Today is going to be the first of my Christmas DIY Present Idea Posts, and it’s a Hanging Wall Terrarium.
This idea is based loosely off this photo, however the adjoining post is in a different language and the translated version does leave quite a bit open to question. But, I wanted to give it a go.
For my version I ventured into The Range with the intention of finding a deep set photo frame, however when I came across this two pack Geometric House Shelves I had to have them. I thought that the backing pattern would work really well with the soil and greenery. The only thing about using wood vs the plastic clock frame which the original post uses, is you have to make it waterproof, this is very simple, but is an added cost. You could do this just as easily, actually easier and probably cheaper with; the clock frame (as mentioned), deep set/box photo frame or a cube shelf (plastic = none of the waterproofing).
What you will need: (& Where I Bought My Stuff)
- Clear Waterproofing Wood Sealant (I used a spray and a vanish)
- Acrylic Plastic (other names: Plexiglass as far as I can tell they are basically the same thing)
I went for one that was 1.5 mm thick as I felt that would best suit what I was working with, but depending on your frame this might differ.
- Acrylic cutter
- Glue (I needed wood and acrylic suitable glue that was also water resistant so I use Gorilla Epoxy Glue)
- Gravel / Sand / Charcoal
- Use sealant to waterproof the wood, follow the instructions on individual sealant product (disregard this step if you have a plastic frame).
I used the spray on the outside of the frame and the vanish internally to ensure no rotting or leaking when watering the plants.
- Measure out and cut your acrylic plastic.
To do this you score the acrylic until there is a reasonable indent, then placing it on the edge of a solid surface you snap it at the weakened point.
- Glue the acrylic to the wood.
- Then the following steps are pretty simple and the same as my DIY Terrarium post. You can find the more in-depth steps and cactus care tips by following that link.
And you are left with an incredibly cute (if I do say so myself) wall hanging terrarium. This would make a great DIY present for someone, and as it’s a different take on the standard DIY terrarium it’s a bit more unique and fun. I love the idea of having these hanging on your walls in a kitchen.
Overall, this took me a reasonable amount of time; a bit over a week and a half from start to finish – a lot of that was sourcing the right stuff though… and waiting for sealants to dry. Because of this it isn’t going to be suitable as a last minute DIY present, although using a plastic frame will greatly shorten the building time. But it’s awesome none the less and I think worth the time and effort. I really love the finished look! (which you might be able to tell from the amount of photos I took).
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