This air plant holder DIY is a solution to a very real problem if you like to grow plants but have limited space.
So how do you display air plants when space is an issue? Air plants don’t need just air, they also need a source of bright indirect sunlight too. That means they have to be within 3 feet of a window at most. But that’s easier said than done in our house. You see, our house sits on a ‘zero lot line’. One side of our house has no windows at all, and the windows we DO have, don’t have enough floor space surrounding them to grow plants.
Hanging Air Plant Holder
As an indoor plant lover with only one south facing window, that leads to overcrowding. Plants aren’t happy when they have to fight for prime real estate and struggle to get natural light! The picture below is way before my plant ‘problem’ got way out of hand! You’ll have to magine 100 more plants in that bay window because it’s too embarrassing to show what a plant hoarder I’ve become!
As I looked around our home, I realized that a hanging air plant holder in the dining room would solve all our problems. As you can see, there isn’t enough space between the window and dining table for a plant stand. So first, I hung this beautiful stained glass art piece. The only thing better that this piece is how I’m going to upcycle it!
Materials for Air Plant Display
You will need:
I purchased an entire kit of assorted rubber grommets. These are the kind that have a slit down the middle for going around electrical knockouts.
You’ll also need nano tape. It claims to be easily removable and reusable. I’ve never used this stuff before but ordered some because I knew I’d have a use for it someday!
Indoor Air Plant Holder
Start by cutting some lengths of the wire twist ties. The length will depend on the size of the grommet you use and the size of the base of your air plants. You’ll need to experiment with this to get it right for your own air plant holder.
Form a circle and begin to twist the wire around itself.
Secure the ends.
Drop the wire onto a grommet so it gets wedged in the middle where it splits.
Bring the wire all the way around and cross it over at the bottom. Tighten it, then give it a second twist.
Bend the wire so it forms a loop that’s 90 degrees to the grommet. It should sit upright as shown.
Test Air Plant in Air Plant Holder
Make sure there is sufficient space in the wire loop to securely hold your air plant.
Different shapes and sizes of air plants will require different loops of wire so adjust and fabricate as many sizes as necessary.
Cut Nano Tape
Cut a strip of nano tape.
Then cut the strip into squares no bigger than the width of your grommet.
Attach nano tape squares onto the back of each grommet.
Remove backing and attach grommets to your glass piece.
Watch as it all comes together:
Air Plant Care
Since the air plants just sit on the twist tie wire, you can easily remove them to give your air plants a soak in water once a week. Submerge them in a bowl of water for 30 minutes. Remove excess moisture and let them dry on a towel (I usually let them drip dry upside down for several hours). If you don’t turn them upside down, you run the risk of the water staying in the crown of the plant and rotting them. Return them to the air plant holder display once totally dry! They’ll be so happy in their new home!
My airplanes have never bloomed, but if yours do, don’t submerge: rinse them instead.
Note that if they are exposed to very bright light, like in a window, they will dry out more readily so you may have to water more often. If the leaves start to roll or wrinkle, you know they need a drink.
A reader just reminded me of the one thing I forgot to point out: never use anything copper to display air plants or succulents. Copper is toxic, yet I see all sorts of air plant displays on Pinterest using copper.
So what do you think of this air plant holder DIY? Is it something you’d do in your home? For more planter ideas, check out these DIYs.