Do you love the look of a vine wall but are unsure you can maintain it? Are you not much of a green thumb? Or are you like me and just want to spruce up your apartment deck on a budget? If so, I’ve got the perfect faux DIY vine wall for you.
After seeing several really pretty vine walls along fences in people’s yards, I knew I wanted to recreate this look at our rental apartment. lovenida.com had one on her fence that I loved and I really wanted to recreate this look on our apartment back porch.
Price of DIY Vine Wall
I ended up making the entire faux vine wall under $30. And I’m so happy with how it turned out.
A faux vine wall is a great option for renters or homeowners and requires no upkeep once it’s done. I had mine up on our exterior wall on the porch until the day we moved out (about 11 months). Even through the rain, snow, and wind storms – It looked the exact same from day one.
Step 1: Make Measurements and Drill the Anchors for Your DIY Vine Wall
The first step is to measure out and create your diamond pattern. This pattern will later be the design of your vines so try to be as accurate as possible with your measurements.
First, create an “X” by taping a straight line diagonally from each top corner to the opposite bottom corner. I found the easiest way to make this diamond pattern was by using a measuring tape and painters tape to mark my spots. The painter’s tape will give you a better idea of how the faux vine will look once it’s entwined on the wall.
After taping my first pattern, this is a great way to get a good visualization of how it’s going to look on the entire wall. On mine, I noticed the greenery was off a little bit because the painter’s tape made that so visible for me to see. So I definitely recommend taping it off before nailing in your eye hooks.
After measuring out and taping the first “X,” you can create more X patterns based on the measurements of your wall. The best way to do this is to find the center points on the top, middle and bottom of your working space, and go off these measurements to continue your pattern.
Once you’ve got your final design taped and measured properly, it’s time to find your anchor points. Your anchor points will be where the tape crosses and makes an “X.” So the X’s are essentially your reference points on where to put the eye hooks. Your other anchor points will be every end piece of tape.
Once you’ve figured out where your anchor points will go, screw in a gold screw eye hook to each one. This will be where you attach your green floral wire in the next step.
Step 2: Attach the Green Floral Wire
For this step, you can use fishing line but I opted for green floral wire because it’s more sturdy and the color matched the faux vines perfectly.
Start at one end of the X’s you taped out and follow along the tape, tying the wire or line through each hook as you go. Eventually, you’ll have you’re wall mapped out and then you can go ahead and remove the tape.
Step 3: Entwine the Faux Green Vine
Now it’s time for the fun part – entwining the faux green vine! Just like the wire, you’ll start at one end of the wire and work your way all the way to the other end. Wrap the vine around the wire and make sure the wire is covered completely.
For better visual interest, you’ll want to make the vine appear thicker than thinner. So go ahead and add on another layer of vining to the wall the same way you did it the first time and this will help get as much coverage on there as possible.
As you’re entwining the faux vine to the wire, you’ll notice that there’s several small pieces and several long pieces. The small pieces can either be cut to size or you can use the remaining vine for more coverage.
Lastly, make sure all of the faux vining looks as even as possible. Otherwise, the end result could turn out a bit wonky.
This was such a fun little project that only took me about 1-2 hrs to make. Plus, it only cost me $28! This is the perfect way to spruce up. your outdoor space on budget. Not to mention, it’s also renter-friendly.
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