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Cinder Block Succulent Planter Project

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.

Succulent PlanterI’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.

Succulent Wall
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.

Succulent Planter
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!

Cinder Block WallMore Succulents



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5 Responses to Cinder Block Succulent Planter Project

  1. Daniel says:

    I’m suddenly overcome with the urge to start a succulent collection.

  2. Jennifer Hatter says:

    You guys are so fun! I love it, too cool!

  3. jed says:

    Very nice! Now that you have filled that one up, time to start on your next one!!!

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