DIY Gifts: Stag Horn Ferns

Stag Horn Ferns

When the work crew installed the new fence  (yes I know I still owe a post on the new fence) they uncovered several old boards that were buried in the ground.  The crew stacked the boards over on the side of the driveway and there they sat.  Honestly, I had completely forgotten about the boards until I decided to give Stag Horn ferns to a few individuals as gifts.  Stag Horn ferns are really incredible plants and exactly what I was looking to give to a few incredible people.

Stag Horn ferns are epiphytic, meaning they grow on other plants and pull water and nutrients from the air.  It is this behavior that makes them well suited to grow in hanging baskets or on wood planks.  I keep both in my house as Stag Horn ferns are one of my favorite ways to bring green into a room.  Here are a few pictures my current Stag Horn ferns.

Stag Horn Fern Inspiration

Stag Horn Ferns

Stag Horn Ferns

DIY Christmas Gifts: Stag Horn Ferns

Using the second one as my inspiration, here’s what I needed to complete this project:

Stag Horn Ferns

First step, I cut  the wood planks into 12 inch sections.

Stag Horn Ferns

As you can see from the above picture, the weather wood used in this project was very dirty, so before I moved forward I scrubbed the wood to get the dirt off.  Check out the wood’s character after I throughly cleaned it.

Stag Horn Ferns

Next, I drilled 4 pilot holes to make sure the wood did not crack when I drilled in the screws.  Tip: when deciding on the size of the pilot hole you want the drill bit to be the size of the screw without the threads.  I spaced each pilot hole 1 inch from the each side and 2.5 inches from the top or bottom.  Using the pilot holes, I drilled in the 4 screws in just enough to secure them.

Stag Horn Ferns

Stag Horn Ferns

Now for the fun part,  I took the Stag Horn fern out of the pot and knock off all the lose dirt.  I had to break up the root ball to knock off all the loose dirt.  I placed the fern in the center of the 4 screws and secured using the fishing line.  There is no real science to securing the fern, I just tied the fishing line around one of the screws and pulled the fishing line across the plant to the other screws.  I didn’t worry about pulling the fishing line completely taught.  Once I had the fern secured, I tucked in the moss to cover the dirt.

Stag Horn Fern DIY Success

Stag Horn Fern

Finally, I tightened the screws down which in turn pulled the fishing line taught.  Be careful with this step as depending the weight finishing line you could snap the line.  For the final touch, I used utility wire to create a hanging mechanism.

Stag Horn Fern

Stag Horn Fern

Beautiful, I can’t wait to give these as gifts.  I hope the recipients love them as much as I do.

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