Do not be scared off by the power tools. Designer Ben Uyeda’s hanging garden shelves are actually easy to make (well, at least according to the video, which I’ve watchedâ€”transfixedâ€”at least eight times). Ben, who creates stylish (and affordable) modern furnishings from simple materials, posts step-by-step instructions on HomeMade Modern, where I spied this compact wall garden the other day.
Photography courtesy of HomeMade Modern.
Above: The small-space hanging wall garden holds 20 houseplants.
- 20 4-inch or 5-inch terra-cotta pots
- 5 pine boards, 3/4 thick and 3 feet long
- Clothesline or 1/4-inch-thick rope
- Cable ties
- Cordless drill
- 4-inch metal hole saw
- Circular saw
Above: Ben bought 6-foot-long boards and cut them in half (alternately, you can have them cut to size at the lumber yard or store where you buy them).
Above: After drilling pilot holes as guides, Ben cut holes for the pots using a hole saw. (Be sure to clamp the board to a work surface before drilling.)
Above: Next, Ben drilled four holes in each board for the rope (using a 5/16-inch drill bit). He then threaded the rope through the holes, tying knots on the underside of the bottom board to hold them in place.
Above: Ben added several zip ties beneath each board to hold the rope in place.
Above: Ben spaced the shelves far enough apart to leave room for the plants to grow (just a little). To catch any water that drains from the pots, he recommends using small glass bottles suspended by wire.
Above: Make sure you hang the garden shelves from hooks that can support the weight. Ben recommends using a wooden closet rod and closet shelf brackets.
For more small-space hanging gardens, see DIY: A Living Wall for the Office, Lazy Person’s Edition and DIY: Instant Hanging Shelves for Houseplants.