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Building a Living Picture

By goldfinch4
June 9, 2012

How would you like to have a beautiful living picture in your garden or mounted on a wall outside of your home? It's a quick and easy project that you can do with just a few tools.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jun 8, 2012 6:53 PM CST

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I love this project. Thanks for the detailed instructions and illustrations.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 8, 2012 7:01 PM CST
Chris: What a wonderful idea ... absolutely gorgeous! I've got to try this project! I can picture maybe three different sizes of plant frames hanging on the side wall of my deck!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 8, 2012 7:08 PM CST

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I'm so impressed. You are so artistic and skilled, Chris!! Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational idea!
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Name: Ric Sanders
Dover, Pa. (Zone 6b)
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Eric4home
Jun 8, 2012 8:03 PM CST
What an interesting idea. Just love it.
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Name: Jonna
Mérida, Yucatán, México (Zone 13a)
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extranjera
Jun 8, 2012 8:07 PM CST
I love it too, and the directions were so clear and simple that I might even manage to do it. I'm excited to give it a try anyway. Thank you.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 8, 2012 10:53 PM CST
I never thought of doing a small one like this! All the ones I've seen have been very large, but this looks quite do-able! And it turned out so beautifully! Really lovely! Like painting with plants. Smiling
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 9, 2012 1:34 AM CST
Thank you so much. It really is an easy project that can be done in just a few hours. I'll try to post an updated picture later today - it's really filled in nice now.
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Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Jun 9, 2012 3:31 AM CST
Beautiful Chris! Thumbs up
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Jun 9, 2012 7:33 AM CST
What great instructions! I will try it if I can get someone to cut plywood for me.Thanks for the step by step.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 9, 2012 9:11 AM CST
For me it's a lot easier to follow instructions if I can see what's going on rather than just read about it. I hope lots of people try it. I'd love to see some photos of living pictures using plants other than sempervivum too.
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Jun 9, 2012 9:13 AM CST
What a great tutorial! Very nicely done! I would also mention that you can do the same sort of thing using pallets, or in my case, an old shutter. LOVE the vertical gardens!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 9, 2012 9:16 AM CST
Brenda, you should post a picture of your shutters here so we can all see some other creative ideas!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 9, 2012 9:20 AM CST
I've had two old shutters out in the shed for 25+ years and ever since I saw someones (maybe Brenda's?) photo's, I've wanted to go find them and try planting them up!! I just need to DO IT! Green Grin!
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 9, 2012 10:39 AM CST
Thumbs up Go for it Lin!!
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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Jun 9, 2012 2:54 PM CST
How fun!! I wonder what I could put in a frame that would go on my very shady wall... hmmmm.....
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 9, 2012 4:09 PM CST
Coleus? Smiling
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 9, 2012 4:13 PM CST
That would look nice. Thumbs up
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Name: Marylyn
Houston, TX (Zone 9a)
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Marylyn
Jun 9, 2012 4:28 PM CST
Coleus is a great idea! Thumbs up
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jun 9, 2012 4:33 PM CST
Don't know how well they do in your area, but there are SO many different colors, you could really do something neat with a bit of forethought!
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Name: Brenda
Dolores, Colorado
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bsavage
Jun 9, 2012 5:08 PM CST
I figured everyone had seen my shutter by now... it's been all over, LOL! Here it is:

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