DIY: Christmas stocking scenery

Botanical artwork for the fireplace

There's nothing more festive than hanging out the stockings on Christmas eve, and preparing the mince pie and glass of sherry for Father Christmas. Make this ritual picture-perfect by creating a beautiful plant wall for your stockings, that would make even Santa stop and stare.


A fireplance is the perfect spot for this festive plant installation, if you're lucky enough to have one in your home, but wherever you choose to hang your stockings will work just as well.

You will need

  • A wooden trellis with a grid for hanging plants on; we opted for black
  • Different plants in unusual colours and shapes. Our choices include: velvet plant, begonia foliage, Anthurium, Ctenanthe burle-marxii, orchid, Dendodrium Sa Nook Purple, Fittonia mosaic pink forest flame, Monolena primulflora and peperomia.

How to make it

Step 1. Get inspired in the local garden centre and pick up a whole range of plants that go well together. Look for different types of leaf and shape, but also complementary size. To give you a guide, we used 15 different plants for our backdrop.

Step 2. Find a handyman who can make a wooden trellis for you, or do it yourself. Once the frame is finished, spray it in your choice of colour. We opted for black, because it blends nicely with our interior. On the back make a grid out of wire or chicken wire that you can hang or suspend pots from.

Step 3. Don’t forget to water the plants before placing them in the botanical painting. Position them and move them around until you’re happy with the finished product. If you find it lacks colour, a light Anthurium can provide sparkle amidst the greenery.

Step 4. Position your plant wall on the mantelpiece and admire the finished result. With a pile of presents under the tree and a well-filled stocking hanging by the plant installation, your living room will be transformed into a botanical spectacle on Christmas morning.  

We can't wait to see your picture-perfect plant art creations in use on Christmas morning. Share them with us on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #thejoyofplants.