and goats…if I do this, maybe there’s a chance something will actually survive!

    • I have a lot of succulents that have suffered the chicken wrath, too, Rachael! Hahah–good luck!! 🙂

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