The love affair we started with air plants (or Tillandsia) while road-tripping through Florida is still going strong. As our collection continues to grow, the quest to find each air plant a home goes on. There are many ways to display air plants. Using driftwood, small containers, and hanging them in the air are just some of the ways you can showcase these nontraditional houseplants.
This is the second air plant display that we have made thus far. We are loving our triangular multipurpose frame , but we are still finding the balance between what we like aesthetically and what works most conveniently in caring for them. Depending on the structure air plants reside on, this can be a tedious task and potentially damaging to the Tillandsia taking them out of a frame and putting them back in. The design of our new display provides a simple design that makes it convenient to care for the air plants with little risk of damage.
Watering thoughts aside, this air plant stand came out exactly as we had hoped. The airy spacious feel is exactly what we were going for. I love the ‘floating’ plant in the room, very unexpected. Shamelessly, plants are our choice of decor and air plants jazz things up like no other.
Simple Floating Air Plant Stand
2 inch diameter round hardwood dowel
2 mm bonsai training wire
one air plant per stand
This stand took no time at all for us to whip up. Using a wooden dowel from Home Depot, we cut off three pieces. To keep them more stable, we aimed for a shorter dowel cutting our dowels into 8″, 10″, and 12″ lengths. Once the stands were cut, Ryan took a drill bit slightly larger than the diameter of the wire and drilled a single hole centered on the top of each dowel piece for the wire to slide into.
To polish the look off, the dowels were sanded and stained. I used a stain that we already had kicking around the house. The natural tone works well in our living space now, but if we want to go darker in the future, we can easily adjust the tint. I can see the contrast between a dark stain and the vivid green air plants being lovely.
With the stands ready, the bonsai wire was delicately wrapped around the base of the plant. We wrapped it around a few times just enough to hold the plant in place without putting much pressure on the plant. Then, we did a quick mock-up holding plants at different heights to determine the length at which to cut the wire. After it’s cut, take time to ensure the wire is straightened between the plant and the base. The wire should easily slide into the stand and remain securely in place.
To keep the air plants watered, simply remove the wire from the base and soak the air plant with the wire attached. It couldn’t be any easier.
They even held up to Kearney’s sniff test. They didn’t wobble once. Kearney tested, plant-geek approved.