How to build a living wall

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Warm up your outdoor oasis, add a living wall. To get started, download this blueprint ( and make your cuts according to the cutlist provided. You'll find that the Dremel Saw-Max makes cutting various lengths of material very easy.

You need
  • Dremel 150 1/8" Drill Bit
  • Hammer & Finishing Nails
  • Wood Glue
  • Drill Driver and Wood Screws
  • 8' lengths of 1"x4" Cedar Planks
  • 8' lengths of 1"x6" Cedar Planks
  • Potting Soil
  • 8' lengths of 1"x2" Cedar Planks
  • Plants for your Planter Boxes
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
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Step 1

Measure and cut wood with SM500 wood & plastic wheel

Start by cutting all of the pieces you'll need to complete your living wall, following the provided cut list. First, measure and mark your lengths of cedar planks. All of these cuts can be made using your Dremel Saw-Max tool equipped with the SM500 Wood & Plastic Wheel. Secure your material to your work bench, turn on your tool and cut along your marked lines. You'll notice how easy it is to make these one-handed cuts, easily following your marked lines through the notch at the front-end of the tool. Repeat this step for all of the materials on your cut list keeping them organized in separate piles.

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Step 2

Miter cut edges to add finishing touch

Once we cut all of our pieces, we decided to add some finishing touches to our living wall by miter cutting some of the edges. First, we miter cut the top frame piece of the trellis and planter box supports at a 45° angle. To do this, you will need your Saw-Max tool, a SM600 flush cutting blade and a miter guide. Place the miter guide flush against the cedar plank. Clamp the guide in place. Rest the Saw-Max against the guide as you begin cutting and move the tool smoothly through the material. Cut the opposite end of each support at an opposite 45 degree angle.

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Step 3

Miter cut front panel at 90 angel

Before assembling our planter boxes, we also miter cut the front edge of each side panel at a 90° angle to add a finished touch to them. Complete these cuts the same as you did in Step 2.

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Step 4

Glue together planter pieces

Now it is time to assemble your planter boxes. To do this we ran a bead of wood glue along each of the joints and then secured them with finishing nails. Repeat this step for all of your planter boxes.

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Step 5

Dremel 4200 in use for hole drilling

To assemble your trellis, first lay out all of the pieces front side down as shown on the provided blue print and mark your pre drill locations for each piece. We used the Dremel 4200 tool to pre-drill our holes, through which you'll screw each trellis piece into place. Secure your first trellis piece to your workbench and you are ready to pre-drill pilot holes. Insert a 150 drill bit into your Dremel 4200 tool. Set the tool to high speed and plunge into each mark. After you have pre-drilled all of your holes, lay your trellis pieces back out face down again and secure them with a drill driver and wood screws.

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Step 6

Drill together all planter boxes

Finally, secure each of your planter boxes to the trellis just resting on each support. Pre-drill holes along the backside of your trellis pieces through which you will secure your planter boxes. We used our drill driver and wood screws to complete the assembly. Now you are ready to secure your living wall into its desired location and plant whatever plants you like in each of your planter boxes.

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Step 7

Finished living wall with added lanterns

As a optional final finishing touch for our living wall, we added some of our Solar Lanterns that we completed a few projects ago. Simply add a picture hook to the back of your solar lantern and attach it to your living wall in any location you like.


To reduce the risk of injury user must read instruction manuals for all tools used in this project. Wear eye and respiratory protection. Use clamps to support work piece whenever practical.