Air Plant Holders – Containers to Display Your Tillandsia Collection

Air plants are not only fun to grow, they are also fun to display.  So many household items can be fashioned into containers for these sweet little plants that don’t need soil to grow.  These air plant holders are cute. compact and perfect to display your tillandsia collection.These unusual air plant holders are the perfect way to display your collection of tillandsia.

Have you tried growing air plants? These succulent plants from the epiphyte family are perfect for those who have a “brown thumb.” The plants are easy to grow and actually thrive on a bit of neglect. Most air plants are quite small and have very little in the way of root systems. 

In nature they attach themselves to host plants and grow easily.  In the home, we like to display them in unusual ways.air plants have no real root system

Air Plant Holders – How to Display Tillandsia

Air plants can be grown in normal pots, but their small size and little need for moisture also make them candidate for all sorts of other planter ideas. Why not try one of these interesting air plant holders for something a bit different.

A common household fish bowl make the perfect home for this larger air plant. Add some white gravel and a collection of sea shells for a unique and beachy scene.

Fish bowl planter

One of the readers of my blog sent me a photo showing a really interesting display for her air plants. These neat planters are made from blocks of wood with a curved wire at the top where the air plants sit. So creative. Thanks for sharing Lilibeth! I just love the way these look!Block display for air plants

Air plants love to sit on trees in nature. To mimic this look, wrap some sphagnum moss around a piece of wood and tie the plant to it.  It will look natural and woodsy when suspended this way. Just mist the base from time to time and the plant will flourish.

hanging air plant

Air plants are well suited to any terrarium styled display. Terrariums hold in the moisture and give the plant pretty much the perfect environment.  This cute tear drop shaped glass holder is wrapped in copper wire and adorned with a heart. It makes the tiny tillandisia look right at home sitting on a bed of green moss.Air plant holder with copper heart

Since Air plants grow on host trees in nature, it makes a lot of sense to use log holders to display them.  This pretty log shape displays two plants, one on each end for a perfectly symmetrical holder.

Log planters for tillandsias

Because of their small size, air plants are idea candidates for shallow bowl planting. This pretty air plant bowl container uses gravel, a piece of drift wood and has three different air plants for a minimalist looking planter.

Shallow bowl planter for air plants

My last visit to the local farmer’s market was spent wandering around an air plant vendor’s stall that had so many pretty containers. This bird cage caught my attention and I love the way it looks. It had a huge piece of drift wood to hold the tillandia plants and was about 5 feet tall!Bird cage planter

A stained wooden plaque and piece of copper tubing makes a rustic holder for this shield style air plant holder.  It’s easy to make and displays the plant nicely. See the shield planter tutorial at Walnut Hollow Crafts.

Shield air plant holder from walnuthollowcrafts.wordpress.com

A round sphere made of flat copper wire is the perfect home for this air plant. The planter is easy to mist and looks great with the colorful moss under the collection of air plants.

metal sphere

My old Mr. Coffee carafe does double duty in this fun coffee pot terrarium.  I combined my air plant with other succulent plants for a pretty display that hardly ever needs watering. See the coffee pot terrarium tutorial here.Coffee pot terrarium for air plant and succulents

A glass bottle with a front circle opening is wrapped in jute and decorated with a single wooden bead. Add some colorful moss in several shades and place the spiky air plant in the center for a fun rustic effect.

Glass bottle air plant holder

This is such a cute planter.   A light bulb has a side cut out of it to allow for the air plant to get added with some moss.  I love how the copper wire matches the color of the light bulb top. Cut, unusual and just the perfect size!

Light bulb planter.

This marbled loop of clay is a fun DIY project that makes a great air plant holder.  It is made from polymer clay, which has been colored and then baked. See how to make this hanging air plant holder at Delineate Your Dwelling.Hanging air plant holder from delineateyourdwelling.com

This adorable planter is made from a ceramic cat figure with an area on the top to sit the plant.  See more cute air plant holders at House of Hawthornes.Cat planter for an air plant from houseofhawthornes.com

These old metal pipe fittings do double duty as air plant holders.  They are rustic and so unusual.  Photo credit BookFinch on Flickr.

Metal air plant contairners

Air plants look right at home in this fairy garden made from a brandy snifter. I love the little deck chair. It makes the perfect beach scene! See the fairy garden tutorial at Pastels and Macaroons.

Fairy "garden planter from pastelsandmacarons.com

Last by not least is this amazing planter that I recently found at Lowe’s.  It is an elongated blown glass container with a front cut out and double copper wire wrapping. The copper flower accents the fun colors of the moss and displays the air plant beautifully.

Elongated air plant holder

What do you use to display your air plants? I’d love to see some photos in your comments below!


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  1 comment for “Air Plant Holders – Containers to Display Your Tillandsia Collection

  1. Tammy areane
    09/02/2017 at 12:34 am

    Very well shown and explained that anyone can understsnd and start their own projects with air plants and succulents. Well done guys.

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