I have seen several great articles about how to mount a staghorn fern. So many of them are so well done that I actually am not going to recreate the wheel here. I will give you a little rundown of each one. Hopefully they will fill your head with some cool staghorn fern mounting ideas and then let you pick which method you want to try.
Erin over at gardenista.com has a great do it your self guide to mounting a staghorn on a wooden board. All you need for her method is some nails, some string, a board and of course the fern. It seems pretty easy although I am not sure what you would do as it gets bigger. A Satghorn fern can grow to some pretty serious sizes so I would think it would quickly grow past a small board. Also I am not a fan of just using moss to hold in the soil. Still it looks awesome.
Kimberly at apartment therapy has what is probably a more realistic mount for her fern. This is one of the better step by step plans that I have seen because she addresses how much of a mess it will make as well as a little about caring for the fern in its mount. She also recommends using fish emulsion as a fertilizer. Shameless plug if you are interested in fertilizers for your fern check out my review of the best damn fern fertilizers here (LINK).
If you want to see what a staghorn mounted on a shield would look like to make check out vintage revival’s how to staghorn fern mounting guide. I will be honest with you though, you may choose to go with their style but their how to part is a little lacking. Looks like they are more concerned with getting you to post to pinterest than make a fern. Seriously every pick pops up with the words “pin it baby” I mean really. They do show you a little after picture though where they pulled the plant off the mount and showed the back. It is interesting to see what the root system develops into.
The fresh exchange uses almost the same technique. It looks great as well though what are these people going to do when the plants grow.
Edenmakers has some good mounting ideas for you on their blog. They also continue with the wrapping in twine and moss theme but have some interesting mounts that really make you think about the possibilities with a staghorn.
Ultimately, I think it comes down to the décor in the room where you want to hang the plant. If you are a modern minimalist you don’t want to be hanging us an old rustic sea chest mounted plant. And if you are a cozy classic person you probably don’t want to go with vintage’s shield. Hands down though my favorite mount as well as a pretty guide has to go to the guys over at hoticult.com. They walk you through the purchase at the swap meet to constructing the boards to the mounting. They give tips on the proper angle to hang the ferns at (you don’t want limp fronds) and even some info about transplanting.