DIY Air Plant Wreaths: Wreath Making With Air Plants

DIY Air Plant Wreaths: Wreath Making With Air Plants

By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

If you’re in the process of adding autumn decorations to your home, or even planning for the Christmas holidays, are you considering DIY? Have you pondered a living wreath with low maintenance? Perhaps you should think of air plant wreath ideas. This may offer a great, easy to make, yet artistic piece for your door or wall.

Wreath Making with Air Plants

Air plants grow without soil and without much of the care we must provide to other living plants.

You can DIY air plant wreaths simply and easily, with a result that provides months (or longer) of beauty. Air plants are natural air purifiers and need only regular misting or some form of light watering to keep them going. The happy air plant will often produce blooms.

Consider if you have the right conditions before making your wreath. Some direct sunlight and good air circulation are necessary to keep air plants at peak performance. Temperatures below 90 degrees F. (32 C.), but not under 50 degrees F. (10 C.), are needed.

Hopefully, you have a door that fits these requirements. If not, consider a wall space. You may also use your wreath as a tabletop decoration.

How to Make an Air Plant Wreath

If you wish to make your air plant wreath as a seasonal decoration, choose appropriate colors of flowers, berries, and foliage for the season. Use seasonal materials you may have in your landscape or take a walk in the woods to collect unusual cuttings. Always be prepared with a pair of sharp pruners.

Use a grapevine wreath as the base, or something similar of your choosing. Use air plants with “hooks” on the bottom when possible. These can hang from the grapevine wreath. If you want them more secure, consider hot glue or floral wire.

Think of the overall look you want for the wreath. It can be full, with air plants all around, or filled in the bottom third with a single element on top. Cover with sheet or sphagnum moss first, and if desired, you may then cut openings to add the cuttings and plants.

You can also add secondary cuttings if you’d like such as amaranth, lavender, rosemary, and others sparingly around the bare areas.

Consider one or two of the air plants brachycaulos, captita, harrisii – or others available to you. Use them in odd numbers for the most effective display. If you wish to use a single element at the top, make a small grouping.

Wreath making with air plants is a fun project. Follow your creative instincts and make your wreath as simple as you like. Care for the air plants in your wreath by giving them a weekly soak or a light misting. Leave them in a place where they can dry upside down quickly. Hang the wreath in the conditions described above for long life and possible flowers.

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Experience Nature: Make a Fresh Foraged Wreath

Wreaths made from fresh foraged materials are a wonderful way to make an entrance look welcoming or to jazz up a drab fence or garden shed. Here’s how to make a wreath entirely from foraged materials! Half the fun of this kind of wreath making is supply “shopping” in your own garden!

When we think of learning how to make a wreath, we may automatically conjure up visions of the holiday season. However, wreaths are not just for the holiday. They are a beautiful way to decorate in any season!

They bring the beauty and fragrance of the outdoors in, and are an enjoyable and meditative project to make. Plus, there are so many possibilities other than just greenery! Flowers, herbs, berries, pinecones, and even small gourds can be added to beautiful fresh wreaths for a unique statement piece.

Plus, you can also embellish your fresh wreath with other bits and pieces you might have lying around your craft room (think floaty gossamer ribbons or burlap bows) to add an interesting textural contrast to the fresh greens and flowers on the base of your wreath.

You just might make a personalized one for every season! Not to mention Halloween, Easter, your birthday (and your dog’s birthday)…there are so many beautiful variations to try that you’ll want to make a new wreath for every occasion you can think of.

How to Make a Wreath

Start by following these step-by-step instructions on how to make a fresh wreath using any and all evergreen branches you have on hand. You can use all the same evergreens or mix in a variety of plants.

Once you have this technique down, you can dress it up with basically anything that you have on hand. Scroll down for some ideas and let your imagination run wild! The possibilities are endless.

Crafting with Air Plants and Wire

Hooray! It’s the gardening season kickoff weekend, at least if you are in Seattle. This weekend I’m going to be on the DIY stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show to demonstrate some cool projects that you can do with air plants. Speaking at the show is one of my gardening season highlights each year (last year, I did a live demo of how to make seed-paper greeting cards) and the official kick off to gardening season.

The show is now in its 30 th year, and there will be 75 speakers at the show this year over 5 days (February 7-11), so it’s a wonderful way to sit back and learn something new and interesting to bring home to your garden. You can read about highlights from my past visits to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in these posts:

On both Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be on the DIY Stage to do a workshop on crafting with air plants and wire.

I love that air plants can grow just about anywhere. Without the confines of a pot, the possibilities are endless: you can put them on your wall, you can set them on the mantle, or hang them on a wreath. One of my pet peeves, however, is seeing air plants glued onto things! Glued! Can you believe it?

Of course, this is not uncommon and many nurseries and air-plant experts glue air plants to wreaths and backdrops. The glue is safe for air plants and won’t kill them, but it is certainly not the best option if you want to have long-living, healthy plants. I have purchased some gorgeous displays with air plants glued onto them and I can never water them properly.

Anything that you use to attach an air plant should be either watertight so it can be submerged in water or easy to remove the air plant from for bath time.

But even if you can water them properly, the plants will grow out of the glue and start to look pretty rough after a while. Pruning them is another important part of keeping them healthy and you can see in this post how I revitalized the plants that were glued onto a grapevine wreath and used copper colored craft wire instead.

At my workshops this Saturday and Sunday, I’m going to show five different projects for crafting with air plants and wire that allow you to water them properly and allow the plants to thrive. I hope you’ll come to check them out and see how to make these projects.

If you happen to miss it then I’ll come back in a few weeks and maybe I’ll make a video on some of the projects.

Here is the info on when/where I’m speaking this weekend. Hope to see you there! For more detailed descriptions of the events, see my Speaker Information Page.


Saturday, Feb 10 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Sunday, Feb 11 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow


Sunday, Feb 11 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena

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DIY Air Plant Terrarium

How to Care for Air Plants

First of all, you might want a little primer on how to care for air plants before you invest in making this awesome terrarium. Lucky for you, it’s really easy! This is what air plants (otherwise known as Tillandsias) need in order to thrive.

  • Air plants prefer bright light, and can even take some direct sun. Too low of light can cause air plants to suddenly fail and die. Once they get to that point, saving them is difficult, so make sure you take care of their lighting needs.
  • Watering air plants is easy… Once a week, gather all your air plants in a large bowl or sink and soak them in water for 20-30 minutes. Let them drain upside down on a towel. Air plants are prone to rot if water is allowed to pool in their leaves, so make sure to give them a little shake before you lay them out to drain.
  • Every other watering during the growing season, add a water soluble fertilizer at half strength to the water you soak them in.

That’s it! So here is how to make an air plant terrarium that is not only an amazing way to display your plants, it also adds to your home decor.

Air Plant Terrarium Supplies

  • Open glass container or terrarium that allows good air flow
  • Sand or aquarium gravel
  • Decorative stones, rocks, and wood
  • Air plants, preferably different types and sizes

This first air plant terrarium we designed with a minimalist in mind. This is simply white sand, a few stones, and two gorgeous air plants. Notice the one is in bloom! There is a myth that once air plants bloom they die. The fact is that while they will eventually die after blooming, they still have a lot to do. Blooming indicates the plant is about to produce air plant pups at it’s base… otherwise known as baby air plants. So never toss an air plant that has bloomed… it isn’t even close to being done yet!

Air Plant Terrarium Instructions

  • Add a base, either sand or gravel to the bottom of the terrarium.
  • Add rocks, stones, wood or other natural items you love.
  • Add air plants to your desired effect. One or two for a more minimal look… or as many as you can fit for an urban jungle effect!
  • Done!

There are many different varieties of air plant as you can see here. Some are fine leaved and others more coarse in texture. Different sizes, colors and even watering needs.

We also wanted to style this air plant terrarium with a more natural theme. In this DIY terrarium, we used foraged objects such as a piece of driftwood, and a stone covered with barnacles from our local beach. A little preserved moss and three different air plants contrasted each other well, and we love this terrarium!

Air plants are on trend with the plant parent revolution, and this just proves they can be as beautiful and as interesting as any philodendron or fern!

Where to Buy Air Plants

All the air plants, preserved moss and the terrarium in this post were provided by Etsy seller ‘Spyloh‘, and we are so happy with them that as of now, we won’t buy our air plants anywhere else!

We hope you are ready to make your own air plant terrarium. Create the perfect display space for your plants! We think you will also love out post on Clever & Cool Indoor Garden Ideas & Projects and also check out our post on What are Air Plants? or how to DIY Branch Chandelier Air Plant Display on OhMeOhMy!

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