Obviously you will be filling your home with trees, baubles and extravagant quantities of festive kitsch this Christmas. But also take a different look at the plants. You may find that some of your botanical friends could easily work as antlers: green antlers with curling leaves - as seen in The Green Gallery #12. An added bonus is that you won’t be stared at reproachfully by brown doe eyes as you pour that extra drink.
CREATE YOUR OWN GREEN TROPHY
You can create your own green trophy in a trice after hunting for the most perfect Christmas accessory. And no, you don’t need to shoot a plant first. So it’s also good for wildlife and the environment - which is in keeping with the festive spirit. Fill a wooden wall or temporary indoor partition with your plants on planks, add some plastic deer heads and some other accessories if necessary. After all, it is the kitschest time of the year. No longer does a plant just need to be a plant!
YOU WILL NEED:
- A wooden partition or wall which can be transformed into a temporary festive antler wall.
- Some moss.
- Black and white paint.
- Antler-like plants, such as elkhorn fern or a Tillandsia.
- Screws, wire.
- Fold a sheet of paper double and draw a random shape on it. Cut it out, unfold it, trace onto the wood and saw out the shape.
- Paint the shape black.
- Screw the Tillandsia directly onto the wood. These plants get nutrients and water directly from the air with their aerial roots.
- Remove the elkhorn fern from its pot, wrap the rootball in moss and secure the moss with wire.
- Drill two holes in the wood and feed wire through them to secure the rootball.
- Hang up the deer heads.
- Use a spirit level to draw a frame around the display, and crudely outline it with white paint.
- Stick straight lines of washi tape on the inside of the ‘frame’.
- Regularly spray the elkhorn fern’s rootball with a plant spray to keep it moist. Tillandsia likes to be sprayed all over.