Thursday, August 11, 2011

Succulent Picture Frames

This weekend I decided to try making a succulent picture frame.  I have seen them in greenhouses I have visited, and always thought it was something I would like to try.  I found a frame on clearance (under $4- score!).  Then I purchased some 1"x2" lumber, a sheet of plywood, and hardware cloth.  My husband used a mitre saw to cut the 1"x2" lumber and formed a smaller frame that would fit on the back of the frame to hold soil.  Then I cut plywood and nailed it to the back of the 1"x2" frame.  Next I cut hardware cloth to fit on the back of the frame and used a staple gun to attach it.  Last step before filling it with succulents was attaching the 1"x2" frame onto the frame I purchased.  Here were the results:

Next add soil to the frame, shaking it to make sure it's filled evenly throughout.

Gather your succulents for cuttings.

Take succulent cuttings and dip them in rooting hormone.

Place them inside the frame.

Filling the frame with different sizes, colors, and textures.

Here is the finished project.  It now must sit for about 2-3 weeks in a dark area with no water to allow for the succulents to root.


Jane Tonn-Kreski said...

Very nice!! Lots of detailed effort. I saw a nice one on the Outagamie County Master Gardener's Garden Walk.What will you do with it over the winter? Inside or outside?

Hosta Nerd said...

I am planning on keeping it outside under a styrofoam cooler or perhaps in the garage.

The Idiot said...

That's a lot of work. How long does something like that last?

Hosta Nerd said...

I'm hoping it lasts a long time:)

Debra said...

This is SUPER cool, Jen! Those little succulents amaze me. Mark's mom got us an old shoe full of them a couple years survived the winter and is still going strong. Some of the ones we've planted amongst the rocks sprouted tall, really cool flowers this year. Where will you set/keep your frame?