DIY Cotton Pocket Plant Wall

As easy way to turn a blank wall into a plant wall (:

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I am so excited to share this project with all of you! It really was a lot of fun because it was a project I felt like I was doing in collaboration with my instagram fam. At the same time, I felt a great sense of achievement being the one to stand on a ladder and drill each hole into the wall. Here's how it went down!

The Vision: I had this blank wall in our bathroom and I had these little cotton pockets that were big enough to hold 4 inch pots. I put the two together and decided I was going to create a plant wall! I knew there would be a lot of plants that would thrive on this wall because we have a skylight in our bathroom and it is naturally more humid. 

The Design: I knew I did not want to just do a grid of pockets, straight across, one on top of the other. I wanted to vary the length between each pocket, in a more unstructured design. I narrowed it down to two different patterns--the first you see here, I called it the flower-shape pattern. The other option was a diamond pattern. I had my instagram fam vote for their favorite design through a poll in my stories, and this was the winner! I was glad too, because my husband liked the flower shape more too(:

The Materials: A drill, picture hangers, cotton pockets (Daiso), post-its, 3-4" plants

The process: I started by using 4 inch post-its to give myself a feel for how the design looked. I would highly recommend doing this. In terms of measurements, I just picked a spot for the bottom pocket and then measured 12 inches above it for the next pocket. Sorry I did not find exact centers, but just tried to be consistent with the distances between pockets. Just keep in mind that the pockets hang, so you want the nail to be ~4inches higher than where you want the actual pocket to be.

Choosing Plants: I chose plants that thrive in bright-moderate light and high humidity (which is actually most of my plants). Still, I put the less demanding plants on the left side because it was further from the sky light. I put pickier plants that really thrive in bright light on the top right pocket. I decided to go with a variety of different shapes and sizes over an all-pothos wall or an all-hoya wall, just because I thought it would create a looser pattern. I think it did, as you don't immediately see a flower shape when you look at the wall. At least I don't...which is what I was going for! xD

Maintenance: I wrapped each pot in a paper towel before placing it into the cotton pockets to minimize staining the pocket with dirt or water marks. I chose plants that wouldn't need to be watered often, but when I do water, I take each pot out of the cotton pocket and allow them to drain by the sink before wrapping them again in a paper towel and placing them back into the pockets.