An indoor wall garden is even sweeter with a pretty green stain.

Enjoying pretty little plants can be a year-round pleasure with a custom-stained pallet indoor wall garden.

1 measure succulents indoor wall garden Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

The size of the succulents dictated the size of this indoor wall garden.

I’ve been a little obsessed with making projects from pallets and finding new ways to display succulents around my home. Those little bulbous plants are so perfect for a busy family lifestyle, as they don’t require much maintenance beyond watering. And they only like to be re-watered when their soil is dry.

As I was thinking about new excuses to incorporate succulents into my formal-farmhouse home decor, I landed on the idea of creating living wall art as an indoor wall garden. Vertical gardens can be any size and shape, which makes creating them so much fun. And a wall garden can be customized to the style of your home, just by changing the material, shape, and the stain color.

For this project, I immediately envisioned using a charming color that I’ve chosen before for our dining table makeover. I smile about the Antique Jade from the Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain collection every time I sit down to eat. After months of use, the joy still hasn’t faded into the background, and I suspect it never will.

Supplies for the indoor wall garden.

Succulents. Before I started on this DIY project, I ordered a collection of succulents from Amazon in 2-inch pots. The two inches became the measurement that dictated the rest of the project.

Pallet wood. We have been building a variety of projects with pallets over the past few months, so I was lucky to have a collection of cut-offs in our wood pile. Finding a pallet can be easy or tough, depending on where you live. Typically your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore has pallets.

Stain. I chose Minwax® Water Based Wood Stain in Antique Jade, and used a synthetic brush to apply the stain.

Tools. For this project I used a cordless miter saw (an oscillating tool with clamps also would work), tape measure, impact driver, pencil, square, oscillating tool for sanding (sandpaper works fine, too), and all-purpose glue.

How-to for the indoor wall garden.

2 measure pallet wood Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

The first step to this project is measuring the pieces.

2d measure pallet wood Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

After marking each triangle, I checked the hypotenuse of the triangle

3c cut pallet wood Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

Cutting each triangle is fairly easy on a miter saw, but it isn’t the only saw that can cut the pieces.

5 layout the pieces for the planter boxes Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

After cutting each piece, I lined them up to check that I cut everything I needed.

6 create the backer for the planter from pallet wood Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

The next part is creating the backer for the wall garden. We have a collection of small pieces of pallet wood, so it was a patchwork project fitting them all together. It would be much easier with longer boards.

7 sand the backer and pieces of wood Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

8 wipe clean pallet wood Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

9c measure Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

10 glue and screw pieces for planter boxes Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

11 check measurements as working Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

12c ready for stain Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

Theresa Minwax pallet planter

The first step in staining involves some Minwax® Water Based Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, which helps promote a uniform acceptance of stain. When working with pallet wood, I definitely recommend using a pre-stain. After the pre-stain is dry, which is about 15 minutes, lightly sand the finish before applying the stain.

13 first dip into stain antique jade Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

There’s something magical about opening a can of color. I chose Minwax® Based Wood Stain in Antique Jade. I always make sure to carefully dip the brush so not to get too much on the brush for the first few passes.

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The Cottage collection from Minwax® has a really sweet color palette of charming colors, perfect for a farmhouse style home.

14b brushing on stain Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

When staining wood, I like to go slow. Rushing a stain project can compromise a really good finish, and this stain will make the project last a very long time.

15 lining inside bottom of the planter boxes for water sealing Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art gorilla glue

I lined the bottom of each planter box with clear tape, so to add a bit of extra protection against water in the planter boxes.

The next step is sealing the stain with a protective finish. I recommend using Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish. It is ideal for sealing light-colored stains.

The next step is sealing the stain with a protective finish. I recommend using Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish. It is ideal for sealing light-colored stains.

16 planter wall art complete Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art After

My little wall garden makes me very happy. The stain elevates the look from feeling like a rustic pallet into a sweet little wall art that warms up the room.

 

16f Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

Filled with little succulents, the wall art is a little pop of bliss in my home. Enjoying succulents in a new way, I’m happy to have spent the afternoon creating this project for my family to enjoy year-round.

 

16d Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art 16b after Minwax Succulent Pallet Wood Wall Art

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