Air plants can be hung from various surfaces, making them a great decoration choice. Hanging air plants is a great way to light up your space without taking up too much of it. This article will walk you through the guide on hanging air plants in your home. Let’s create a beautiful, unique decoration that will brighten any room.
What To Know Before Hanging Your Air Plants
There are a few key points to consider before hanging your air plants to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant.
- A bright, less drafty location, but easy to grab: Air plants thrive in bright, indirect light and prefer non-drafty locations. Ideal spots are east or west-facing windows. Since they need to be easily accessible for watering, ensure they are placed within easy reach.
- Mind your watering schedule: Despite absorbing nutrients from the air, air plants need regular watering 1-3 times per week. The watering process involves a 15-30 minute soak in room-temperature water, draining and drying upside down to prevent rot. Hence, easy accessibility is crucial for this process.
- No copper: It’s important to note that air plants are sensitive to copper. Copper can cause toxicity in air plants leading to their demise. As a result, avoid using copper wire or any copper-containing materials when creating a hanger or holder for your air plants. Instead, opt for stainless steel, nylon, or natural twine.
Tip: Consider a suncatcher near the hanger. Consider adding a suncatcher near your air plants. This decorative addition adds color to your space and helps diffuse sunlight, ensuring the plants get sufficient light without being scorched.
General Steps For You To Follow When Hanging An Air Plant
Estimated time 30 minutes
I bet you can do better and faster than me:
- Step 1: Choose a location
The first step in hanging air plants is to choose a suitable location. Air plants require bright but indirect light, so choose a place receiving indirect, natural light. Bathrooms and kitchens are great locations for air plants, as they tend to be more humid, which air plants love.
- Step 2: Choose a hanger
There are many options for hanging air plants, including wire, string, and suction cups. Choose a hanger that is sturdy enough to hold the weight of your air plant. When choosing a hanger, consider the size and weight of your air plant, as well as the location you have chosen.
- Step 3: Prepare the hanger
Start by creating a loop at the top using wire or string. If you are using suction cups, ensure they are clean and debris-free. This preparation will ensure that your air plant is securely attached to the hanger.
- Step 4: Attach the air plant
Gently place the air plant onto the hanger. You should pay attention in this step not to damage the plant when attaching it to the hanger. If the plant has a stem, you can wrap the wire or string around it to secure it.
- Step 5: Hang the plant
Once the air plant is securely attached to the hanger, it’s time to hang it in your chosen location. Ensure that the hanger is attached securely to the surface and that the plant is not in danger of falling. Check on the plant regularly to ensure it receives enough light and water.
Ideas For Different Air Plant Hanging Styles
I could improve at making decorative, so I’ve done a short research online. Thanks to Nell from the JoyUsGarden Youtube channel and Pinterest for bringing these creative ideas (detailed references below).
#1. (Bendable) Wire Plant Hanger
A wire air plant hanger is a decorative piece for displaying air plants, which don’t need soil to grow. It’s usually made from flexible, sturdy wire shaped into various forms. Notably, copper wire should not be used, as it’s toxic to air plants. These hangers allow ample airflow, which is crucial for the plant’s health, and add a modern touch of greenery to any space.
You can directly turn the bendable wire plant hanger into the plant holder (see an idea below – the one with the rock). To execute this method flawlessly, you must avoid the bendable copper wire. Instead, use aluminum/ stainless steel wires which you can commonly find in stores or online!
#2. Air Plant Cradle
Air plant cradles are simple holders for air plants. They’re usually made from things like clay or ceramic. They let air get to the plant and make your space look nice. You can put them on a table or hang them on a wall.
A quick DIY:
- Start with a small piece of air-drying clay to make an air plant cradle.
- Mold it into a shallow bowl or cone shape large enough to hold your plant.
- Let it dry completely according to the clay’s instructions.
Once dry, it’s ready for your air plant. Place it on a table or hang it with a string for a lovely display.
Here are a few ideas I get on Pinterest for better visualizing what you can do:
#3. Macrame Wall Hanger Ideas
A macrame air plant hanger can make your room feel cozy and exciting. It hangs on your wall or ceiling, adding a fantastic pattern and some greenery to your space. It’s fun to show off your air plant and decorate your room.
Here are a few Pinterest ideas for your read:
You can visit local craft stores, home decor shops, or garden centers to get a macrame air plant hanger, as they often carry such items. You could also browse online retailers like Etsy, Amazon, or specialized plant websites. If you’re feeling creative, there are numerous DIY tutorials online to create your macrame air plant hanger, allowing you to customize it to your style and size specifications.
#4. Wood Hangers
Wood hangers for air plants are a rustic way to display your plants. They can be simple blocks or intricately carved pieces. You can hang them on the wall or place them on a surface. They add a warm, earthy vibe to your space, making your air plants stand out.
A brief DIY: To make a wood hanger for air plants, get a small piece of wood and a drill. Clean and dry the wood, and drill a halfway hole for the plant and a smaller one for hanging. Thread twine or wire for a hanger, put your plant in the giant hole and hang it in a bright, indirect light area. Remember to mist your plant regularly.
#5. Geometric Hangers
Geometric hangers for air plants are cool and modern. They’re made from things like metal or wire and have shapes like squares or triangles. You can hang them on your wall or from the ceiling. They let your plants get plenty of air and add a neat design to your room.
What’s more interesting? You can make one from scratch. To make a geometric hanger for air plants:
- Gather wire, wire cutters, and pliers.
- Cut three equal wire pieces, bend each into a triangle, and connect them to form a pyramid.
- Attach a long wire at the top for hanging.
- Place your air plant inside the pyramid and hang it in a spot with indirect light and good airflow.
#6. Driftwood Planters
Driftwood planters offer a unique, organic way to display air plants. The natural shapes and textures of the driftwood can create a stunning contrast with the air plants. To make a driftwood planter, choose a piece of driftwood and attach your air plants. You can use wire, adhesive, or even a natural hollow in the wood to secure the plants. Place your driftwood planter on a tabletop, or hang it on a wall for a truly eye-catching display. It’s an artistic, eco-friendly choice that brings a touch of the outdoors into your home.
#7. Store-bought Plant Hangers
Air plant hangers are widely available online and in stores, with varied designs and materials. Glass terrariums provide 360-degree light access, wire hangers offer a modern touch, ceramic holders give an artistic appeal, driftwood displays add a rustic feel, and macrame hangers contribute a chic boho vibe. Remember, the hanger should facilitate good air circulation, indirect sunlight, and watering needs for your air plant.
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#8. Grapevine Wreath
A grapevine wreath for air plants is a beautiful and natural way to showcase your plants. The twisting, organic shapes of the grapevine create a rustic backdrop for the unique forms of the air plants. To make one, secure your air plants into the wreath’s crevices, using wire or a small amount of adhesive if necessary. Hang the wreath on your wall or door to create a welcoming and living piece of art. With a grapevine wreath, you’ll have a dynamic display that can be easily updated or rearranged as your collection of air plants grows or changes.
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You can make an air plant hanger from anything. Surfing online, I can see people making these hangers out of an old mug, a plastic dish drying rack, a paper mache pot, etc. There is no ultimate guide for everything, but being creative with what you have is fun.
Before You Go …
You can easily hang air plants at home now. Air plants are low maintenance and easy to care for, making them perfect for hanging decorations. Please pay attention to the points I mentioned above for better preparation! I wish you success in hanging your favorite air plants.
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