Framed Ferns + Garden Link Party

July 25, 2011

Hello everyone, happy Monday, and I hope you’re all finding ways to stay cool in the sweltering July heat!  Today is the last of the Fair Weather Forum summer link parties, and the topic is ‘Gardening’.  I had big plans to build a planter and feature it today, but life got in the way, funny how that happens!  Maybe later, maybe next year, who knows!

Instead, I opted for a simple art project with a few stems from the one single fern growing in my yard.  My backyard gets mostly afternoon and evening sun, which is great for grapes but not so good for shade loving plants.  However, I do have one small fern plant tucked underneath our deck, and it thrives there year after year. 

I’m fixing up our guest space since we’re expecting a lot of visitors this upcoming tasting season, and I love bringing the outdoors inside.  I was looking for an inexpensive way to create some simple and unique wall art, so I decided to flatten and preserve some of those fern fronds from our garden, and frame them behind glass.

cg fern wall art


framed ferns


Simple Garden Art Project:  How to Frame Ferns

fern art steps

1) Gather ye fern fronds while ye may.  2)  Lay fronds between wax paper and press flat between large heavy books for 2-3 days.  3)  Lay flattened ferns on paper and affix to paper with a tiny bit of Mod Podge or craft glue, 4) display behind glass in frames.

If feeling extra crafty, make them look aged by using cream colored craft or tea stained papers, and stamping them with botanical Latin terms. 

fern art from side


fern art on wall cg

Sources: turquoise lamp from Lowe’s; white vase from Crate + Barrel; oak console table given to me by my parents which I primed and painted white; teal vase from Marshalls; wall color is Ben Moore’s ‘Camouflage’; hydrangeas from my garden. 

Before I forget, congrats to the two winners of the $75 Amazon Gift Card giveaway, sponsored by About One, #98 Kathleen Mughannam and #221 Michelle Peterson.  Winners, your gift cards are on their way, look for them in your inbox!

Now it’s your turn.  Have a garden related post you’d like to share?  Be sure to link it up today, can’t wait to see! 


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