Home Made Simple
designers Jeremiah Brent, Kenneth Wingard and David Leon show homeowners how to make a living wall. This living sculpture-esque art piece is both beautiful and functional. The decorative floral wall is perfect for any indoor or outdoor space and can help bring a little bit of nature to your home. First, David Leon and Jeremiah Brent help put together the wall frame. Using several 1x4s, they drill together a sturdy wooden frame that also includes ribs in between to give the structure more strength. They finish off the frame by flipping it over and glueing on a piece of Luan (a type of plywood available at most hardware stores). In addition to the glue, they also shoot brad nails approximately every foot to make sure the plywood is firmly attached.
Next, Kenneth Wingard joins the group and dumps cactus soil between all the ribs. He then staples on chicken wire across the frame using a staple gun. Using a variety of beautiful succulents, they then carefully stick each plant through the chicken wire and firmly into the dirt so the plants will stick out through the wire and become the living, growing wall. Succulents are the ideal type of plant for this project because they are drought resistant and require minimal watering, so your wall won’t need too much upkeep. To finish the wall off and truly turn it into a piece of art, they use the previously installed ribs to mount large metal letters spelling out the family’s last name. To do this, they simply drill through the metal first and then use a screw with a spacer to place the letters exactly where they were dry fit. This is an easy, fun way to create a living piece of art that’s personal, charming and will add life to any space.