3 Easy Plant DIYs From Two Local Lush-Loving Ladies

[UPDATE: This story was originally published on August 27.]
The last time we attempted to foster a plant, it wasn’t pretty — let’s just say we may be the only people on earth able to kill a cactus (not kidding). And while we’re constantly ogling the pretty, plant-laden decor that fills our favorite local restaurants and boutiques, we aren’t so successful when recreating our own iterations … until now.
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We’ve tapped Leigh Okies and Allison Futeral, the adorable twosome behind dreamy Temescal Alley haven Crimson Horticultural Rarities, to show us how to whip up three, easy-as-pie plant DIY projects — charming vertical garden included! Trust, these ladies have the greenest thumbs we’ve seen yet (just take a peek into their flourishing shop and you’ll see how seriously they take the craft). So, if you're ready to get your urban jungle on in a cinch, let’s dig in, shall we?
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DIY #1: A Vertical Garden

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What you’ll need:
1. Vertical garden frame (old frame, chicken wire, and non-water soluable back)
2. Dishcloth
3. Cactus soil
4. Scissors
5. Paintbrush or terrarium gardening tool
6. Miscellaneous potted succulents (the smaller, the better!)

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Step 1: Start by filling the frame with the soil. As you put the soil in, tap the frame on a hard surface to pat soil down.

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Step 2: Take the end of the paintbrush or gardening tool and push excess soil down to avoid air pockets.

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Step 3: Take the succulent you wish to plant and clip the stem off.

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Step 4: Fill all grids with the clippings and pack tightly.

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Step 5: Push down lightly with the end of the paintbrush or gardening tool.

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Step 6: Clean up any messes with the dishcloth and then let the vertical garden sit (so that the plants can root) and lightly mist with water.

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Here we are — a vertical garden fit for your wall! Place near sunlight and water about once a week.

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DIY #2: A Creative Crate

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What you’ll need:
1. 2 to 3 medium-sized potted ferns
2. Preserved sheet moss
3. Potting soil
4. Vintage crate

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Step 1: Wet the moss so that it's moldable. Coat the crate with approximately an inch of moss.

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Step 2: Gently remove the plants from the pots. Squeeze the container until the plants loosen — then hold the base and shuffle out. Slowly break up the roots and prepare for planting.

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Step 3: Place plants in the crate and secure with potting soil.

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Now find a spot for this bad boy! Remember (if you use ferns), they don’t like tons of light and need to be watered frequently.

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DIY #3: A Plant Pocket

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What you’ll need:
1. Felt
2. Horticultural cloth
3. Industrial thread (water resistant)
4. Grommet kit (most can be purchased at local craft shops)
5. Miscellaneous potted plants
6. Potting soil
7. Scissors

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Step 1: Fold felt over, leaving about a half an inch of available space at the top. Pin the horticultural cloth inside and using an industrial-style thread, sew along the two sides.

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Step 2: After sewing, place the grommet base and tool on the right side of felt where you wish to create the holes. Pound down in one fell swoop (be careful!) and puncture felt with tools. Repeat on left side.

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Step 3: Place grommets in the newly made holes.

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Step 4: Take the hammer, grommet base, and grommet back and place felt in between — hammer together so that the grommet is now securely in the felt.

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Step 5: Place potting soil in the pocket.

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Step 6: Remove plants from pots and secure in the pocket, making sure the plants are turned forward.

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Seeing green! You now have yourself a stellar (and budget-friendly!) Woolly Pocket alternative.

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