Lately I’ve been incorporating more and more plants into my decor at home.There’s something about bringing green life into a space that automatically brightens it up. It’s a fast way to make it feel fresh, and I’ve noticed that it actually helps me to feel happier. I have a few terrariums placed on my windowsills, and I just bought a cactus from a plant stand at one of my favorite flea markets a few weekends ago.
But my newest obsession? Air plants. After our FP Me shoot in Chicago, the store team surprised us with a little gift bag, and one of the things inside was an air plant. I fell in love with it, and since then, I’ve purchased a few more to add to my collection.
Air plants are also known as Tillandsia. Rather than soil, this type of plant obtains water and nutrients from the air. Each one has it’s own unique shape, and range from dark to light green. Some can be quite large, while others are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. I think I’ve become so fascinated by them because such a simple little thing can add so much character to room, and there’s so many ways that you can display them!
The convenient thing about air plants is their ability to attach their roots to just about anything. Once the root is attached, this is how they grow. Finding some driftwood with a good notch in it is the perfect place to display an air plant.
I like to add in a few stones and shells around it, and create a little capsule that reminds me of the shore.
You can also buy little wire baskets to display them in. We have an awesome plant store here in Philly called City Planter where I purchased this one. All you need is a little tiny nail and a good wall to display it on. I like the way the green looks against a white wall–it gives a fresh and minimal touch to something that might have been bare before, and they are so easy to hang!
You could also create a cool plant installation by buying a few more air plants to add to the wall.
Hanging air plants from string is another fun way to display them, and an easy way to create a plant mobile. I’ll wrap the root with some twine, then tie that to a hanging light fixture
You can do this with almost anything, anywhere you want to create a hanging display.
Another use for a crystal!
You can make the cutest little air plant pots with air dry clay.
Lastly, you can incorporate air plants into hand made wall hangings too. All you need is some driftwood and string to create the one you see above!
Do you have any other ways you like to incorporate air plants into your life?
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