I have to admit my girlfriend and I have a bad habit. One of our favorite pastimes is collecting succulents. Our habit has gotten so bad that we might become the stars of a strange new “Reality TV Show.” For example a few days before Valentine’s Day when every guy in a relationship is looking for a dozen roses I’m out shopping for a rare succulent. Believe me if I showed up with a dozen fresh cut red roses I would get a wired look with a sympathetic “oh, thanks babe.” She would way rather have nice a Kalanchoe Beharensis a.k.a. Felt Plant.
So, with an ever growing collection of succulents taking over the front and backyard it was time to figure out a way to show some of them off.
I’ve seen people use cinder blocks before as planters and I thought with a little glue (block adhesive) we could take this planter vertical. After all, I wanted this planter to house as many succulent as possible.
I wanted to use cinder blocks because I knew it would be inexpensive (total cost was under $60) and simple to make. Remember I am architectural photographer, not an engineer. Also, I new it would have a great modern feel to use the simple square lines of the cinder block. I love modern design but even “Design With In Reach” is out of reach for a young photographer building up a business.
After a few trips to Home Depot I started to stack up the blocks at this time I was not using any glue I just wanted to “play” with the blocks until I found the perfect shape. After a few different tries I settled on the layout you see now. I carefully took it apart and glued metal screens to the bottom of the blocks that would be holding dirt. Once the screens had bonded to the blocks I started to rebuild the wall, gluing all the blocks together.
All in all it was a fun project and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an inexpensive modern planter wall. This is a great weekend project, just take your time and always try to think ahead so you know what your next step will be. Best of luck!