Air plants are chic green décor items. If you know how to take care of air plants, they’ll take care of you. The indoor plants invigorate your home and office environments.
New plants are high maintenance, but air plants are low maintenance. The plant species do not require soil. We’ll show you how easy they are to take care of and how they add style to indoor spaces.
The tillandsia air plant is easy to care for. It doesn’t need soil to live and is a low-maintenance indoor plant. There are over 450 types of air plant species.
What Are Air Plants?
An air plant is the little cousin to the pineapple. Both share similar features and are members of the Bromeliad family. In the wild, air plants grow on shrubs, bushes, and rocks. They spend their early growth absorbing water from tree surfaces.
Drier regions you’ll find air plants. Their native habitats include Central and South America. In the US, the plant species thrive in Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.
Air plants rely on trees for daily sustenance. During the air plant life cycle, they only bloom only once. The blooming period is known as a bloom spike. Some bloom spikes last for a few months, while others last a week or two.
Stylish Air Plant Holders For 2022
The following air plant holders represent the latest in plant design and decor. We’ll show you the different varieties of holders and offer a few tips on how to care for the plants.
Single Terrarium Holder
An open glass terrarium is the best home for an indoor air plant. As a general rule,walk in tub in a humid environment. If you hang them too close to a ceiling they will eventually die. Baby air plants need just the right amount of water.
Geometric Air Plant Holder
Chic and futuristic DIY air plant holders are it. Create geo-shaped holders with shiny brass rods.
When you own air plants, take advantage of indirect light sources. If you own mother plants, make sure they can absorb nutrients from a separate tree source.
Air Plant Desk Stand
Air plant holders that look airborne create an adventuresome decor. Tie a floral wire to a wooden block for your base. Use a flexible wire and attach it to a boho block to match your modern desk.
Jellyfish Air Plant Holder
Air plant care couldn’t be any easier. New plants will require less water than other plant species. You’ll have a great time caring for the tillandsia genus. When they bloom, you’ll enjoy their beautiful bright colors.
In this example, hang the air plants upside down with jellyfish plant holders. Each holder has a circular base that hangs upside-down while the air plant points downward.
Air Plant Terrariums
A small terrarium is a chic way to display an air plant. It will need room to grow and plenty of air. Think of a plant the way you would a dog. A healthy dog will protect their home much better than an unhealthy one.
How To Hang Air Plants
Tillandsia are popular. Caring for an air plant is simple. And there are many stylish ways you can use them to decorate your home.
Whether you display them in a terrarium, hang them with a fishing line, or in a glass bowl, air plants always look nice.
Although there are many different types of air plants and lots of different species, the most common one is Tillandsia. This is the symbol of air plants everywhere, representing more than 600 other species.
Air plants grow in Spanish moss, ball moss, broad needle leaf, Bartram’s air plant, Chinese evergreen, peace lily, snake plant, and weeping fig.
Air plant care is easy for all species. The plants require three things: light, air circulation, and water. First, air plants like filtered natural light. You’ll need to protect them from direct sunlight. During colder months, the plant species enjoy direct sunlight.
Brass Ball Air Plant Holder
If you choose a terrarium, one side should be a screen mesh so air can circulate through it. The best temperature for air plants is 50-90 Fahrenheit.
Air Plant Lifecycle
When you first receive your air plant, soak it in distilled water for 30 minutes. You should water it every five days in dry conditions and every 10 days in humid environments.
For healthy growth, use fertilizer twice a month. Curled or rolled leaves are the sign of a dehydrated plant.
DIY Mini-Wall Hangers
The plants receive nutrients from the atmosphere and grow on other plants or structures for support. Unlike parasite plants, they don’t harm other plants while anchoring themselves to their hosts.
DIY Air Plant Wall Hangers
When air plants bloom, they make small pups. You can remove the buds when they’re around 1/3 or ½ the size of the mother plant. The mother plant will make way for her babies but leave a few more months or years.
DIY Air Plant Projects
Here are a few DIY air plant projects that will inspire your next makeover.
Simple DIY Hanger
Air plants can be displayed in different ways. A popular option is to hang them. You will need polymer clay, a rolling pin, and something to cut the clay,
Air Plant Copper Hangers
You can easily make these copper hangers yourself using pipes, string, and wire. Measure and cut the thin copper pipes and then cut the string to size. Insert the string through each pipe and connect these to form a triangle shape using wire.
Then attach three longer pieces of pipe for the top section and three smaller ones for the bottom.
These chic geometric air plant holders are made of coffee stirrers and wire. Their design is similar to that of the triangle copper hanger featured above.
After you cut the coffee stirrers to the desired length, cut wire and thread into four small pieces to form a square. Last, attach four larger pieces to the corners to make a pyramid-like shape.
Clay Hanging Planters
Clay hanging planters are fun and you can make them yourself however you want. Roll the clay and use a square cookie cutter to cut out a section. Cut that into two triangles. Use more clay to make a long rectangle.
Cut the triangle in half and then bend the rectangle along its edges. Put the other triangle on top to complete the form.
Macrame Air Plant Hanger
Perhaps you’d also like the look of these macrame air plant hangers. The containers are sections of plastic Easter eggs but you can improvise with this part. To make the hanger, use faux suede cording or something similar.
Hanging Glass Terrarium
The most popular option is this glass terrarium which you can hang with the fishing line. Inside the terrarium, you can put colored sand at the bottom, add pebbles, and put the air plant on top.
Hanging Brass Plant Holder
You can either put the air plant directly in this geometric holder or contain it in a planter. The inspiration comes from a traditional Finnish ornament made of straw or reeds. The holders are hung above dining tables.
Sphere Hanging Basket
The Sphere hanging baskets let you mix and match your air plants for a lush display. They come in four different sizes and they pair with custom-fitted liners.
The baskets are made of steel with a rust patina and they are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
DIY Papier-Mache Air Plant Pod
Make papier-mache bowls to display air plants using balloons, flour, newspaper, paint, and string. First, make the balloon as large as you want, depending on the size of the bowl. Mix flour and water and cut strips of newspaper.
Dip them into the mixture and cover the balloon, leaving out a section. Let it dry overnight. Then add another layer of newspaper strips and let it dry. Pop the balloon and then paint the pod and watch your room come to life.
Hanging Wall Planters
You can buy these chic hanging planters for both indoor and outdoor spaces. This is a set of three hanging planters available on Etsy. They measure around 3.5 inches in diameter with a 2.5 inches opening, and they’re handmade.
Copper Couplers Plant Holders
For cute baby air plants, try copper couplers as a display system. You’ll need a rail and hooks for that and these can be spray painted in any color you want. Drill two holes in each copper coupler and thread wire or twine through them to make a hanging loop.
Ceramic Plant Holder
A ceramic air plant holder which can feature a variety of different colors. Because each of these pods is handmade, that means each one has unique characteristics. The sisal rope gives them a lot of character.
Mini-Cone Plant Holders
These mini cones are both cute and stylish, showcasing air plants in an elegant way. Their vibrant glaze color is given by the finishing process. The planters are fired in gas reduction and no two looks the same. They’re small, measuring only 2”.
DIY Copper Planters
Copper fittings are for those who prefer an industrial look. The back panel on which the copper fittings are displayed is made of concrete. Cotton rope lets you hang it wherever you want.
If you want, you can make something yourself and you’ll a mold which can have any form you want.
DIY Glass Jar Planters
A simple and interesting handmade planter for air plants can come in the form of a glass jar. It’s the same idea when displaying candles. Wrap twine or cord around the mouth of the jar and then make a long strap that hangs from a tree.
Hanging Mason Jar Planters
You can hang the Mason jars with rope or twine and attach them to wall-mounted hooks. You can put some small pebbles at the bottom of the jar or you can decorate it with shells and other things.
Air plants don’t need soil so replace it with anything you want or nothing at all.
DIY Felted Wood Bowls
Although not designed for air plants, these felted wool bowls look beautiful. They look cozy and perfect for the colder months. Use them for cacti, aloe plants, or other species. They can be left empty and used for air plants as well.
Up-Cycled K-Cup Planters
Small buckets can be used as containers for air plants or regular plants. You can hang these with a rope or cord. You can paint or decorate them in many interesting ways. For example, cover them with rope or decorating paper.
Table Air Plant Stands
Because air plants don’t require soil, you can have a lot of fun displaying them in a stand. You can make this with a small block of wood, a piece of wire, and a drill.
Make a hole at the center of the cube. Loop the wire around something cylindrical and then insert the straight end into the hole.
3D Printed Lego Air Plant Holder
Air plants get their nutrients through leaves, not roots so you can replace the soil with pebbles. The container can be anything you want. It can be something as simple as a glass jar or as interesting as a 3D-printed pot.
You can decorate it with cute little Lego characters or some other ornaments.
Porcelain Air Plant Holders
You can even put them in vases and turn them into table centerpieces. This is a stylish collection of three faceted porcelain containers. One looks similar to a vase while the other two are pods designed for air plants.
The holders are handmade which makes each one unique.
DIY Triangle Air Plant Terrarium
If you’re looking for something rustic this triangle-shaped air plant terrarium would be a wonderful decor item. You can display it flat on a table or its side.
This example was designed for indoor use. The grain of the wood is different for each one and so does the color.
DIY Plant Cup Holders
You can get creative with air plants with a diverse collection. Use containers like glasses, teacups, dishes, and pods. The plants can have different forms, colors, or sizes and together make a cool display for a mantel or table.
DIY Bowl Plant Holders
Use air plants for a subtle touch of green on a console table or a desk. You can put a single air plant inside a glass bowl or terrarium. It can have small pebbles at the bottom.
Beads, sand, and other options can also look stylish and for a touch of color, you can also add a small ornament such as a tiny bird.
DIY Rock Plant Holder
Turn a rock into a pot for your air plant. You can keep the plant in place with a little bit of glue. The challenging part is selecting a rock. Once you find what you’re looking for, glue the air plant to it. You can use a hot glue gun, but wait a while for the glue to cool off.
DIY Air Plant Pots
These cute air plant pots are made from large wooden doll heads dipped in dye. It’s possible to find alternatives. For example, use large wooden beads instead and drill holes in each one making sure you don’t go all the way through.
You can then dip them in paint or stain. For a subtle and natural look, try using tea.
DIY Air Plant Centerpiece
An air plant centerpiece can be a very chic decoration for the dining table. The centerpiece can be made out of a repurposed wooden box. First, sand and paint the box or change its look however else you want.
Then put some river rocks inside and, in the end, insert the air plants to make a beautiful composition.
Tillandsia Garden Art
Use a terracotta star bowl into a cozy home for your air plants. In case you can find a wooden ball with star-shaped holes, you can improvise with a bowl or something else.
The main idea is to have a container with several small openings so you can put an air plant in each one.
DIY Marbled Air Plant Holder
You can also make your clay pots. Mix black and white clay for a marbled effect. Of course, any other two colors would also work just as well.
Combine the two colors and then roll the clay on a flat surface. Trace a circle in it and carve out a hole. Then give the piece any shape you want using an x-acto knife.
Air Plant Cube Stands
Given how versatile and low maintenance air plants are, desk stands can also be a solution. These stands are 6 inches tall and have a cube-shaped wooden base. The plants are held with a wire that forms a loop at the top.
You can use the stands individually or mix and match them to create a set.
Air Plant Rock Garden
An air plant rock garden would be very easy to make using a small dish and a bunch of river rocks. First, select a dish that you want to use for the project. Clean it and then put some river rocks or pebbles in it.
After that, add some decorative things like shells or ornaments and put the air plant in as well.
Stone Slab Plant Holder
Give your desk a zen look with an air plant display made up of stacked rocks. It’s really easy to make something similar to this particular design.
Take a few rocks, preferably flat and of increasingly small dimensions. Stack them and place a small air plant on top. You can play with them when you need to relax your mind or when you’re bored.
DIY Mini Succulent Plants
If you want to make clay pots, have fun designing them. To make pots that look like the ones in this example, use air-dry clay, small pots, a rolling pin, a craft knife, and spray varnish.
Roll out the clay and then wrap it around the pot. Trim the excess and smooth the edges with some water, and you’ll be set.
Pastel Plant Pots
Make air plant pods or buy them at a store. Unlike other plants, the air plant species measure 1.5 inches to 2 inches in diameter.
Because of their small size, air plant species are easy to hang on a wall. They don’t require direct sunlight and will thrive off of indirect sunlight.
You don’t have to worry about watering air plants, which makes the ideal for wall spaces. Plus, they don’t require soil, which means your walls won’t get dirty.
Create a gallery wall with two air plants and add more if the setting calls for it. Mark the spots on the wall where you want to place each one and then just them in place.
Triangle Plant Hangers
Wall-mounted air plant hangers add style to indoor spaces. The hangers are easy to make. All you need are square wooden dowels, suede lace, scissors, air plants, wire, and wire cutters.
Cut the dowels and wrap suede lace around the edges and make two knots. Hang this on the wall and then put an air plant on it.
Air Plant Frame
Air plants are perfect for building vertical miniature gardens for the walls. A simple idea is to use a frame and mesh wire.
Staple the mesh wire to the back of the frame and place the air plants through the openings.
Valentine’s Day Planters
Combine string art and air plants and you’ll have a wall art collage in no time at all. A Valentine’s Day theme with air plants is a low maintenance endeavor.
You can personalize each project with your choice of colors and the desired dimensions and shapes.
Pocket Plant Holders
A really simple project can be a leather pocket for an air plant. You could also use fabric for this. Each pocket can be made from a scrap piece of leather or fabric in three easy steps.
First, cut the leather into a square or rectangle shape. Second, fold one edge over the opposite side to create a triangle. Third, punch holes through both edges.
Thread a cord through the holes and tie the edges together. For the final step, punch a hole at the top and hang your leather pocket.
Magnet Plant Holders
Magnetic air plant holders make for great refrigerator display items. Use Easter egg containers and split them in two, so one half of an egg is used per flower.
Paint the plastic eggs and attach magnets to each one with glue. Put a tiny air plant in each container stick it on your refrigerator or magnet board.
String art and air plants sometimes go hand in hand. Use the technique to make some unique decorations. This project starts with a few simple things such as a wooden board, some colored string, small nails and a hammer.
Outline the desired design on the wooden board and then hammer nails along the lines. After that, start wrapping string starting from a corner. When you’re done, place an air plant or two in the webbing.
DIY Air Plant Wall Frame
A beautiful frame can also be used to make an air plant decoration. All you need is a string and small nails. Use an old mirror frame if you need something bigger.
When making this plant holder, first, sand, paint, or stain it if you want. Then hammer some small nails to the back of the frame and start making a web out of string to hold your air plant.
Mini Clay Pot Magnets
Put air plants in tiny clay pots and attach magnets to each one so you can stick them to a board. Once you have your tiny containers, glue magnets to each one and put tiny plants in them.
Ceramic Air Plant Hangers
Ceramic planters can also be displayed on the wall. You can mount them with screws or nails. Air-dry clay, paint, a rolling pin, and X-acto knife, and some sandpaper are the main things you’ll need to make these planters.
Roll out some clay, trace the desired shape on a piece of paper and use that as a template. Cut the pieces out of clay and then put them together, smoothing the edges with water. Put something inside to give the pocket the desired form.
Air Plant Hanging Terrarium
Glass terrariums with copper wire attached to a wood panel offer soft green touch. You could look at it another way and see the glass planters as the translucent eyeballs of an android grasshopper. Plants and planters may limit, but if they do, that’s on you.
Take your DIY design skills to the next level and turn your space into an interactive modern art piece. Instead of following Martha Stewart’s lead, imagine what Salvador Dali would do and see if you could pull that off.
The hanging glass planters look great in hallways, above foyers, and mudrooms.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ
Do Air Plants Die After They Bloom?
Most air plants have distinct growth cycles. The plants stop blooming after they grow. Their energy is passed to the “pups” produced after they bloom.
Can You Give Air Plants Tap Water?
Tap water changes according to its environment. Air plants enjoy soft water. If you’re unsure about the water, use rainwater or bottled water.
How To Revive A Sick Air Plant?
If an air plant has brown spots it’s because it hasn’t received enough water. The good news is that the plant isn’t dead. The first thing you can do is soak the plant in water.
If you use tap water, make sure you dechlorinate it before soaking the sick air plant in it. The best water to use when curing a sick air plant is rainwater.
Another problem is that the air plant needs more air. If you have it in a container with a small top, find something that has a large opening that will provide the plant with more air.
Are Air Plants Poisonous To Cats?
If your sweet kitty cat nibbles on a Tillandsias you won’t have anything to worry about because air plants aren’t toxic.
How To Build An Air Plant Terrarium?
You’ll need an open glass container with good airflow. Air plants need a strong oxygen supply. Next, put sand or aquarium gravel at the bottom of the glass container. Add a few stones, rocks, or scrap wood pieces for decoration, and you’re all set.
Air Plants Conclusion
Air plants are a wonderful addition to bedrooms and living spaces. All you need is one air plant for your bedroom or kitchen to enliven it with positive energy. Dedicate an entire wall to air plants and watch the area spark excitement and energy.