Take your container gardening to a new level with this modern potted planter living wall. Made from a large planter, treated lumber, and galvanized pipe, this compact planter is ideal for growing both small and large plants, and is the perfect solution for small space gardening on a patio or balcony.

By Jenny Krane
April 25, 2018

Leverage vertical real estate with this DIY wall planter. Made in as little as an afternoon, this vertical planter will hold up for years to come. A purchased metal planter serves as a sturdy base and is the perfect size for a few tomato plants, beans, or large lettuce plants. Galvanized pipe rails installed between the 2x4 posts serve as sturdy supports for the plastic pots hung from S hooks. The overall industrial look of this outdoor wall planter makes small space gardening as easy as it is attractive.

  • Working time 2 hrs
  • Start to finish 3 hrs
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Drilling, Planting, Sawing

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut Lumber

Cut cedar 2x4s into four pieces. Measure, mark and cut two lengths at 14 inches long. Cut another two lengths at 63 inches. The shorter boards will fit inside the base planter, and the long boards will be the side poles holding the metal pipes.

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Step 2

Sand and Stain

Sand the cedar boards to remove any large splinters. Stain as desired or use the wood as is. It will turn gray by itself over time. If you do choose to stain the wood, let dry according to manufacturer's instructions before continuing the project.

Step 3

Clamp Boards and Level

Place the shorter boards flat against the inside of the short end of the planter. Clamp the outer 2x4 post (63 inches) and the inner 2x4 post (14 inches) together, centered on the short end of the planter. Check to make sure the two posts are level.

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Step 4

Secure Boards to Planter

Predrill holes through the outer 2x4 and the planter wall. Drive a deck screw through the outer 2x4 and planter wall and into the inner 2x4. Check that it's level and then drive two more deck screws using the same technique. Repeat the process for the other side of planter.

Editor's Tip
Editor's Tip

Wrap a piece of tape around the 3/16-inch metal bit to mark depth so it will go through the outer 2x4 and just pierce the metal wall of the planter.

Step 5

Prep Pipes

Measure the distance between the posts. Cut three lengths of pipe to be 1/2-inch shorter than the distance between the posts. Have the pipes threaded on both ends.

Editor's Tip
Editor's Tip

You can have a hardware store associate cut your pipe to your desired length and thread the ends.

Step 6

Place Pipes and Secure

Twist plumbing flanges onto the ends of the pipes. Shimmy pipes into position between the posts and clamp in place. Check for level.

Mark where the flanges will be screwed to the wood and remove pipes. Drill pilot holes where you have marked, then replace the pipes. Secure to the posts with galvanized screws. We allowed for 12 inches between the pipes, positioning the tops of the flanges at 1-1/2 inches, 14 inches, and 26-1/2 inches from the top of the 2x4s.

Step 7

Drill Holes in Pots

Drill holes in the rims of each of the 6-inch plastic pots. The S hooks will poke through the holes, so make sure not to place the hole two low or too high. Too low and the pot will hit the pipe. Too high and the plastic may stretch or break due to the weight of the plants.

wall of potted plants hanging from pipes
Step 8

Hang Pots and Plant

Remove herb plants for nursery pots and gently separate the roots. Place plants in the pots and add potting mix to fill the pot. Hang the pots from the pipes using S hooks. Fill the bottom planter with potting soil and plant larger plants, like shrubs or lettuces.


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