Create a cute wall planter for small plants using a shadow box. The box adds depth to the wall decor and gives the project a contemporary feel.

By Jenny Krane
April 28, 2018
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Make dimensional wall art with a touch of green. A store-bought shadow box with a DIY removable planter is a great addition to a gallery wall and fills up a small blank space. This shadow box wall planter is easy to make and creates the perfect combination of streamlined and natural elements.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 4 hrs
  • Difficulty Kind of Easy
  • Involves Painting, Gluing, Spray Painting, Planting

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Add Poly to Box

Apply two coats of polyurethane to the shadow box. Let dry between coats for about an hour. Lightly sand between coats.

Find the house-shape shadow box we used here.

Step 2

Mask and Paint House Exterior

Use painters tape and scrap paper to mask off the interior of the shadow box. Spray-paint the exterior of the shadow box, using light and even strokes. Let dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

Painted frame
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Tips For Using Spray Paint

Follow these simple steps for a smooth, successful spray paint experience. Adapt them depending on the size and surface of your project.

Step 3

Build a Custom Box

Using the craft board, build a box to fit inside the house. Glue the sides together with wood glue, then clamp the box together to dry. Let dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

How to Use Wood Clamps
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How to Use Wood Clamps

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Step 4

Add Poly to Box

Apply two coats of poly to the box. Make sure to get all sides of interior and exterior. Let dry completely, lightly sanding between coats.

diy shadow box succulent planter
Step 5

Line and Plant Box

Line the box with a plastic bag or plastic sheeting. Don't cut to size until soil and plants have been added so that you're sure the plastic will be big enough. Add plants and trim bag to fit into box (without showing).

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