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DIY Outdoor Wall Planter with Vertical Garden Pots (With Free Plans)

Looking to add more character to your backyard or curb appeal to your front yard? Build an outdoor wall planter for vertical garden pots! This easy woodworking project turns out SO good!

Thank you to Kreg for sponsoring this DIY outdoor wall planter! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

We’ve got BIG plans for this backyard and we’re hoping to be able to completely redo the whole outdoor space this Summer & Fall. (UPDATE: See how the backyard makeover turned out here!)

To really get our minds right and ready for a backyard makeover, we’re starting with a super simple woodworking project to add more character to the backyard. We built an outdoor plant wall with vertical garden pots!  And it turned out SOOOOOO good, guys! 

Once the whole backyard is done, this will fit in perfectly with what we have planned…but for now, with a yard full of dirt and weeds…which is a great way to keep up the motivation to keep working! 

shows a drill drilling in a screw into a vertical standing wood held in place by a Kreg K5 pocket hole system

Kreg Pocket Hole System

We incorporated pocket hole joinery into this easy project, which is one of the easiest ways to join wooden boards in woodworking projects. We have Kreg’s K5 Master System and LOVE it. It’s a hidden weapon for beginning woodworkers! 

I’ve got a whole post & video that breaks down how to use the Kreg K5 pocket hole system that you can check out there!

UPDATE: In 2021 Kreg replaced the K5 Pocket Hole system with the Kreg 720 Pro. Check out our guide all about the new Kreg 720Pro to learn more.

For this fun DIY (and SUPER EASY) woodworking project, we teamed up with our friends Kreg again to create the vertical planter plans and share them online for free, which are now available on!

If you’re wondering, Kreg Tools’ website is full of easy-to-follow woodworking plans that are all available for free! I promise that you are going to find so much inspiration while you are there!

Vertical wall planter – video tutorial

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DIY Outdoor Wall Planter – step-by-step tutorial

Step 1. Cut wood to size

Using miter saw to cut pressure treated wood at an angle

Step 2. Drill pocket holes

Drill two pocket holes at both ends of each slat.
  • Drill two pocket holes on each end of every slat.
  • On one top and one bottom slat, drill five pocket holes across the wood board horizontally for attaching to the frame.

Step 3. Assemble

Attach slats evenly to one side, leaving a 1/4
  • Attach slats evenly to one side of the frame with a roughly 1/4″ gap between each.
  • Add the top and bottom frame pieces, then attach the other side.
  • Secure mitered corners of the frame with two screws in each outside corner.

Step 4. Sand

A person sands the wood.
  • Lightly sand the entire structure with an orbital sander.
  • Start with 80 grit for uneven areas, progressing to 150 grit.

Step 5. Prime

Apply primer using a paint roller
  • Roll primer onto the entire structure.
  • We used a tinted gray primer since we were painting it dark. 

Step 6. Paint with sprayer

A woman is using a paint sprayer to paint the wood outside the house.

Step 7. Add hooks for planters

Photo of a hook and the plant pot on it
  • Mark spaces for nine planters evenly on the plant wall.
  • Attach planter pot hooks in the marked spaces.

Step 8. Add succulents in planters

Two succulents in terracotta pots.
  • Use terra cotta planters with cactus soil, Perlite, and succulent rock mix for proper drainage.

Step 9. Hang plant wall up

Steel rods in brick exterior to hang vertical plant wall on house
  • If your exterior is brick, drill two angled holes at the correct height.
  • Insert steel rods and secure with 100% silicone.
  • Hang the plant wall directly onto the steel rods.
Here's an easy tutorial that shows you how to make a hanging planter wall that can hold up to 9 terra cotta planters

What type of wood should you use for this DIY outdoor wall planter?

For this outdoor plant wall, we used mostly pressure-treated cedar wood, which is perfect for outdoor DIYs. Cedar has a natural resistance to decay and insects, which makes it able to withstand harsh outdoor elements and stay strong over time.

By using pressure-treated lumber, we’re adding even more protection to the wood against decay and bugs. Learn more about types of wood for woodworking in this article. 

If you don’t want to mess around with building something new wood, you could also probably do something similar using a wooden pallet! Just hang the old pallet on the outdoor wall and attach pots to the wooden planks. 

Small terra cotta planters hanging on a wooden planter wall

SOOOO good, right? I told you!

a up close picture of a succulent in a terracotta pot hanging on a black wooden planter wall

How should you finish the DIY outdoor plant wall?

To finish the plant wall, we used black exterior paint. I love the contrast the terracotta plant pots have against that black paint.

But if you were craving a pop of color, feel free to use something more colorful! To put the paint on the wood wall planter, we turned to our paint sprayer. 

The best thing about using the paint sprayer is that you’ll be able to get the paint in between the slats easily and in all of the nooks and crannies. It is really the easiest way to get the best look when painting something like this. Check out the full tutorial and learn all of our outdoor painting tips

This hanging planter wall looks great with rows of terracotta planters

I’m in LOVE with our little DIY outdoor wall planter!

How should you fill your outdoor wall planter?

For now, we decided to fill it with mini succulents, which are the perfect easy-maintenance plants that don’t need much attention.

Succulents are perfect even if you don’t have a green thumb! To care for them, I give them a little water about 1x per week (maybe a little more often when it is really hot outside). 

If you didn’t want to use succulents in your pots and you’re craving fresh herbs all Summer long, you could also use this as a vertical herb garden!

Just be sure you get some herbs that do well in pots and keep in mind that you’ll need to manually water the herbs often (probably 1x day during the summer months) if you don’t want to install an irrigation system. Each terra cotta pot has drainage holes in the bottom so the water just runs out the bottom. 

If you use different plants (like herbs or really any of your other favorite plants), you’ll also want to make sure that your DIY outdoor wall planter also is installed in a place where the terracotta pots will get plenty of sunshine! 

Are you working with limited space? No worries! If you’ve always wanted to have a garden, but you’re stuck with small spaces – this easy DIY project is a pretty simple way to get into vertical gardening! This would be perfect if you lived in a small apartment with a balcony that didn’t have much floor space!

Learn how to make this easy hanging planter wall for your backyard to use as a vertical garden

How do you hang terracotta pots up on the wall planter?

One of the coolest things that I found to use in this little wall garden is the clips to hold each clay pot. The pot holders simply screw into place on the wood and the pots simply slide in and rest on the clip.

They are super strong and can hold up to 50 lbs! The clay pot clips come in a pack of 4, so for our DIY outdoor wall planter with 9 spots, I had to buy 3 packs, which meant you would have extra plant hooks if you built yours the same way!

You can use the extra clips elsewhere in your backyard to hang more pots up on cedar fence pickets or cedar posts, trees, porch posts, and more! 

A close up image shows how these terracotta pots are attached to the hanging planter wall with clips

How much did it cost to build this planter wall?

Note: these costs are, of course, subject to change and may be different in your region. For reference, we built this in April 2020.

Here’s a full cost breakdown for you:

2×4 Pressure Treated Lumber (4 at $4.88) – $19.52

2×6 Pressure Treated Lumber (6 at $7.27) – $43.62

Exterior Paint – $19.48

Perlite – $4.97

Cactus Soil – $4.97

Succulent Rock Mix – $21.95

Terra Cotta Pots (9 at $1.47) – $13.23

Pot Holders – $21.99

Mini Succulents – $32.99

**Already hand on hand: primer, 4 inch paint roller & tray, paint sprayer, sandpaper, pocket hole screws and all tools required **


And for just the plant wall & wall planter pots, but not filling the pots (if you have something else in mind to plant, like edible plants) it’s only $117.84

This DIY outdoor wall planter has a simple design and it was seriously SO so easy to build! The best part is that we’ve made it even easier for you because we’re giving away the free plan that you can follow along with the step-by-step instructions. 

I was able to build this DIY outdoor wall planter entirely by myself without Logan’s help, so I’m feeling pretty proud. But that also means that you can do this too!

Even if you’re a beginner when it comes to woodworking with not much experience with power tools – you can do this! 

Free woodworking plans! How to make an outdoor hanging planter wall with easy woodworking plans.

Other Outdoor Garden Ideas

This outdoor plant wall is not the only way you can incorporate a garden or plants in your backyard! Check out these other DIY projects for your outdoor garden and planters!

How To Build A DIY Outdoor Wall Planter

How To Build A DIY Outdoor Wall Planter

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Looking to add more character to your backyard or curb appeal to your front yard? Build a wall for vertical garden pots! This easy woodworking project turns out SO good!



  1. Cut wood.
  2. Drill pocket holes.
  3. Assemble plant wall.
  4. Sand lightly.
  5. Prime.
  6. Paint.
  7. Add planter hooks.
  8. Plant succulents.
  9. Hang plant wall.

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