How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

Creating living wall art is so fun and easy, and the results are gorgeous. I’m so excited to show you how to plant a staghorn fern on a board. You can use any board or wooden material that you prefer as well as several types of ferns that naturally grow outward will work. Staghorn ferns naturally grow outward and are commonly found growing off of trees – so this position is natural and normal for this plant as well as some known others (my favorite is a birds nest fern – shown below). They also grow out of moss and don’t require a ton of sun. In fact, they prefer indirect sun and usually only need to be watered once a week during the warm months, less during cooler months.


How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

I can see this living wall art growing in popularity and becoming a beloved trend. Succulents are still popular mainly because they are so beautiful, easy to care for, and are fairly drought resistant. Staghorn ferns seem to be a more hearty plant as well and once you find a good spot for it and know the best watering schedule, they can grow quite large. If you love the look of this living wall art, but aren’t sure if you can do it yourself, just take one look at the price of buying one already mounted and you may change your mind. Mounted staghorn ferns can be quite pricey, but if you decide to DIY, it’s very affordable and so satisfying to create yourself, and the cost to mount this plant yourself can be minimal or up to around half the cost of buying one.


How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

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How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board – Templates:

I took my mounted staghorn fern wall art a little further by cutting my own wood plaques. You can buy wood plaques, use reclaimed wood, old fence wood, a wood slice, a cutting board, or any piece of wood that can be treated. The style and color are up to you and your preference. I decided to use raw birch plywood to cut my own shapes because that’s the wood I already had on hand. I also had a wood slice that I wanted to try as well. If you go the wood slice route, just be careful to not split the wood when you nail your nails and hanging hardware. If you like my plaque shapes and want the same, you can download and print your own template. My plywood is just 1/2 inch thick and it cut so easily with my jigsaw.

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How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board – Step by step:

I made a short video to show you how to plant a staghorn fern on a board. I hope it’s valuable for you hands-on learners, but here are the steps to help as well:

  1. Treat the front of your board with safe linseed oil and beeswax by Tried & True (to prevent water from soaking through and not exposing plant to toxins)
  2. Treat the back on your board with polyurethane (to prevent water from soaking through)
  3. Once the board is treated and dry, soak a few handfuls of the Sphagnum moss in a bowl of water (this way it’s easy to shape and handle)
  4. Use the fern pot or a similar circular shape to trace onto the front, upper center, of the board. (this is the area the plant will go)
  5. Use tack nails (not longer than the thickness of your board) and hammer approximately eight nails around the circle at an angle.
  6. Once the nails are in, add the mounting hardware to the backside, or drill holes to add hanging wire (you can cover the hardware with painters tape)
  7. Take a long piece (about three feet) of fishing line and tie one end (double knot) to the bottom nail on the board
  8. Remove the staghorn fern (or bird’s nest fern, etc.) from the pot, remove excess dirt and some of the root ball to make it fit within the circle. To locate the top of the plant, look for a few leaf starting to sprout – that’s the top. If you don’t mount it topside up, the plant will adjust, so it’s not the end of the world.
  9. Grab bits of the moss (squeeze out excess water by hand or with a towel) and begin to shape the moss around the dirtball of the plant
  10. Once the plant is covered with moss and is shaped within the circle of nails – make sure there’s a little more moss to cover the nails and fluff out
  11. Take the tied off fishing line and carefully pull across to the opposite side of the plant and then wrap a loop or two around that nail. Zig zag back and forth across the plant keeping the fishing line tight enough to hold the plant, but not too tight to flatten it.
  12. Once the moss and plant and securely held by the fishing line, tie off the line with a double knot and cut off excess line. You can fluff the moss up to cover the line.
  13. Hold the board up to test the security of the line and then carefully clean bits of moss off from around the board.
  14. If you didn’t water your plant recently, add some water to the mossy plant ball and leave the board laying flat until the plant drinks up the water. Some people spritz their staghorn ferns and they know how much to spray. You can determine what method works best for you. Be sure to watch for wetness on your wall and take care to give your plant more time to drink before hanging it up, or add another layer of polyurethane to the backside.
  15. Then find a place to hang your living wall art – keep out of direct sunlight, but in a well lit space.

How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board – Video:


How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board – Already made for purchase:

Here are just a few already mounted staghorn ferns that you may purchase. There are a ton on Etsy in different sizes and on different shapes of wood too. These examples are all lovely and very inspirational, but I’m telling you that you can make your own for a fraction of the cost – and then you can show friends how to make them too!




How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

This living wall art can decorate your home inside or out. You can have just one or a collection. There are different types of plants that work well for mounting, you can do a little research to find the plant that you prefer. I am so in love with this look and I love how the wood plank and plant warm up a wall. I had both my staghorn ferns and the birds nest fern shipped from Amazon. All three plants arrived well packaged and in great health – you can rest assured that you will receive healthy nice plants (or Amazon Prime will take them back). Two of my plants had a bit of residue on the leaves so I just took a cotton ball with some coconut oil and cleaned them off. They were shiny for a few days, but now they look healthy and beautiful.


How to Plant a Staghorn Fern on a Board

Some YouTube videos talked about adding a piece of banana peel under the lower leaf to provide a natural fertilizer, but this will attract fruit flies and I believe these potted plants come in soil with some fertilizer already. You can always spritz a little plant food on the moss down the road. I hope this tutorial on how to plant a staghorn fern on a board was helpful and inspiring. It really is super easy and the results are gorgeous. You could even take a long board and plant three ferns spaced down it. The possibilities are endless, just be sure to have fun while you’re doing it. This mounted plant also makes a great gift idea for the plant-lover in your life. It’s so unique and fun, and helps to add plants to your wall art!

Will you create your own mounted staghorn fern? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to know where you’re going to hang it as well!


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Z Gallerie Inspired DIY Canvas Wall Art

Z Gallerie Inspired DIY Canvas Wall Art

If you love Z Gallerie or even modern art – you’re going to want to check out this awesome texture treatment and painting technique! This Z Gallerie inspired DIY canvas wall art can be done on any size of canvas and the painting can be whatever you want. I’m not an artist so I kept it simple and modern. My 40″x60″ canvas is huge and such a statement size! It was originally covered in fabric, then I decoupaged vintage book pages and ephemera onto it, and then I decided to embroider it. You guys, my embroidery idea was so exciting and I selected one of my favorite scriptures, but each letter took me an hour to embroider with yarn and after that hour I had a kink in my neck and very sore fingers. If you watch my video about this Z Gallerie inspired DIY canvas wall art, you’ll get to see what the canvas looked like with my start of embroidered words. I couldn’t ditch all of my hard work though, so I saved the verse at the bottom and stuck with the grey tones for my art!

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Once the canvas is prepped, you can add the spackling compound to add texture and depth to the canvas. The type of spackling compound you use actually matters. I selected Fast ‘N Final Lightweight Spackling Compound because it has silicone in it which allows it to flex with the canvas and not chip off, and it is very lightweight which is especially helpful for large canvas wall art. Then I simply used a spackling knife to apply it to the canvas. You can apply it as thickly or thinly as you want and in any direction that you want. I liked to smear it on in diagonal directions and then lightly wipe it in the other direction to slightly flatten the texture. I didn’t want the exact same texture everywhere, I wanted a good mix all over the canvas to add interest and look as natural as possible.

Use this spackle:

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Once the compound is dry, you can paint your new highly-textured surface! I used the easiest painting technique ever and when I began, I had no idea what I was going to create. I actually procrastinated this project because I didn’t have a clear vision – the large canvas was very overwhelming. But, I got the itch to paint so I just went for it. I started out with craft paint in black, brown, cream, grey, and olive and added warm water to thin in out. Then I used a foam brush to apply it, but that method was taking too long so I moved on to putting the watered-down paint directly onto my old rag. Once applied with the rag, I folded the rag over and used a dry part to essentially dry brush the paint around. The dry brush effect gave me the exact look I was after and it was very easy to control.

After working paint all around the border of my canvas, the idea to add a leaning cross came to mind and I just went with it. I love the simplicity of the design, and how the darker and lighter areas add depth and movement. I’m no artist, but I still enjoy painting now and then – it’s fun to create and experiment. The next day when the paint was dry, I added a simple frame using lattice boards and a brad nail gun. It’s not perfect and the wood isn’t treated, but I love the modern finished edge around the canvas and the warmth of the natural wood. Of coarse framing your canvas is completely optional, but if you’re interested in the details, check out my easy DIY canvas frame post.


Quick tips:

  • If your canvas doesn’t have a hanger, add one before you begin the spackling process.
  • If you have to use more than one container of spackling compound, make sure you use the same color.
  • If you can see parts of the canvas that you missed with the spackling compound and you want to start with a base color, you can spray paint the entire canvas and spackle after it dries.
  • The spackle dries quickly, so move fast, have fun, and don’t stress a perfect textured pattern.
  • Use painter’s tape to protect any area(s) you don’t want spackle.

The Z Gallerie inspired DIY canvas wall art was so fun to create and really easy. Leave me a comment if you’ve ever tried this technique or if you’re going to try it! If you like the new fall pieces I styled with the canvas wall art, you can shop this post below. I absolutely love the basket ottoman for style and function, and I’ve been wanting the wooden vases for quite a while now – they’re so versatile. If you have any questions about this DIY, just leave me a comment and I’ll respond asap. Thanks so much for checking out this post!

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Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

My teenage daughter, Sawyer, loves the boho style and we’ve been planning her bedroom design for a while now. It’s fun to look through Pinterest together and brainstorm different ideas. We’re still working out the various ways that plants will decorate her space, but we quickly decided to incorporate this easy DIY faux succulent wall art design. The design was inspired by Pottery Barn’s faux succulent wall art – because it’s so gorgeous.

A one-minute video is at the end of this post – it includes a helpful tip for creating your own easy DIY faux succulent wall art!

We quickly determined that we could create our own faux succulent wall art and pick out a wood crate that worked for our vision. We searched some vintage shops and found several crates that were great, but they were a little deep for what we envisioned.

Finally, we stumbled upon this tall and shallow wooden shadow box – and it didn’t have a price tag. Sawyer took the crate up to the front for a price check and of course they had to contact the vendor to find out. We made it through the rest of the store before we got an answer. We were so excited to find out it was just $20. The price for this unique vintage piece was in our budget and we were thrilled. Our design was coming together piece by piece.

For me, patience always pays off when I’m searching for a vintage piece. If I just wait for it and keep searching, I usually find what I’m after for the right price!

The wooden shadow box was in perfect condition and sturdy for being so low profile and vintage. We measured it and were thrilled to find out that the depth of our foam would fit perfectly and we’d only have to make side cuts to fit the foam in each of the three spaces. If this were a live succulent wall garden, we’d use oasis floral foam, cactus dirt, chicken wire, and moss, but these are faux succulents so we only used heavy duty floral foam and glue to hold them up in our arrangement.


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Supplies to create this easy DIY faux succulent wall art:

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Rustic wood crate or this wood crate
Rustic wood crate
Hardware hangers
Floral foam
Wood glue
Roll of sheet moss
Steel chopsticks
Glue gun and sticks
Pack of 14 succulents
Pack of 16 succulents
Pack of 18 succulents

Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

Easy DIY faux succulent wall art

This DIY project is pretty easy to decipher just by looking at it, but here are the steps and a tip to save you time and frustration.

  1. Clean up and repair the wooden crate if necessary
  2. Attach picture hanging hardware to the back
  3. Cut floral foam to fit your crate
  4. Use wood glue to attach the foam inside the crate
    (Use books to keep the foam pressed down while the glue dries for about 24 hours)
  5. Fit and cut out the moss sheet to cover the foam
    (Do not glue down the moss sheet)
  6. Select a faux succulent and cut the stem shorter than the depth of the foam
  7. Poke a hole through the moss sheet and into the foam using a steel chopstick or screwdriver
    (Make sure the hole is the right size to fit each particular succulent stem)

    TIP: After you poke the hole, cut all four sides of the hole to make sure the thread backing on the sheet moss doesn’t get in your way when you install the succulent. See video below.
  8. Fill the hole with hot glue stick and immediately add the succulent stem (Continue steps 6-8 until you’re satisfied with your design)


    TIP: Start with the largest succulents first, then add the medium sized ones, and finally add the smallest ones to fill little spaces or tuck partially under the larger ones for a natural look.

That’s it, so easy and creative. If you make a mistake, this craft is very forgiving. You can pull out a glued-in faux succulent and fill the hole with some loose moss – no worries! Sawyer is thrilled with the final product and can’t wait to install it into her bedroom design. We are working on some additional DIY projects for her room and I can’t wait to share them with you! But until I get to those projects, check out these amazing boho-inspired DIY projects that are stunning in person!