Decorating with air plants is a popular trend and a great way to introduce the outdoors inside your home. Air plants are somewhat unique among plants since they do not need to be planted. In fact, they get all they need from the air and water – NO soil required, which leaves a large amount of options open for using them to decorate your indoor space.
Last week, I shared with you the different types of air plants along with their unique shapes along with how to care for them. Today, as promised, I’d like to share with you how you can use air plants to decorate your home or office or make gifts.
The interesting shape of air plants make them perfect for creating a centerpiece on the coffee or diningroom table, when nestled in an old piece of tree root. Wouldn’t this look great on your table? You don’t have to attach it the air plant, simply rest it on the wood, which makes it easier to remove periodically and soak in water.
Air plants are perhaps most popularly used in hanging glass terrariums, which add beauty near a window. Simply fill the terrarium with rocks, moss, etc and set your air plant inside – remember NO soil. Hang near a sunny window, but out of direct sun. Thereafter, simply take out the air plant to water it and then put it back – it doesn’t get much easier than that!
Do you collect pieces of driftwood? How about creating a natural artwork? Glue the driftwood to a wood backing and then simply glue your air plant to the wood – yes, you can glue air plants using a glue gun. Attach hanging hardware on the back and put up on your wall. You will have to spray the air plants with water at least 3 times a week instead of soaking them in water. We collected the driftwood earlier this summer on a trip to Lake Michigan and using it this way is a fun way to remember our trip!
I found an old, uprooted shrub last spring that had large, woody roots. I collected some of the roots and put them aside for a future project. It turned out that they were a perfect place to display air plants!
Wherever you use air plants indoors, it’s important to note that they will need water, a sunny window and temperatures that range from 45 – 90 degrees. For more information on how to grow air plants, click here.
While not typically found in your local nursery, air plants can be easily obtained. I’ve seen them in botanic garden gift shops and other specialty shops, BUT I usually buy mine online where I can find a large selection. Prices can range from $1 – 30 each usually the larger species are more expensive, like the xerographica pictured earlier. The air plant in the photo above cost $3. You can buy air plants through Amazon or other online vendors – simply enter the search term “air plants” and you will find a number of vendors where you can purchase them from.
I encourage you to try this DIY garden project. Growing air plants is fun and a great way to decorate your indoor space.