Take Your Gardening Vertical with 14 DIY Living Walls
While there are a lot of things you could hang on your walls, we’re loving the living wall trend. Plants (literally!) bring life to your walls and freshen up a room. We’ve seen great examples of them both as indoor art and as part of a garden. Whether you pick up materials at the hardware store, repurpose items from around your house or put together ready-to-plant pieces, we’ll give you some ideas on how to liven up your walls and get your vertical garden growing.
2. Small Space Pallet Garden: Filling a pallet with plants allows you to grow vertically, which is perfect for a balcony garden or small yard. To avoid mounting hardware on your wall, just lean your pallet against it. (via Apartment Therapy)
5. Succulent Letter DIY: Today’s project is brought to you by the letter H. Buying a frame that’s already shaped like your initial means you can put together a living letter in just 30 minutes! (via House + Fig)
6. Mason Jar Wall Planter: Of course you can get pesto in a jar, but how about growing pesto ingredients IN a jar? This wall-mounted kitchen planter would be great for keeping your favorite herbs close at hand. (via Not Just a Housewife)
7. Urbio Urban Vertical Garden ($75): Don’t want to start your project from scratch? Urbio components give you a jump start. Then you just arrange your living wall any way you want it.
9. Vertical Succulent Garden DIY Panel: This gorgeous outdoor living wall by plant artist extraordinaire Flora Grubb (that’s seriously her real name) uses panels to hold plants and soil in place. You can combine the square panels to customize the size and shape of your wall. (via Flora Grubb Gardens)
14. Seasonal Vertical Garden: For some serious living wall inspiration, check out this garden planted on the side of a Chicago home. It has a pattern that stays the same throughout the year, while new plants reseed themselves and change with the season. (via Apartment Therapy)
Have you ever tried planting a living wall? Tell us how it’s growing in the comments.
Getting the word out about your brand takes time, drive, and ingenuity. And it doesn't come easy for many entrepreneurs. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're chatting with Selfmade alum Taylor Morgan McPherson, founder of Sustainable Sparkle Bar, about ways in which she scored press as a solo startup brand and what she learned from Selfmade to take her brand marketing up a notch.
B + C: How did you know Sustainable Sparkle Bar was your business to start?
Glitter has always been my thing, so when I started my event company I decided to make it my niche. I started telling people I threw glitter-themed parties where people would get sparkled with glitter body art and makeup. Six months after that I applied to my first festival and to work with SUR restaurant in West Hollywood.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
I honestly can't say that I've had a specific strategy that I've followed when it comes to getting my business off the ground. I have a PR background so I was just constantly pitching new business and posting on social media.
B + C: What's the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?
I would say creating a stable income and revenue stream. With a seasonal, event-based business it can be very up and down.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
The relationships I made and the push to start an email database.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I love what I do and I believe in myself 100%. Staying motivated isn't the hard part. Pushing myself to do the work and staying accountable is the hard part.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip? Do you use any apps that help you manage your business?
I keep multiple to-do lists, hand-written and digital. I also tell clients and partners that I will have something to them by a certain time or day so I have to stick to it.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Just do it, take the leap. And don't worry about what anyone else says to thinks.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Issa Rae, I'm so inspired by everything that she's created being a creative and a black woman. It's my dream to have my own show one day based on my life and where I give advice and talk about the world. She's doing it and making people laugh and giving people joy. And it's based in LA. Watching Insecure only further cemented my dreams of wanting to live in LA.
B + C: How did you hear about the Office Depot scholarship?
One of my friends that I met through Camp No Counselors saw an IG ad for it and nominated me.
B + C: What has receiving the scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start/grow your business?
It's completely helped me level up and take my business to another level. Selfmade helped me host my first virtual event and taught me how to set up my website to sell tickets to events and get RSVPs.
B + C: How have Office Depot services or products helped you accomplish more in your business?
I got new cards to send in all of my orders with my discount code on them. I also bought a really cool 4K camera that I now use for my social media.
Let Office Depot OfficeMax help you stand out in the crowd. From signs, posters & banners to promote your business, to marketing materials to keep your customers informed, Office Depot OfficeMax offers a full suite of business services & solutions to help you & your business get noticed.
Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.