DIY: a green backdrop for your Christmas stocking

Botanical artwork in the fireplace

Are you lucky enough to have a fireplace in your home? That’s the perfect spot for this unusual backdrop made of stunning plants. But anywhere else in the home will work just as well, of course.


You will need

  • A wooden frame; we opted for black
  • A grid at the back of the frame that you can hang pots from
  • Different plants in unusual colours and shapes. Our choices include: velvet plant, foliage begonia, Anthurium, Ctenanthe burle-marxii, orchid, Dendodrium Sa Nook Purple, Fittonia mosaic pink forest flame, Monolena primulflora and peperomia.

How to make it

Step 1. Go slightly crazy in the local garden centre. Pick a whole range of plants that go well together. Look for different types of leaf and shape, but also size. At least 15 plants in the same pot size have been used for the backdrop in the example.

Step 2. Find a handyman who can make a wooden frame 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 into this 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. Too little colour? A colourful, light Anthurium can provide some sparkle amidst all the greenery.

Step 4. Place your green backdrop on the mantelpiece. Wow! With a pile of presents on one side and a well-filled stocking hanging below it, the chimney breast is transformed into a botanical spectacle. An Instagrammable spectacle, without doubt.

Hey Picasso, will you share your botanical artwork with us? We will see it on Facebook or Instagram if you share it with the hashtag #thejoyofplants. We can't wait!