How to Make a Succulent Wall Hanging

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Succulents are by far the lowest maintenance plant around, which makes them useful for any homeowners wanting to bring in some greenery, even those "black thumb" types. Because of their low need for water, they can be potted in planters without drainage holes. When cut into quarters, a vintage cardboard globe can be made into a quirky wall-hanging planter to house succulents.

Vintage globe wall planter
Vintage globe wall planter (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Things You'll Need

  • Vintage cardboard globe
  • Box cutter
  • Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Jigsaw
  • D-ring or sawtooth hanger and nails or screws to attach
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver or hammer to attach hanging hardware
  • Hot glue gun
  • Plastic sheeting or plastic bag
  • Potting soil
  • Protective gloves 

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Step 1: Cut the Globe in Half

To begin, use a box cutter to create an opening along the equator of your globe. This hole needs to be big enough for your jigsaw blade to slide into.

Hole for jigsaw
Hole for jigsaw (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Tip

  • A vintage globe that has some damage but still has a quarter or more that can be salvaged will work for this project. This particular globe was missing its stand.

After you have your hole for the jigsaw, slide the blade in without turning on the saw.

Slide the jigsaw blade into the globe
Slide the jigsaw blade into the globe (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Pull the trigger and use the jigsaw to cut along the equator.

Warning

  • The globe is round and will not be stable. Use caution and care when cutting.

Two halves of globe
Two halves of globe (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Step 2: Cut the Halves in Half

Cut each half in half again, creating four quarters. You can choose any latitudinal line as a guide to cut the upper and lower hemispheres. If your globe does not have latitudinal markings, use a pencil to mark the hemisphere into two halves. Carefully cut with the jigsaw.

Step 3: Cut Out the Backing

Lay the quarters down on the MDF (medium density fiberboard). Use a pencil to trace the curved outline of the quarter.

Trace quarters onto MDF
Trace quarters onto MDF (Image: Primitive & Proper)

After you have traced the outline of the curved section, use a ruler to create a line from end point to end point so that you have drawn a closed semicircle.

Traced semicircle
Traced semicircle (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Use the jigsaw to cut along the line you have drawn.

Tip

  • Prior to gluing, test your backing and make sure it fits snugly into the quarter of your globe.

Snugly fitting backing
Snugly fitting backing (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Step 4: Add Hanging Hardware

Before you glue your backing on, attach your hanging hardware. It's important to do this before you glue your backing to your globe. After you glue, the globe surface will be round and roll while you try to attach the hardware.

Find the center of the straight edge and measure 1 inch down and make a pencil mark. Center the hardware and secure in place.

Secure hanging hardware prior to gluing
Secure hanging hardware prior to gluing (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Step 5: Glue the Backing in Place

Using a hot glue gun, run glue along the circular edge of the globe.

Run glue along round edge
Run glue along round edge (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Work quickly, as the glue will dry fast. Place the backing in place. Hold it in position until the glue sets, which will be less than a minute.

Step 6: Line the Globe Planter

Use plastic sheeting or a plastic bag to line the globe planter. This step will protect the cardboard globe and MDF from moisture.

Line globe with plastic
Line globe with plastic (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Step 7: Fill With Succulents and Soil

Gather your succulents and potting soil. You can purchase small plants and arrange how you'd like, or you can purchase larger plants and separate them into smaller sections.

Dividing a larger plant
Dividing a larger plant (Image: Primitive & Proper)

Fill the bottom of your planter about one quarter of the way up with potting soil. Arrange the plants as you'd like, and then fill in with more potting soil. If you are planting cacti, wear protective gloves.

Arranging plants
Arranging plants (Image: Primitive & Proper)

After you have planted your plants, you are ready to hang the planter on the wall in your home or on a covered porch.

Hanging globe succulent planter
Hanging globe succulent planter (Image: Primitive & Proper)

After you hang it, maintenance is simple. Because succulents do not require much water, you can water only when the soil feels dry to the touch by pouring a bit directly into the planter. You can also use a spray bottle to spritz the soil and plants. This low-maintenance planter will bring life and interest to your wall for years to come.

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