These are the stag ferns we saw at the Portland Nursery on Division St. The largest one is probably about 3 1/2 feet tall.
Here are my mounting supplies. I used a wooden board similar to the one I cut in half for my indoor primrose display, a handful of green basket moss, an airy onion bag and of course my fern. I also used a staple gun, garden twine and picture frame mounting kit.
First I decorated my board. I cut off the "feet" that were on the board and then painted the background in brown and orange so that it would match the living room decor. At first I stained it a dark walnut hue and hand painted the Webster's definition of a stag fern on the board but I did not like the way my hand writing looked so I covered it up with craft paint. If you look closely you can still see where my writing was. Then, once the paint dried I put a few coats of polyurethane to seal it from moisture when I water the plant each week. After it dried I mounted my picture frame hook onto the back before attaching the fern.
Once the bag was in place I took the fern out of its container and placed it on the bag. Then I filled the area around the fern with more green moss to hide the rest of the red bag. To keep the fern and the moss in place I wrapped garden twine around the fern, mound and board to keep everything tight and from falling apart. Eventually the fern will grow a large frond shield that will grab onto the wood and anchor it there by itself.
To water the fern I simply take it off the wall and put it on the ground outside, water it with a watering can and let the wood air dry before hanging it on the wall again.
This was the perfect item to add to my living room collage. I am really close to finishing the whole collage and then I will post photos of how it looks with the stag fern added.