Ferns as Art

There’s no denying the timeless appeal of ferns, indoors and out.  Known for their bright green fronds and delicate stems, ferns are beloved by many for their fine texture and arching lacy stems.  Both verdant and elegant, they are an excellent choice for shady spots in your yard and make wonderful houseplants in pots or terrariums.


Ferns are tolerant plants and in the right growing conditions, make a wonderful house plant.  They add that touch of evergreen to your décor, and every space is a bit more inviting with a living thing on display.


Did you know that you can turn your garden fern fronds into art?  Yes, it’s true, I did it last summer!

It’s a simple process and easy DIY project that will take your favorite botanical right from the garden and place it on the wall as artwork.

1) Gather fern fronds from your yard or snip a few from your healthy houseplant  2) Lay fronds between wax paper and press flat between large heavy books for 2 to 3 days. 3) Lay flattened ferns on paper and affix to paper with a tiny bit of Mod Podge or craft glue, and 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.  As an alternative to framing the real thing, you can scan the fronds and frame them as prints for an equally attractive botanical display.

The next time you spy a fern in a nursery, consider bringing it indoors to not only add beauty to your home, but potentially to your walls too!

Happy decorating!

6 Responses to “ Ferns as Art ”

  1. I love botanicals of all sorts. I have ferns I pressed 8 years ago that still look great. If you get the UV resistant glass they will last a lot longer. I love the last picture!

  2. Thank you for this! I’ve always loved those beautiful fern prints, but didn’t know how to make them. This is definitely “pinned” and on my DIY list!

  3. Great tip on the UV resistant glass, great tip Laura!

  4. Beautiful! I did this a number of years ago with ferns collected on a vacation in Maine. They turned a reddish brown in the picture frames, but still look great. Do you suppose the UV glass would have prevented this?

  5. I made some a few years ago and love them! Mine too have discolored a bit but they just look more vintage.

  6. Don’t tell the cats, but I think I’m going to adopting a fern or two to come live with us!

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