Unique Air Plant Holder

If you want a unique air plant holder, you’ll need this tutorial on how to make the wire air plant holders that make it all possible!

When you last saw our wooden wall art DIY, we used bottle caps to hold our air plants, as you see below. But once you learn how to make our little wire wonders, you can turn just about any thing – or surface – into a unique air plant holder. You can stick them anywhere!

Unique air plant holder; pallet clock with air plants attached as hour markers


Wooden air plant holder

International Bloggers Club – Wired Challenge
It’s time for another International Bloggers Club (IBC) challenge and this month our theme is Wired. The IBC is a group from all over the world who challenge each other every month to make something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was ‘Hooked on Crochet‘ and we created this crochet wall hanging pattern inspired by Windy Chien,  the famous knot artist!

You’ll find our friends’ crochet ideas at the bottom of the post. So don’t forget to check them out before you go. And if you don’t have time to browse today, pop back in later in the week to pick up where you left off.

Unique Air Plant Holder Supplies

  • Galvanized wire
  • Rubber grommets
  • Cylindrical bottle
  • Pen
  • Pliers or needle nose pliers
  • Air plants

Wire is always readily available at the dollar store. This 2-pack is great value.

wire used for unique air plant holder is galvanized

While I found an assortment box at a local electronics and hobby store in our area called Sayal, the rubber grommets might be a bit harder to come by.

rubber grommets in a box used for unique air plant holder

The ones I’m using have no hole in the middle and look like tiny yo-yos with a groove through the centre! That is where we’ll wrap the wire.

Rubber grommets, spool of wire and air plants sitting on a table ready to assemble for unique air plant holder

Cut Wire

To start, separate out a few coils of wire from the spool.

Hand holder spool of galvanized wire

Cut a length the wire. I took off about four rounds or so.

Pliers, rubber grommet and piece of cut wire on a table

Wind the wire around a cylindrical object. You can go as big or small as you like, depending on the size of your air plants.

hand winding wire around cylindrical container to make a unique air plant holder

Now, use a pen to form a tighter circle on one end of the wire.

One end of wire coiled around a pen

You’ll have a smaller circle as shown.

Pen and wire on a table showing with smaller coil formed by the pen

Wrap the Grommet

Wind this part around the slot in the middle of the rubber grommet to attach.

Black rubber grommet attached to one end of the standing coil of wire

Flip the whole thing upside down. Then use your pliers to bend the other end of the wire as shown.

Pinch the wire loops together. Bring the bent wire around all the concentric circles.

Fingers pinching together wire coil with grommet in the centre

In order to secure it, wrap the wire around a few times and bend closed. Then you can spread the wire out as shown. At this point, it reminds me of a slinky!

Open hand holding complete unique air plant holder made of wire and rubber grommet

Nano tape comes on a roll like this. But you only need a tiny amount for this project.

Hand holding package of nano tape in cellophane wrap

Wooden Air Plant Holder

Cut up square pieces of nano tape to fit the back of the grommet and stick it on.

Unique air plant holder showing nano tape on back of rubber grommet and air plant in background

Before attaching to a surface, test the fit of your air plants in the wire air plant holder.


wire air plant holder diy

Peel the liner, then stick it onto your chosen surface.

unique air plant holder attached to wooden surface of pallet clock with nano tape

Make as many as you need. Isn’t the concept of this wooden clock cool? We upcycled the entire thing using pallet wood and a curb find clock. Practically free!

Actually, the wire around the black grommets even looks good in its bare form without the greenery to mark the time!

9 unique air plant holders attached to wooden pallet clock

Decorate with Air Plants

Now pop in your air plants. The shape of our unique air plant holder will cradle them. You can even manipulate the wire as they grow to hold them! Or swap out for larger wire forms if they outgrow them completely.

There is a big advantage to our wire air plant holder over the bottle caps in our original air planter project. Instead of gluing the plant to the bottle cap and removing that, you can easily remove the air plant from the wire holder to soak them every few weeks. Then put them back in place!

close up of one air plant in a wire air plant holder

Here’s how they now look to mark the hours on our not so traditional analogue wall clock!

Wooden wall clock with wire air plant holders and air plants in place of numbers


Wooden Wall Art DIY

However, you can stick these wire air plant holders onto glass too!

wire air plant holder on surface of fused stained glass artwork

Initially, the earlier version of our unique air plant holder used twist ties. In case you want to see what I mean, check out this air plant holder DIY. There’s a really cool GIF near the end of that post that shows the air plants magically appearing :). It’s fun to watch!

At any rate, I think it’s time for an update to this new and improved wire air plant holder, don’t you?

Fused stained glass piece in window with wire air plant holders attached and air plant display

Because nano tape is reusable, the possibilities are endless for where you can put these! If you grow bored of them on glass, move them somewhere else!

For instance, have an old globe kicking around? Stick a ring of wire air plant holders around the 30 degree N latitude line and joush it up like this! And if the nano tape does eventually wear out, cut new pieces. You really need so little of it.

Pin Unique Air Plant Holder

Pinning is always welcome and appreciated!

Pinnable image for unique air plant holders

Wired Challenge Ideas

International Bloggers Club

Don’t forget to visit these awesome ‘Wired‘ projects from our creative friends below. You’re in for some unique and spectacular wire ideas!

  1. A Crafty Mix – How to Make a Large Wire Flower
  2. Unique Creations by Anita  – DIY Wire Wind Spinner 
  3. Unique Air Plant Holder – Birdz of a Feather

Air Plant Holder Ideas FAQ

What can I use as an air planter holder?

Absolutely anything can become an air plant holder if you use our wire air plant holders to cradle your air plants. They stick just about anywhere; wood, glass etc. Even your windows can become an air plant holder with our unique wire holders.

How do you keep air plants in place?

With wire air plant holders, you don’t need to glue or permanently attach your air plants. Just give them a twist and they catch on the coils of the wire to keep them in place. Then easily remove them again for watering and put them right back.

Should I mist my air plants?

With our unique air plant holders, you can easily mist them if you wish. But you can also lift them right off, soak them, let them dry and put them right back. Misting can sometimes cause rotting issues, so we only recommend misting on occasion and prefer soaking air plants.

Do air plants need holders?

Air plants are much more beautiful when displayed in groupings, so our wire air plant holders are ideal. You can make as many or as little as you like. Then stick them to any vertical surface for that wow factor.

How do you make an air plant holder?

Our tutorial takes you through the step-by-step on how to fashion a wire air plant holder that you can stick anywhere and to anything you desire.

Can I use glue to hold air plants?

You can use a plant safe glue. However, why use glue when you can make a unique air plant holder out of galvanized wire instead? It’s totally non-toxic to the plant and you can stick them anywhere using nano-tape.

Can air plants live on wood?

Air plants can happily live anywhere because they don’t need soil. But they still do need the basic necessities such as adequate light and water.

 

12 thoughts on “Unique Air Plant Holder

  1. Great do over Sara, I love the little wire baskets. I must have a look into nano tape sounds like a great product.

    • Look for a nano tape that doesn’t mark and is reusable. There are tons of them out there now 🙂

  2. You know how much I love anything to do with Tillies and making a wire coil to hold them opens up so many possibilities. Quick question; is Nano tape like double sided tape?

    • Yes, nano tape is double sided; it’s clear and very thick and strong compared to other DS tapes. Look for one that doesn’t leave a mark and is reusable; there are so many available now so read reviews before you try one 🙂

  3. What clever idea for holding air plants, Sara! Like you say, with that nano tape, (now added to my shopping list), the possibilities for where to hang them are endless. I really like the pretty glass hanger. Would be so pretty hanging in front of a window.

    • I used to do stained glass, but this one is from an artist I once took a course with :). I love it in our dining room.

  4. The wore reminds me of the slinky toy I grew up with. Which I may still have somewhere. Beautiful garden basket idea.

    • It reminds me of a slinky too; that was the inspiration! Hubs actually bought me one a few years ago and it’s still around somewhere lol!

    • We love finding unique and different ways to display them. Air plants are so low maintenance and look beautiful wherever you put them.

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