tuned in tuesday :: DIY Plant Shelf
Plants are a major passion of mine. They make rooms feel more inviting and airy. Some indoor houseplants can even purify the air! I own over 20 indoor houseplants. Tending to them is not only therapeutic, but also a great way to decorate the home.
When people come into my space, one of the most common questions I get is, "Where do you get all your plants?" The answer is, everywhere! You can get indoor houseplants at pretty much any hardware store. There are also entire nurseries where there are tons of specialty varieties. Nurseries are great because the staff is usually passionate and informative on all the different plants. If you do a little research, Craigslist is also a fantastic place to find free, or highly discounted mature plants. When people move, they can't always take their beloved plants with them for the journey. Adopting plants from Craigslist or garage sales is a great way to get a bargain.
The three photos above were taken from Pinterest as inspiration for the plant shelf instillation I made for the office at my work. I had a $100 budget, so I knew I wasn't going to be able to afford mature plants like the ones pictured above, but with a little sunlight and indoor plant food, you can get the smallest plants to mature in no time.
Buying a floating shelf is super easy. I see them all the time at every single thrift store. If you want to have it delivered and have a larger budget, do a little research online. Click here for a ton of different options. Make sure you know where your shelf is going to be located before buying plants. You want to know what kind of lighting the shelf will have so you can buy the correct plants. Some plants thrive in the shade and others need a little but of sunlight everyday.
Another thing to keep in mind is the length and width of your shelf. Make sure to measure this before you take off on your shopping expedition. Bring the dimensions and a tape measure with you while you shop. This will help with making sure your potted plants will fit on your shelf.
This sheet is a perfect reference when you're shopping. All of these plants are available at every nursery and they are ridiculously easy to care for.
In order to remember how to tend for each plant you purchase, don't forget to snap a picture of the name and care instructions. Most nurseries have this information on hand. If you buy your plant from a source that doesn't have care instructions, make sure to get the name of the plant so you can Google the instructions.
During the plant purchasing process be sure to keep in mind the location of your shelf. You want to purchase plants that have care instructions that fit with the amount of lighting your shelf will receive.
Baby Rubber Plants love the shade, but don't mind a little sunlight. They require watering about once or twice a week and are one of the easiest plants.
After you choose all of your plants, you will need to buy pots and potting soil for them as well. They come in plastic pots, but you can buy nice pots for pretty cheap at the nursery or thrift store. If you're looking for more unique pots, Etsy is a great resource.
Once you're at the nursery buying pots, the tape measure comes in handy. You want to make sure that all the larger, terra cotta pots will fit on your floating shelf.
All these plants, potting soil, and terra cotta pots cost me about $75. If your budget is smaller, you can slowly build your plant shelf. This giant bag of potting soil only cost $10. One tiny house plant is $5 and up to $15 for a mature one. The terra cotta pots range from $3-$10.
Make sure that you have a towel or a box to place your plants in if you are worried about getting your car dirty!
Before you begin repotting your houseplants, make sure you lineup the plants with the pots to see where each one will have their permanent home.
I don't have an "after" picture of the plants on the shelf. If I had a larger budget I would have gotten more unique pots as well as more mature plants. I think this is a great way to make your home or office more visually appealing.
I hope that this inspires you to create your own plant shelf or add more plants into your life. If you have any questions on plant maintenance or this tutorial, holla at me!
Thanks for reading. xx Ray