If you’re looking for a fun weekend project or a way to add a little low-maintenance green to your home then this easy DIY project may be the perfect way to spend a couple hours of your day. Today we’ll show you how to mount an air plant.
Part of the fun of air plants is their versatility—you can literally mount them on almost any surface. Some of the most popular places include wooden blocks, rocks, and pieces of driftwood. Today we’ll use a stick that we found out on a recent adventure.
Step 1. Gather your Supplies
Here is a list of supplies you will need to complete this project.
- Fishing Line
- Sheet Moss
- A Stick or Other Mounting Surface
- A Tillandsia or Air Plant of Your Choice
Step 2. Clean your Mounting Surface
Once you have gathered the necessary supplies you are ready to start assembling your mounted air plant and impressing your friends with your crafting abilities.
When selecting a home for your new air plant, don’t forget that you will need to be able to water it so it should be mounted to something that can be watered. It will also need ample sunlight to thrive. If you have young plants you will also need to remember that it will continue to grow, so select a mounting surface that won’t be dwarfed by a growing plant.
Step 3. Attach the Plant
You can use any number of items to attach your plant to your mounting surface, but our favorite is fishing line. Other common ways include glue, wire, and twist ties. You can decide based on you own personal preferences or whatever supplies you have around the house. Just be sure if using wire, make sure not to use copper because copper wire kills Tillandsia. Also remember that not all glues are suitable. Some contain toxins witch can harm your plants.
Begin by placing your plants on your mounting surface, and spend a few minutes playing with how you want them to be displayed. Try moving them around in different positions to see how they best compliment the surface.
When you’re ready, simply place the plant on the surface and attach it with just enough fishing line to secure the plant, but little enough that it doesn’t stand out. Don’t worry if you can still see the line, we will camouflage it later.
Step 4: Apply Sheet Moss
Again, play with the placement of the sheet moss on your surface. You will want to cover the line, of course, but maybe there are some other great places that need a little extra color. Attach the moss with glue, wire, or fishing line.
Step 5. Watering your mounted Air plant
Plants can be sprayed or misted every day but the easiest way is to submerge the plant in water about once a week—and let it soak for an hour or so. When the plant is taken out of its bath, excess water should be shaken or drained off. Water trapped in the plant can cause rot. Make sure that your air plants are completely dry between watering.