Countdown to Christmas with a DIY Vertical Garden

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour


Make this Christmas countdown vertical garden in six easy steps. It’s a fun way to celebrate with kids as you anticipate the most wonderful time of the year. This Christmas decoration works well in large or small spaces inside your home, and you could even hang it on the porch!

Just add fresh plants in the wall pockets each day as you countdown the final twelve days to Christmas. Likewise, you could also use it for the 12 Days of Christmas starting on Dec. 25.

Step 1

Cut the stencils.

Open the stencil package and cut apart each number. Make sure you cut carefully between each stencil and leave enough space around each number.

Step 2

Tape the stencils.

Lay out your wall pockets and tape the stencils 1 through 9 on top of each pocket. You’ll have to wipe and reuse stencils for numbers 10, 11 and 12.

Step 3

Paint the numbers.

Using a foam paint brush, carefully paint the stencil numbers onto the wall pockets. We used Modern Masters paint in Tequila Gold for our example.

Repeat the process of taping and painting for 10, 11 and then 12, reusing the numbers and wiping the paint away between uses to avoid smears. 

Step 4

Hang the wall pocket garden.

Measure the pocket garden and mark on your wall where you plan to hang the garden. Add four nails, picture hanging hooks or you adhesive hooks along those marks.

Cut four pieces of ribbon at 8 inches each. Insert and tie the ribbon pieces in the grommets of your wall pockets and hang your vertical garden with the ribbon. 

Tip: If you choose to use adhesive hooks (such as Command Strips), take note of their maximum weight load. Remember that the weight of this project will increase as the countdown continues and every time you water.

Step 5

Add a bow.

Attach either a pre-made bow or create your own with Christmas ribbon and attach. You could also add string lights and ornaments around your vertical garden for a decorative touch.

Step 6

Insert plants inside the wall pockets.

Arrange your succulents, cacti, mini poinsettias or Christmas cactus inside the vertical garden wall pockets. If you discover that your chosen plants are too short to be seen over the edge of the pockets, then you can add enough dirt in each pocket to help lift the plant higher.

Add candy canes, nutcrackers and other decorative touches to personalize your project.


Step 7

Now you’re ready to countdown to Christmas with this easy DIY wall pocket vertical garden. 


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