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Wall-Mounted Plant Shelves

Build and group these DIY plant shelves around a piece of furniture to turn houseplants into wall art.

Four wall-mounted plant shelves.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Miter saw or circular saw and straightedge
  • Drill, bit set, and countersink
  • Screwdrivers or driver bits
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • Level
  • Painter’s tape
  • 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper


  • 1 x 8 x 8 poplar board
  • 4 - 6-in terra-cotta pots
  • 4 - 5.25-in clay saucers
  • #8 x 2-in flathead wood screws
  • 1-1/2-in common nails
  • 2 large D-ring hangers, pack of 2, #264575
  • Valspar paint, quart, Gilded Linen, #6002-1A

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Assemble the Shelves

Step 1

Sand the entire 1 x 8 board with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper, and trim about 1/2 inch from each end. Then cut four pieces 17 inches long and four pieces 6-1/4 inches long.

Good to Know

Use a fine-tooth blade for making your cuts to minimize the amount of sanding required on the ends of the cut pieces.

Step 2

On the back face of a 17-inch board, measure up 3/8 inch from the bottom end and use a square to mark a line the width of the board. Mark the center of the line and 1 inch in from each edge. Drill three 1/8-inch countersunk pilot holes at the marks.

Step 3

Hold the front face of the shelf back against the end of a 6-1/4-inch board and extend the pilot holes into the shelf. Glue the drilled end of the board and screw the shelf back to the shelf. The heads of the screws should be flush with the back face of the board.

Step 4

After the glue dries, sand the bottom of the shelf back flush with the bottom face of the shelf. Then apply two coats of paint (Gilded Linen shown) to the entire shelf. After the final coat dries overnight, screw a large D-ring hanger centered on the back with the loop 2 inches from the top end.

Arrange Four Shelves on a Wall

Step 1

Decide how far apart and how high you want to install the plant shelves. Leave enough room for the height of the plants.

Step 2

Along the baseboard beneath where you’ll hang the shelves, place a marked piece of tape at what will be the center of the arrangement. Divide in half the distance between two shelves of the same height and mark those distances with tape on both sides of the center mark. Repeat for the next pair of shelves at a different height.

Step 3

Use a tape measure and level to measure up from the baseboard tape marks for the first pair of shelves. Mark the wall and drive an up-angled 1-1/2-inch common nail at the mark. Repeat for the other shelf of the same height and for the other two shelves of a different height. Hang the shelves and check the placement.

Good to Know

For a sturdier installation, use an electronic stud finder that will allow you to drive nails into wood studs instead of only drywall. Studs are commonly placed 16 inches apart (from center to center). Otherwise, use wall anchors rated to support at least 10 pounds.

Step 4

Staggered-height plant shelves can be used individually, in pairs, or to create a wall of plants.

In each terra-cotta pot, add potting soil mix and the plant of your choice. Place a pot on a saucer and center both on each shelf.