Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

My teenage daughter, Sawyer, loves the boho style and we’ve been planning her bedroom design for a while now. It’s fun to look through Pinterest together and brainstorm different ideas. We’re still working out the various ways that plants will decorate her space, but we quickly decided to incorporate this easy DIY faux succulent wall art design. The design was inspired by Pottery Barn’s faux succulent wall art – because it’s so gorgeous.

A one-minute video is at the end of this post – it includes a helpful tip for creating your own easy DIY faux succulent wall art!

We quickly determined that we could create our own faux succulent wall art and pick out a wood crate that worked for our vision. We searched some vintage shops and found several crates that were great, but they were a little deep for what we envisioned.

Finally, we stumbled upon this tall and shallow wooden shadow box – and it didn’t have a price tag. Sawyer took the crate up to the front for a price check and of course they had to contact the vendor to find out. We made it through the rest of the store before we got an answer. We were so excited to find out it was just $20. The price for this unique vintage piece was in our budget and we were thrilled. Our design was coming together piece by piece.

For me, patience always pays off when I’m searching for a vintage piece. If I just wait for it and keep searching, I usually find what I’m after for the right price!

The wooden shadow box was in perfect condition and sturdy for being so low profile and vintage. We measured it and were thrilled to find out that the depth of our foam would fit perfectly and we’d only have to make side cuts to fit the foam in each of the three spaces. If this were a live succulent wall garden, we’d use oasis floral foam, cactus dirt, chicken wire, and moss, but these are faux succulents so we only used heavy duty floral foam and glue to hold them up in our arrangement.


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Supplies to create this easy DIY faux succulent wall art:

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Rustic wood crate or this wood crate
Rustic wood crate
Hardware hangers
Floral foam
Wood glue
Roll of sheet moss
Steel chopsticks
Glue gun and sticks
Pack of 14 succulents
Pack of 16 succulents
Pack of 18 succulents

Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

This DIY project is pretty easy to decipher just by looking at it, but here are the steps and a tip to save you time and frustration.

  1. Clean up and repair the wooden crate if necessary
  2. Attach picture hanging hardware to the back
  3. Cut floral foam to fit your crate
  4. Use wood glue to attach the foam inside the crate
    (Use books to keep the foam pressed down while the glue dries for about 24 hours)
  5. Fit and cut out the moss sheet to cover the foam
    (Do not glue down the moss sheet)
  6. Select a faux succulent and cut the stem shorter than the depth of the foam
  7. Poke a hole through the moss sheet and into the foam using a steel chopstick or screwdriver
    (Make sure the hole is the right size to fit each particular succulent stem)

    TIP: After you poke the hole, cut all four sides of the hole to make sure the thread backing on the sheet moss doesn’t get in your way when you install the succulent. See video below.
  8. Fill the hole with hot glue stick and immediately add the succulent stem (Continue steps 6-8 until you’re satisfied with your design)


    TIP: Start with the largest succulents first, then add the medium sized ones, and finally add the smallest ones to fill little spaces or tuck partially under the larger ones for a natural look.

That’s it, so easy and creative. If you make a mistake, this craft is very forgiving. You can pull out a glued-in faux succulent and fill the hole with some loose moss – no worries! Sawyer is thrilled with the final product and can’t wait to install it into her bedroom design. We are working on some additional DIY projects for her room and I can’t wait to share them with you! But until I get to those projects, check out these amazing boho-inspired DIY projects that are stunning in person!

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