Plant Walls For Everyone
Plant walls can be made from a countless number of materials, and you could take inspiration from a variety of setups to create your own. With 25+ indoor plant wall ideas, you may be able to upcycle a myriad of objects in your house to build a lush plant wall in any room of your home.
- Hanging Baskets
- Mounted Planters
- PVC Board
- Glass Jars
- Wooden Pallets
- Curtain Rods
- Clothing Racks
- Copper Pipes
- Plastic Pipes
- Shoe Organizers
- Light Bulbs
- Soda Bottles
- Milk Crates
- Window Shutters
- Coffee Cups
- Embroidery Hoops
- Pot Cradles
- Tree Branches
To put these on a plant wall, installing hooks onto the ceiling to hang the planters on is a possible option. It is also a possibility to put a sturdy nail in the wall itself and hang your houseplants from there!
Be sure to know if it is safe to put hooks, nails, or screws into a certain part of your home.
Description: Like seen here, multiple planters can be hung by one another to create a wall of plants. You could also hang them at different heights to create a unique pattern on a wall.
2. Mounted Planters
Some people may find it beneficial to have their plants against the wall versus freely hanging from the wall or ceiling. I know my cats would have too good of a time batting at a hanging basket that sways when the summer breeze comes through the windows!
Description: This photo here shows only one style of mounted planter, yet you could find unique selections to fit your decor.
3. PVC Board
Most plant wall designs that cover an entire wall are made in this sort of fashion.
With PVC board, wood, screws, and a few other materials, plant walls could be all over your home!
Description: As time goes on, your plants will grow and could fill up the whole frame and more!
Shelves can be made of metal, wood, and even books! Like most materials that can be made into plant walls, there are endless ways to explore creativity. This also may give you the chance to place your plants by some of your favorite knick-knacks.
Description: The diversity of plants here could easily continue to grow and fill up more space on this wall because of a shelving setup.
Turning these into a planter could be a sustainable solution, and tire planters are also versatile because they can be converted into hanging planters as well.
Description: As seen here, tires can be decorated and mounted, with almost any plant being able to survive in this set up.
6. Glass Jars
Making a plant wall out of glass jars could be great as a propagation station. With glass, a lot of light will pass through, helping plants form roots.
Description: As seen here, you could either hang the jars on a structure or use something along the lines of Command Strips to place the glass on the wall.
7. Wooden Pallets
Wooden pallets can be found lying around for free in multiple places, so this could be an easy and basically free option for creating an entire plant wall.
You could buy epiphytic plants (like air plants, orchids, bromeliads) and let them hang around and take over the pallet!
Description: This home decorator decided to keep the pallet simple, and as shown here, you can allow trailing plants to fill up the plant wall space.
8. Curtain Rods
When the plant population at my house got to about 60 plants, my mom upgraded to hefty rods that could hold up to 12 kilograms! Now there is a hanging basket or two at every window.
If you want to create a plant wall, it may be helpful to start one on a wall that has a window.
Description: Hanging planters from a curtain rod on a window is ideal for photosynthesis and is also one step closer to possibly having your entire house wall covered in plants!
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9. Clothing Racks
If you are not able to or aren't looking to install plant holders onto your walls, this may be a nice alternative. Using this type of rack, you could move a plethora of plants around your home to complete a plant wall.
Description: This photo depicts how plants fit nicely on a clothing rack and the clothes could be put elsewhere so you could build a dense plant wall!
10. Copper Pipes
There are endless combinations of patterns and designs when using copper pipes, so it could be great if you have an awkward space that still needs to be filled on the plant wall.
Stick to resilient plants for this setup in case your plant is exposed to excess copper.
Description: As shown here, odd shapes and designs can be achieved with these pipes. You could also design the setup to where there is drainage collection for when you water your plants (recycling water!).
Whether you purchase it at the store or build it yourself, trellises could be a large portion of the plant wall, and in a few months, it could be completely overrun by gorgeous houseplants!
Description: Trellises can be bought to enhance home decor and provide plenty of room for creeping and climbing plants.
This setup, whether it be made of wood or metal, would be perfect for all the types of pothos my mom likes to care for. Climbing plants like ivy, pothos, morning glories, and some monsteras would thrive from having the rungs on the ladder and space to spread out.
Description: With types of ladders coming in all colors, adding one to your plant wall could accent your home and a variety of plants could enjoy the structure.
In this case, you could place propagation jars on the fridge through magneticity and propagate the mint or rosemary in your garden all summer long! Planters with magnets could be purchased or you could make them as a simple DIY project.
Description: Many places around a household have areas with metal surfaces that planters of any size could be stuck to.
14. Plastic Pipes
Like copper pipes, this material is effortless to find and is a fantastic way to prevent plastic from rotting in landfills.
Salad greens, herbs, succulents, and climbing plants are possible to have with this plant wall structure.
Description: Although this photo depicts a hanging pipe planter, there are hundreds of ways to use the pipes to make planters.
Between soda cans and canned food cans, I always find myself throwing away a significant number of cans. Luckily, they can make good planters, especially when hung or mounted on a wall.
Leaving the labels on some cans could maybe bring a fun aesthetic to a new plant wall, and succulents and foliage plants might be a nice fit for the planters.
Description: As seen here, air plants could make a painted soda can look marvelous, and this structure would be simple to hang on a wall. Plants could also be planted in the cans themselves versus cutting them.
Either placing the cloth planters on a plant shelf or hanging them from a clothing rack could work well. It would also be convenient for starting seedlings and propagations of viny plants.
Description: Being made of fabric, there could be endless, personalized designs to create a plant wall with.
17. Shoe Organizers
This plant wall arrangement is like a PVC board layout, for it has plenty of pockets for plants. Also, the shoe organizers lined with plastic could hold up well after a watering day.
This format for a plant wall could also be trouble-free to install, for the organizers are often built to be hung.
Description: This shoe holder here can hold over 20 plants, meaning you could fill an extensive amount of space with little cost and labor.
Baskets can be quite a broad category, leaving many options for the style of basket planters. Any type of woven basket sturdy enough to hold some soil could do the trick.
Thankfully, these planters are indoors, or else you would have birds picking them apart for their nests if they aren't woven tightly.
Description: This planter shown here is always popular for outdoor plants, yet it is one of many layouts that basket planters can come in that you could use indoors.
19. Light Bulbs
The tops can be screwed off the light bulbs and resistant plant-like spider plants or ivy could live comfortably on your plant wall in a used lightbulb. They could be attached to the wall by hanging them, putting them on a shelf, or using magnets.
Description: Referring to this photo, not only can lightbulbs be plant pots, but they can also be converted into mini terrariums!
If you want to use a bookcase or bookshelves to complete your plant wall, you could either have them built into your wall or have a tall, vertical bookcase that sits tight against your wall.
Description: Books and plants can go hand in hand, and if using this layout for your plant wall, be sure to keep your books dry when it is watering day!
21. Soda Bottles
Upcycling soda bottles is extremely sustainable, especially if you make an entire wall of planters with them!
Description: Soda bottles can be cut either horizontally or vertically depending on the style you desire and what amount of space you may want to fill up on the wall.
22. Milk Crates
When paired with plant shelves for a wall, milk crates could provide a lot of space for plants that grow vigorously like inch plants. You could line them with fabric, plastic, or place potted plants directly in the crates.
Description: As seen here, milk crates can quickly be converted into planters, and you could mount them on your wall or place them on a plant shelf or plant bookcase.
23. Window Shutters
Also great for upcycling, you could hang planters or air plants themselves all along with the shutters and mount the window shutter on your wall or simply place it against the wall.
Description: If the storm did a number on the shutter’s paint job, you could also have fun redecorating it.
24. Coffee Cups
With caffeine being one of the most consumed products in the world, you may have a few extra coffee cups lying around! If you love the look of coffee cups for a plant wall and don't drink coffee, these materials can also be found for very cheap at a thrift store or yard sale.
Description: Choosing this style to create a plant wall can allow you to either mount the cups on hooks or string them up to make them a hanging planter for your wall.
25. Embroidery Hoops
When using this material for plant walls, someone’s two favorite hobbies could be combined!
Any sized hoop could hold a planter for you to add to your plant wall collection.
Description: With embroidery hoops, superglue, and a way to mount the planters, you could make a planter for any size pot from this item to create an ideal plant wall structure.
One of the worst feelings may be ripping a hole in your favorite jeans! Next time this happens, maybe set the ruined jeans aside to upcycle them for a new plant wall!
Holes in jeans could be patched up and then the jeans could be made into a planter. They can be mounted on a wall, and it could take up a decent amount of your plant wall space if you have a lot of old, tattered jeans.
Description: This plant wall idea has an aesthetic of its own and could be an interesting conversation piece if you have your friends or family over for dinner!
The easier way to go about this would be to make a hanging structure for the bowl and plant a plant in it. Although, you could also drill drainage holes in the bottom of the bowl and make a hole on the side to make a terrarium.
Description: Fishbowls can be readily turned into hanging planters to continue filling a plant wall space.
28. Pot Cradles
This plant wall addition would be a swift fix to having a lot of potted plants, but not many ways to hang them. This invention allows for plants to be hung virtually anywhere. The material it is made of is also resilient and can come in an array of colors.
Description: These cradles can accommodate various plant sizes and its length can be adjusted.
Buckets can be found in the cleaning closet, the garage, basement, or several other places around the household. One day I needed a quick fix for my lemon balm plant, so I utilized a bucket I found in the plant shed to plant it and set it on a shelf on my plant wall!
Description: Whether it be a century-old pothos or some herb seedlings, there is a bucket for any plant, which then could be featured on a living wall.
30. Tree Branches
Where I'm from, my town is notorious for having savage winds. Therefore, after a storm, my yard is littered with giant, unusually durable sticks from the hemlock and sugar maple trees.
Some may find themselves in a similar situation – so as you're going through your yard and picking up the sticks after a good storm, save the strong ones for a plant wall!
Description: Guarantee that your branch of choice is durable enough for the desired pot size and that the branch is not infested with bugs.