Shadow Box Wall Planter

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.

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 Hour
  • Start to Finish 4 Hours
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Easy
  • Involves Painting, Gluing, Spray Painting, Planting

What you need


  • Paintbrush
  • Sanding block
  • Painters tape
  • Clamps
  • Scissors


  • House-shaped shadow box
  • Polyurethane
  • Spray paint
  • 1/4 x 2.25 x 24” craft board
  • Wood glue
  • Plastic bag
  • Potting soil
  • Small plants or succulents

How to do it

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.

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.

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.

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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