Easy Outdoor Wall Decor

Vertical Herb Garden

Hi Friends!  I wanted to share with you some of the outdoor wall decor that I chose to use in my Deck Refresh, which I revealed last month.  What I relied on most for my outdoor wall decor was natural elements, in the form of hanging flower boxes, a vertical herb garden and metal/iron weather-proof decor.

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The Vertical Herb Garden:

Vertical Herb Garden

This project is something I’ve seen a lot of on Pinterest over the past few years, and can be done in so many unique ways, (See my friend Alaya’s, she turned her daughter’s old crib rail into a vertical garden!) however, I wanted to do it the most inexpensive way as possible.

Vertical Herb Garden

I grabbed 6 little potted herbs from my supermarket , some organic potting soil and these adorable little plastic planters from Family Dollar (Gasp!  I know! they were only a buck, so I went with it!)

When I first spotted these planters I knew I wanted to use them in my deck refresh, but I just wasn’t sure how.  Then I decided to get a little creative.  

Here’s what I did:

Vertical Herb Garden

1.) I drilled a hole in each plastic planter and poked holes through the bottom as well for drainage.

Vertical Herb Garden

2.) I then decided on placement, I knew I had this blank privacy panel wall to fill over one side of the bench seating, so I played around with some configurations, and once I decided, I drilled with a small drill bit, a tiny hole, and then screwed some outdoor “cup hooks” in by hand.

Vertical Herb Garden

Vertical Herb Garden

3.)  My original thought was that I would be able to hang the planters right on to the hook, but that was very bad planning.  Instead I looped a small piece of garden twine into the holes and tied a knot leaving just a small amount of slack, as I didn’t really want the loops visible.

Vertical Herb Garden

4.) Next, I hung the loops/planters onto the hooks. Problem solved! Other ways that you could accomplish this is to drill both sides of the planter and create a handle with the twine, then hang from the hooks, depending on the look you are going for.

Vertical Herb Garden

On another note, I wanted to share this little interesting tidbit with you. When my herbs begin to get unruly, specifically mint, basil and even oregano, I pinch them back (from the top) and place in a tiny shot glass on my window sill (so I remember to use them), But usually, they end up sprouting roots before I get a chance to use them all. So if you are interested in propagating your herbs, I would definitely try rooting them and then replanting so they don’t go to waste.

rooted basil

Spray Painted Wall Sconce:

Better Homes and Gardens Wall Sconce

I needed something for the adjacent wall.  I found this wall sconce at Walmart by Better Homes and Gardens.

I knew that it would need to be bright, vibrant color, but wasn’t sure which direction I was going to go in.

But my husband quickly made the decision for me ;).

Better Homes and Gardens Wall Sconce

He went ahead and primed and then painted the sconce “Eden” by Rustoleum, all while I held my breathe as he painted over the glass candle holders :/

Better Homes and Gardens Wall Sconce

(I’m still waiting for him to scrape the paint off of these bad boys, almost two months later).

Better Homes and Gardens Wall Sconce

But I have to say, I really love how the green pops against the dark fence.

Better Homes and Gardens Wall Sconce

Such an awesome contrast!  It also coordinates well with all the greenery in the space.

Better Homes and Gardens Wall Sconce

 For less than $50 I was able to transform my blank outdoor “walls” to make it feel more cozy and inviting!  So what do you think?  Do you use wall decor outdoors? I’d love to hear from you, leave me a message in the comments.

Easy Outdoor Wall Decor
If you’d like to see how I added window boxes to the back of our home, check out this post below:

If you missed our Deck Reveal, click the image below:

Thanks for stopping by my friends!  Until next time!




  1. Liah
    July 24, 2016 / 1:19 am

    I think this is so cool how you did this Carli, the different colors and how the planters are staggered, this is a really cute diy!

    • Carli A
      July 26, 2016 / 1:17 am

      Thanks Liah! It was pretty easy to accomplish too for just a little $$$

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