When I was a kid I had an air plant that was hot glued into a seashell. I know it was hot glued because I messed with it for ages and ages. Picking at it but doing my best to not actually remove the glue that was holding the plant in. I have no clue where it came from but I do know that we didn’t know how to care for it. Eventually it died and I had a dead air plant inside of a seashell. But I still kept it because I thought it was really neat.
Here lately air plants have been getting pretty darn hot. And why shouldn’t they? They are awesome little things that seemingly live on air alone (not really and that is why the plant of my childhood didn’t survive). They’re neat for crafters because you can hot glue them onto other things. And that’s something we crafty people are really interested in. Gluing stuff to other stuff. Bam. I’m a crafty genius.
And so I ordered a good number of air plants from Etsy from a shop called Twisted Acres. And the thought of hot gluing a living thing made me shirk back when it came right down to it. So they sat in the box they arrived in for a few days and then I had to leave town for a week. I just knew that when I got back home I would have another dead air plant story under my belt. But luckily all but one survived. Wahoo!
And still not into the whole gluing idea I decided to make something to wrap around them. And as it turns out, these suckers are pretty cool and I see them as fab gifts!
For this project you will need:
This is the wire I used. I have no idea what the gauge is or any of that but it is thicker and easy to bend. The link in the materials list is exactly what I purchased.
Take the wire and wrap it around your fingers to create the shape for the plant to rest in.
For larger plants you’ll need to use more fingers to help make the shape, less for smaller, etc. Start looping closer to your hand ending toward your finger tips.
Remove from your hand and pull the wire from the smallest point and up through the back of the coiled shape. Trim so that you have enough length to form a loop to hang from.
Gently place your plant, root end first into the coil you have made. Using your pliers or multi-tool bend in the loose wire where you first started coiling on your finger inward to hold the plant in. You want it to be loose enough for the plant to be able to grow but firm enough that it won’t topple out.
You can aim for perfect spirals to hold your air plants or go kind of nuts. I wanted an avant garde type of look here with the wire going off to the side much further than they needed to. Those were the ones I wound up liking the best in the end!
Marla liked them all. To be honest I should have seen this coming. All of my cats seem to be on a seek and destroy mission with any plants I bring into this home!
Even put back into the box they arrived in wasn’t enough. Right after this she knocked over my box of paint brushes and then sat down among them with her tail whipping around. The whole thing was a mess!
I made several with a generously sized hook to hang from. But after fighting the cat to keep my plants intact I formed a tighter loop so they can be hung on the wall higher than any of them can reach.
It works pretty well except that I am going to have to repaint the wall. For about 10 minutes every day I hear her chirping, jumping and sliding down the wall in an attempt to get them. But so far she has been unsuccessful.
The smaller ones I plan to give as gifts and the three larger will continue hanging in my bathroom. And to keep them alive, I spray with water every once in awhile and when they start looking very thirsty I let them sit in a bowl of water for about 15 minutes. They’re going very strong and I’m excited that these air plants will not only look pretty in my little half bath, but they’ll also live!