What Materials Do We Need?
• Wooden crates from craft stores (Jo-Ann’s or Michaels), $4-$7 depending on size.
• Spray paint for wood with a glossy finish (I chose “Sunny Yellow” from Rust-Oleum company). • “Never Wet” waterproofing solution by Rust-Oleum. It’s a two-step solution designed to create a moisture repelling barrier on a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, aluminum and more. • Moist moss (as a planting medium/light-weight soil substitute). • Plastic chicken wire (this will keep the moss and plants from falling out). • Succulent plant cuttings. • Staple gun (for hanging on wall/vertical surface). • Screws (for hanging on wall/vertical surface). Step 1: Spray Paint
• Spray 1-2 coats of color paint, inside and out of planter boxes. Let dry.
Step 2: "Never Wet" Base Coat Application
• Shake “Never Wet” can vigorously for 1 minute (shake often during use).
• Spray base coat approximately 6-12 inches from the surface. • Spray 2 light coats (right to left, then up and down). • Wait 30 mins for coats to dry. • Spray paint and waterproofing solution 6-12 inches away from surface.
Step 3: “Never Wet” Top Coat Application
• After coating wood with "never wet," wait at least 30 minutes before exposing to water, 12 hours is ideal.
Step 4: Prepare Planter
• Staple chicken wire inside of crate.
• Fill tightly with wet moss. • Enclose the front of the crate with chicken wire. • You can use a small, coated wire to wrap around the plant stem if it’s too short to latch onto the moss. Don’t recommend hanging inside. Watering can wet your floors and walls.
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