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When it comes to plant decor ideas, think strategically. It’s a universal truth that displaying any kind of collection can quickly make clutter if there is no intention. The same approach applies to houseplants. To get a balanced urban jungle aesthetic, emphasize depth and visual interest by taking your plant arrangements to new heights. Sure, larger plants may find spots on the floor, and smaller green babies can easily perch atop desks and shelves. But even more ingenious? Mount plants onto walls and other vertical surfaces. Some the best houseplant displays utilize wall-mounted planters.
Turn your plants into living wall art that will transform your home into something out of IG’s coveted green spaces. Here are three easy DIY wall-mounted plant decor ideas for common houseplants, including staghorn ferns and succulents.
For an artsy display that comes together, play with shape but keep the same color palette for unity.
Use different sizes and shapes of planters, while offering a sense of unity through the same color choice. “We used some trailing and upright plants in various shades of green to get that free-flowing, breezy look,” says Komal Garg, cofounder of Mumbai-based plant nursery and botanical design firm Plant People. Choose low-light plants to free up where you can place your wall planter gallery, Garg says, as your display will “start to look bad even if a few plants dry up or die.” Low-light plants like pothos or philodendron tend to do well here.
To make a gallery of plants in ceramic pots, you’ll need:
Choose your low-light plants to be placed in the planters. Garg used neon pothos for its lime-green hue and paired this trailing plant with the vine-like heart-shaped philodendron. She added in upright plants like dieffenbachia to vary the types of plants, which adds extra interest to the display.
When placing the potting soil into planters, be sure not to use too much. Doing so can add too much weight to the pots. Focus on having just enough soil for the plant, leaving about an inch of air space between the soil and top of the planter’s rim.
Decide on the plant gallery wall. Mark the spot for the screw then drill a hole for the wall anchor. Insert the anchor. Next, line up the planter’s hole with the anchor’s. Holding the planter against the anchor, twist in the screw until the planter is held snuggly against the wall.
Cedar boards give the staghorn fern plant a rustic vibe.
Los Angeles–based woodworker and content creator Lindsay Zuelich of Wood Brain wanted to add some greenery to her shed. “I cut down the cedar fencing boards into fun angles” to make the pieces standout even more (wall-mounted stag ferns typically come in simple square shapes). Mimic Zuelich’s pieces to foster some creative contrast in your wall display.
To make outdoor wall-mounted staghorn ferns, you’ll need:
Take the fencing board (Zuelich bought hers at Home Depot) and cut the board at varying angles. Optional: Once the boards were cut, Zuelich made and nailed French cleats to the backs of her wall hangings and to the shed. “French cleats are two pieces of wood cut at a 45 degree angle, then attached to either side of whatever you’re looking to hang,” she explains. “The French cleats make it easy to take the staghorn down to soak with water and then hang back up.” If going this route, a simple screw and D-ring picture hangers work well too.
Draw out a circle on the board. This is the place that will hold the staghorn fern and moss. Be sure that the circle has a radius at least 2½ inches larger than that of your plant. Otherwise, it can be as large as you like.
Using a hammer, pound in nails half way around the circumference of the circle, leaving around 1½-inches of space between the nails. The circle of nails will help support the fern. Place a thin layer of sphagnum moss inside the circle of nails—it should look like a little nest. Add the staghorn fern on top. Cover the soil with more moss, making sure the soil is covered with at least half an inch of moss. This step ensures the soil will not fall apart when the plant is wall-mounted in place.
Tie the fishing wire to one of the nails. Then string the fishing wire across the moss, looping around the nails, then back over the moss. The fishing wire net should reach the base of the staghorn fern plant. You’ll want to ensure the moss is securely packed, yet not too dense, since staghorn ferns are thirsty and you want the water to penetrate. Leaving no more than a quarter-inch of space between fishing wire lines should do the trick. Once you think the moss will stay in place, knot the fishing wire to a nail.
Build multiple wall-hanging wood planks to create a succulent gallery.
If you want a unique way to hang your succulents, look no further. Floral and botanical arts teacher Sylvia Rushing teaches workshops at The Makery in State College, Pennsylvania. “I just love inspiring people to bring plants and flowers into their lives in different forms,” she says. If you didn’t think a desert plant could hang from your wall, Rushing shows you how.
To make indoor wall-hanging plant holders, you’ll need:
Choose a wood board that is moisture resistant, as your succulent will need less moisture than other plants, and too much wetness can harm your succulent (and potentially leak through onto your wall). Attach the sawtooth hanger to the back of your wood board, aim for two inches from the top center.
Since succulents don’t have an extensive rooting system, you can create a small plot on the board by outlining a circle approximately an inch wider than the plant. Next, hammer in 6 to 10 nails to form a little fence. The nails should be at least 1½-inches apart from each other.
Take a small piece of sheet moss, place it inside the circle. Add your plant on top, then cover with potting soil and more sheet moss until fully covered.
Unlike other plants, succulents don’t need much water. To allow for a dryer environment, create a net of sorts. First, secure and knot the fishing wire to an anchor nail. Then, pull the fishing wire across one side of the moss-covered soil to a nail on the opposite side of the wood. Loop the fishing wire around that nail. Work your way in a crisscrossing motion from one side of the board to the next, pulling the wire around each nail as you go. Once the succulent and moss are secure, knot the fishing wire around the last nail.
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