How to Make Wood Mounted Planters (Living Wall Art) for ferns, hoyas, and other epiphytes!

How to Make Wood Mounted Planters (Living Wall Art) for ferns, hoyas, and other epiphytes!


hey everybody Eric with MountainModernLife.com and it’s official spring has arrived which means that we’re gonna be
adding more greenery to the inside of our RV now if you’re familiar with
living in a tiny space you’re probably well aware of the fact that there’s not
always a ton of surface area to be putting potted plants well that’s why
today we’re going to be creating a wall-mounted planter where we use one of
these plants here to attach it to our piece of wood and then hang it
vertically now if you’ve ever come across the living wall art where the
plants are hanging on the wall but there’s no soil or anywhere that they’re
actually potted they’re more just against a piece of wood with a little
bit of moss you may have asked yourself how’s that possible or at least I know
that I did and it’s possible because they’re air plants but generally when I
think of air plants I think of these types while air plants are actually
called epiphytes and there’s over 22,000 different varieties out there and what
makes them different is they actually gain their moisture in nutrients via the
air rather than from the soil and so if you find them in nature you’ll
generally see them growing on the side of a tree trunk or a branch or a rock
and one of the most popular ones is the staghorn fern but there’s also a variety
of different cacti orchids and other ferns out there and here we have a few
options as well we have our Hoyo here these two are both those and then we
have our heart firm and then one of my favorite the Crocodylus and then to be
honest with you I can never remember the name of this one but it’s also an
epiphyte so while they gain their nutrients and moisture from the air
they’re also very good purifying plans but anyway now that you have a better
idea of what type of plant you can use for this specific wall-mounted planter
let’s go ahead and dive into the materials you’re going to need you’ll need an epiphyte plant we’re
going with our Crocodylus next she’ll need some wood if you’re looking to save
on some weight you can use cork bark or driftwood we’re going to be using
Cypress driftwood next some sphagnum Moss we are using preserved sheet moss
right now we have it in water making it damp we’ll talk more about that in a
minute then you’re gonna need a hammer with some nails some a pair of scissors
a pencil some hanging hardware now the twine is optional depending on
how you want to use the hanging hardware then a container of water a circle
object that you’ll be able to trace onto the wood and last but not least some
fishing line step number one is going ahead and attaching your hanging
hardware now the main reason you want to do this is because once your plants
attached it’s going to be a lot more difficult so here we have our hanging
hardware we have our twine our piece of wood and the material that I forgot to
include in the materials list a screwdriver which you can use if your
hanging hardware requires screwdriver or if it’s with nails you can just use your
hammer but anyway let’s go ahead and get these attached now that we have those attached we’ll go
ahead and attach our twine now for now we’re gonna go ahead and
leave this extra and leave it attached that way once we get to the wall we can
go ahead and see how high and how low we want this and we can adjust it and then
do the final trimming up at the end but that’s it for step number one step
number two is to go ahead and use your circular object in order to trace your
circle now the size of your circular object is going to depend on how big
your plan is how much moss you’re going to use and how big your wood is so this
is what we’re going to use and then as far as the positioning on the board you
can kind of choose wherever but the circles kind of the template for where
your roots and moss is going to go so for us specifically we’re going to go a
little bit lower on the board all righty and there is our circle on to
the next step step number three is to go ahead and add your nails now what we’re
going to use is we’re gonna use our circle here as an outline for where to
place them and you can kind of use whatever you think is necessary for your
plant I’m gonna put eight nails in here I think that’s definitely overkill but
yeah that’s what we’re going with so let’s get these in so true confession as
you just saw when I was putting in my first nail it actually created a slice
and an entire piece of wood it broke in half well anyway we went ahead and
doctored the piece of wood back up and that was because we wanted to continue
on and show you guys what the nails are for and what we’re basically going to be
doing is using our fishing line at in order to secure the plant roots and the
moss to the front of our piece of wood however if you’re using a piece of
driftwood or cork bark and you feel like it’s just a little too fragile for the
nails once we get to this step where we’re using the fishing line and the
nails to secure it we’ll also show you a way to secure the plant roots and the
moss without using the nails that way you can completely avoid hammering into
your wood if you’re concerned with it breaking but anyway let’s move on step number four is going to be
attaching the fishing line to the top nail here if you would like you can save
this until after the next steps I just wanted to go ahead and get this attached
so that once my plant roots and moss is in position I don’t have to worry about
where that stuff is in order to get my fishing line attached go ahead and tie
it off twice it’s good to go under step number five which is to go ahead and
remove your plant from the potted device that it’s located in and then once
you’ve done that this is what we’re gonna use the water form we’re actually
going to remove the dirt from the roots now it’s not important to get all the
dirt removed just quite a bit of it so it’ll fit on your wood now that the majority of that’s removed
we’ll go ahead and set our plant on the wood step number six is going to be
adding the moss to the roots of your plant now you can see here ours is
soaking in water and what you’re going to want to do is squeeze it out so that
it’s damp and then once you got it to a damp sand the dampness that you like you
can go ahead and start spreading it around the roots of your plan step number seven is to go ahead and add
the fishing line now as you can see here our nails are actually still showing but
what we’re gonna do is do a couple rounds of the fishing line to get it
somewhat secure and then we’ll come back through and cover up the nails with more
Moss and then re secure all of that so what I’ll do is I’ll start here with my
fishing line at the top and I’ll take it down to the bottom nail I’ll loop it
around make sure that it’s nice and tight and then loop it back up to the
top again in order to secure a v-shape around the moss in the roots now that
I’ve got my fishing line wrapped all the way around and back to the top I’m gonna
grab my scissors cut it off and then tie it tight Oh No if you wanted to try to avoid this step
of having to cover the nails up you could try using a darker colored screw
or nail we didn’t so right now I’m gonna go ahead and try to take some of this
Moss to squeeze it underneath the existing fishing line I have in place
and if necessary I will come back through and add more fishing line in
order to secure it alright here we are and for this version
I’m actually going to use I hooks instead of the hanging hardware there those are and now that we’re going
to be skipping the nails this time we’ll go ahead and actually skip the circle
part as well and then we’ll move on to going ahead and getting our first line
fishing line attached to the board which will write a wrap around and then secure
with a couple knots now that the fishing lines all tied off
we’ll go ahead and snip the end and then we’ll flip our board over and take our
fishing line and wrap it around leaving it generally loose on the top and we’ll
go ahead and wrap it around probably a total of about three times now what
we’re doing here is we’re leaving a little bit of looseness on the top so
that we can go ahead and slide our plant roots and moss underneath the fishing
line that’s already secured to the board and in order to do that I will go ahead
and reach over here and grab my plant and then my container of water will
remove it from the device that’s holding it and clean the dirt off of the roots now that most of the dirts been removed
from our roots we’ll go ahead and bring it over here and slide our roots
underneath the loose fishing line on top of our wood now that that’s under there we can go
ahead and grab our moss and then we’ll want to squeeze the water out and then
we can take the moss and slide it underneath the loose fishing line on top
of the roots of our plan now that we have that in place we’ll
pull our other end time to spread the line across the moss so with this one we want to add moss
that goes all the way across the bottom so we’re going to go ahead and add a
little bit more you wouldn’t necessarily have to do this it’s kind of up to you and voila here’s our wall-mounted
planters and we’re absolutely thrilled with them over here we have the one that
we use just the fishing line no nails turned out pretty good on the side you
can see a little bit of the fishing line which you could probably cover up with
moss if you wanted if you are going to take this approach though I would
suggest doing it with someone else just to make it a little bit easier to
tighten down the line now over here is the one we use the nails with I like
this approach better it was just a little bit easier a little bit quicker
and I like the finished product as well now one thing to keep in mind here is
that if you are going to be using a cork bark or driftwood sometimes it can be a
little bit fragile so you might want to be careful with the nails or take this
other approach over here now Katie and I don’t lie about having green thumbs
because we don’t we like to learn as much as we can and try to improve on it
so if you’re looking for any resources or other information definitely check
the description box we’ll have links to everywhere we look to learn everything
that we could and then also if you’re not in the mood to make your own but you
do like the way they look we’ll put a couple links that lead to people who
make these and sell them just in case you’re looking for that and then also
last thing make sure to check back in the description box again we are going
to be putting a link to the post that we’re gonna write over on the website so
you can check that out but anyway we hope this video was helpful for you guys
if you have any questions or comments definitely feel free to leave them below
or visit us over at the website and don’t forget to subscribe and we’ll see
you again soon airplane is actually called a epiphyte
epiphyte here in front of us we actually have a couple different varieties as
well we have our kuia x’ Hoyas who have our Hoyas I’m sorry I’ve been messing
that up all day but anyway these two are Hoya’s what is it whoo yeah boy wait
what sounds like boy oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy yeah oh yeah oh yeah why I
was doing frying time and one of my favorites the Crocodylus and then over
here we have our hula what are they called
oh yes oh yeah here we have a couple versions we have our who was oh yeah oh
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9 thoughts on “How to Make Wood Mounted Planters (Living Wall Art) for ferns, hoyas, and other epiphytes!

  1. I was wondering how easy it was to make these. It look very doable.thank you for sharing this with us!

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