An Easy Way to Give Your Walls Some Life
Staghorn Fern Wall Hanging
One of the things that has always drawn us to the staghorn fern is that it can stand alone with its unique architecturally-shaped leaf. Singular in a container, hanging from a tree, or mounted on a board, the stag horn fern becomes a piece of art wherever it is placed. They are an underutilized plant—some may even say old-school! We love using them in interior and exterior spaces.
When the opportunity came up to collaborate with Southbound Brewery, the staghorn fern felt like the perfect plant to bring into a brewery. It’s simple and somewhat masculine in look. We called up our friends at Sons of Sawdust, and they brought us some amazing wood. Beer + Staghorn Fern + Beautiful Wood = A good time had by everyone!
Take your fern out of its grow pot (ferns do not need to be in soil once they are mature) and shake off the excess dirt. Place the fern in a good spot on the board. Center would be more traditional, much like a trophy mount, or you can get funky and place one up at the top and one at the bottom.
Pick a material to hold the fern in place on the board. Common options are burlap or moss (mood or sheet). We chose to use the actual grain bags from Southbound. You will want this material to be breathable.
Wrap the material around the base of the fern, allowing the fronds to hang down and leaving the shield exposed.
Step Four & Fern Care
Using the grain bags or burlap, you can then tuck the bag under the fern; and using a staple gun, staple it to the board. If you are using moss, we recommend using a string (in this case, we used colorful string!). Start with one point to hold it down, and staple it to the board. Don't forget to create a knot to ensure the string stays in place. Then criss-cross in a simple or funky pattern, stapling in at each point it hits the board. Once you get to the top, knot it off again and your fern is secured to the board!
Take Care of Your Wall Hanging
Staghorn ferns are tropical and need bright light, but not direct sun. If keeping inside, make sure you place it in the brightest spot in your house, but out of direct sun. If keeping it outside, find a bright (but indirect) spot. Common locations are on a wall with southern or eastern exposure. Artificial light does not work!
Give it a light water with a spray bottle or mist from your hose. You may also soak the root ball (remember to let it drip dry before putting back in place inside). When it’s hot, water your fern weekly. In the cooler months, every other week is good. Remember the more light your fern gets, the more water it will need. Staghorn ferns do not like to be over watered! Bring stag horn ferns inside when temperature drops below 45-50 degrees.