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Mounting and Hanging a Staghorn Fern

DIY Staghorn Fern Mount
Staghorn ferns are epiphytes. They are native to the tropical forests of southeast Asia and Australia. They are essentially an air plant and can be mounted to a plaque and hung on the wall of your home. This is a page about mounting and hanging a staghorn fern.
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April 18, 2019

DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - mounted fern hanging on a wood fenceStaghorn ferns are a beautiful air purifying plant and with this DIY mount, it doubles as a nice piece of wall decor art. This is an easy to make mount that looks expensive, but can be made for fractions less than buying one online/retail stores.

Tip: Square wood pallet plaque purchased from Michael's reg. $4 (good deal already), but there are always 50% or 60% off coupons to score additional savings! I waited until I could get it for 60% off, so it was only $1.60!

I bought the staghorn plant at a local nursery for only $4.20 with a coupon.

Since I had some supplies already at home, this project cost me less than $6 to make compared to $40-50.

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Supplies:

  • square wood pallet
  • 12 lb. smooth casting fishing line
  • wire nails
  • hammer
  • staghorn fern
  • soil
  • sphagnum moss
  • pencil

Steps:

  1. Trace a circular object (bowl) in the center of a square wood pallet.
  2. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - wood pallet
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - bowl for tracing
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount traced circle on wood
     
  3. Hammer nails around the circle, I used 6 nails.
  4. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - hammer in nails spaced around the circle
     
  5. Lay some soil in the circle you just drew.
  6. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - lay some soil inside the circle
     
  7. Remove your staghorn fern from its pot, then loosen some of the roots and keep only some of its original soil.
  8. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - remove fern from the pot and loosen the roots
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - retain some of its soil
     
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  9. Grab a handful of sphagnum moss and hydrate in water.
  10. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - hydrate some moss in water
     
  11. Pack moss all around covering the soil.
  12. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - pack moss around the plant
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - cover all of the roots and soil
     
  13. It is time to secure fishing line to a nail and wrap all around to keep staghorn fern in place. Tie off the line and cut any excess. (Another string alternative: twine).
  14. DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - tie line to a nail
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - wrap all of the way around to secure fern to the mount
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount - wrapping around and across, tie off
     
    DIY Staghorn Fern Mount
     
  15. Ready to hang!
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