I’ve tried, for years and years, to keep plants alive in our home. I do great for about two weeks, then completely forget they are there (because they are looking so good and not sad yet!). So, typically, a plant will last about four weeks in our house. When I found out about succulents, I thought I had found my perfect pair, but no, sadly I can easily kill those too. And then air plants came on to the scene. I think I found something that I can keep alive for more than a few months now, usually. Sure, I’ve forgotten about one or two here and there, but most live a happy long life around here. I love that you don’t have to fuss with pots or really any container. They look great sitting on a stack of books, or just next to a candle. I’ve seen people mount them to a variety of things, so I thought we would give it a shot and celebrate summer with a fluffy green wreath. These little guys are perfect for wreaths since all you really have to do is mist them once in a while! – Lauren
Supplies and Tools
A variety of air plants, I purchased mine here
3 embroidery hoops
Feathers or any other embellishment you want to add
1. While you wait for your glue gun to heat up, cut two strips from your fabric to create the banners. Use your sharpie to write in “Welcome Summer” or any other greeting. Sandwich the banner pieces into the embroidery ring, tighten and trim the excess fabric from the back.
2. Lay out how you’d like your air plants and feathers to look. Since each plant is shaped differently and fairly stiff, you’ll have to play around to fit them together like a puzzle.
3. Glue down the bottom layer of your design. I attached my feathers first so you wouldn’t see the ends, and then the bottom layer of the air plants I chose. When glueing down the plants, put a dot of hot glue and wait at least 10 seconds before you attach the plant. If you don’t wait, you might burn the air plant. I basically waited until I could touch it, but it was still tacky.
4. Continue layering in the plants until you achieve the look you are going for.
You can attach a little string to the top hook and hang or just set on a table… however you’d like to display it. Change out the banners for different seasons, for wedding or party decor, or I even think they’d look great with just the air plants! How would you guys use them?
Photo Credits: Lauren Saylor for Oh So Beautiful Paper