Easy DIY Living Wall Art

If you have ever wanted to make your own DIY living wall art from artificial plants, then you are in luck because I am pretty sure this has to be one of the easiest projects, and I just LOVE how it turned out. I was inspired to create these because I recently took down my faux living wall and I wanted to reuse as many of the faux plants as I could. I love the look of artificial plants around our house as green is one of my favorite colors and I just think it adds so much interest to any room.

As you can see, I created four panels of artificial greenery above our piano, but you could easily create just one or any number/size that fit your space. This project is super customizable and the panels end up being lightweight, so you could even hang them with command strips if you wanted to make this project renter-friendly. Here’s how I made this DIY living wall art.

-artificial greenery (I bought all of mine from JOANN when it was on sale, and thrifts are a great place to look too)
-stretched canvas, any size
-small scissors or an X-Acto knife
-paint + brush
-pipe cleaners

You’ll want the paint and pipe cleaners to be a similar color to your artificial plants. I made four green panels and four autumn-colored panels, so I can switch these out with the seasons as I just love to decorate for fall! Plus, I already had lots of autumn-colored faux plants I wanted to reuse as well.

Step One: Paint the canvas. This does NOT have to be perfect. The goal is just to make the canvas mostly covered, so if your plants allow a few peeks through it won’t show the canvas.

Step Two: Once the paint is completely dry, add the plants. I did this by poking small holes in the canvas and using pipe cleaners to attach the stems/vines. It made me think of when you open a package (like a children’s toy) and the item is twist-tied onto a piece of cardboard or plastic. That’s essentially what you are doing with the artificial plants.

That’s it! It’s seriously that simple. These did take a little while to complete. I started listening to the podcast Dolly Parton’s America while making these and it’s such an interesting series—highly recommend. Thanks for letting me share and happy crafting! xo. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Project assistance: Ethan Randolph. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I love this SO MUCH. I’m going to try this. I love it with faux plants. With real plants, either you’d ruin the canvas with misting/watering, or the plants would die. I’m always relieved when people whose taste I admire say they like fake plants, because I have them all over my house and they make me so happy!

  • Loved the green and then I saw the autumn version and gasped aloud! Love this mini take on your faux living wall.

  • Love this idea, so fun and versatile! Could you let me know where you got the hanging platform your cacti is on? I could use more and love that it is so simple looking!

    Thanks so much!

  • Such a lovely natural look! Thanks for sharing! ❤️✨

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Lovely DIY as usual, but I was really hoping this would be a DIY with real plants as I do not care for the faux variety.

  • i know it will most likely not be possible but could be see more pictures explaining step 2?? i LOVED the wall and have been thinking about it ever since and this scale finally makes this project doable for me…. i just would like to know how many holes to poke in the canvas… do we do one for each plant? will the canvas hold on with so many holes??? am reeeely excited to give this one a try!!!!!

  • I loved the idea of your living wall in theory, but knew it was too much for me. This is perfect. Your fall option is especially beautiful. Love it!

  • I love all of your DIYs but… this blog title is misleading! It made it seem like this was real living plants, not faux plants. I’d love to see something like this with real plants 🙂

    Thanks as always for providing creative ideas!!!

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