Our house is home to four pets (three kitties and one hound dog), so keeping live plants is always a struggle — either (a) because the plant itself is toxic, or (b) because edible plants will inevitably sport shorter fronds due to curious teeth. So, up until this point our plants have been relegated to tip-top shelves or window sills, out of paws’ reach. But I recently came up with a new system that gives us ease of mind and much more freedom when it comes to plant decor. The best part? This works for those of you with curious kids, too!
First, you’ll need two wooden blocks. Mine came from our local craft store and cost just a couple of dollars each. Next, you’ll want to prepare them for refinishing. Although I chose to coat my cubes with crisp, modern white paint, you could leave the wood grain showing, add a colored stain or even cover them in wallpaper or patterned wrapping paper. It’s entirely up to you! If you choose to paint them like I did, you’ll want to rough up the surface first using a sanding block or a sheet of sandpaper.
With the surfaces of your blocks prepared for paint, take them outside and lay them on a piece of scrap cardboard paper or a canvas drop cloth. Spray all five exposed sides of each cube with a few thin and even coats of spray paint, and then bring them inside to dry. Give them at least 24 hours to fully cure.
When your cubes are dry, flip them over to expose the unpainted side. Because this edge will be facing the wall and will never be seen, there’s no need to spray paint it. Add small sawtooth picture hangers just below the top edge of each cube. Although my sawtooth hangers came with tiny nails, I prefer brass thumbtacks because they can be pushed into the wood by hand without using a hammer — the strength of a hammer’s blow could potentially damage the front painted surface of your cubes.
With my sawtooth hangers added to my cubes, all I had left to do was hammer in a couple of nails, slip my cubes on top and then add my plants. I gravitate toward air plants and succulents, because they require little maintenance and look fine for months at a time. Plus, these little plants weigh less than a pound each, which makes them perfect for these contemporary wall holders. For less than $10 and about 30 minutes of hands-on time, I’m able to keep my plants and pets in one piece. Mission accomplished!
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