16 Various Ways You Can Display Air Plants/Display Tillandsia

16 Ways You Can Display Air Plants

We have always known that all plants need water, light, air, and soil to grow. But that is only partly true! There is a whole genus of plants that do not need soil but are still dependant on the other two. They go by the moniker Tillandsia a.k.a Air Plants.

How did you ask? Well, it is quite simple; air plants obtain all of their needed nutrients from the atmosphere around them. Therefore soil matter is no necessity for their growth. This, in turn, reduces the time and the intensity of care they require by almost a half.

Watering is done only once a week, whereby you soak them in water for a minimum of 30 minutes. They are then hanged to dry off and then put back to their place of habitation. On illumination, they require either bright, indirect sunlight or well regulated artificial lighting.

Air plants are consequently low-maintenance plants that flourish in any setting. Be it your residence, office or classroom. Although, you will face many scenarios that you will meet the dilemma of where to place them, or rather how to display them.

16 Ways You Can Display Air Plants
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What are Air Plants?

There are several varieties of air plants that you can select from. We have the Funkiana that looks like a miniature coniferous crop. There is the Tetorum that looks like a green octopus and the Xerographia that looks like a paper-made flower. Others are the Bulbosa, Caput Medusae, and air plants, Ionantha, to mention a few.

See more of a wide variety of other air plants.

Various Styles Of Displaying Air Plants

For these unique looking plants, you need quite a presentation to flaunt them. Unquestionably, their occupancy could be the one thing your desktop needs to look better. They turn a rather dull location to one full of cheer and life. Below are some of the ways you can display air plants.

1. Table-Top Terrariums

A terrarium is similar to an aquarium, but instead of housing fish, it has plants and small animals. Air plants are an excellent addition to your glass tabletop terrarium. Additionally, you may accessorize the terrarium with marbles, tiny multicolored rocks, sea corals, and moss. You may put one or several types of air plants to create an eccentric and versatile terrarium. Feel free to use a glass terrarium of differing configurations, dimensions, and shapes.

Here’s a large tabletop glass terrarium from Purzest that we just might get our hands on. Can you imagine how cute mini succulents will be in here?

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2. Open Mason Jars

Mason jars are yet another way you can display your air plants. You should although make sure that you do not completely cover the pot. Covered chalices interfere with free air circulation, which may result in the nutrient deprivation of your crop. But, if the lid is part of the decoration, there is a way out. You may make holes in the cover to allow free air circulation. The air plants maxima’s brilliant purple bloom would look pretty amazing in a mason jar. Don’t get the smaller mason jars though, be sure you’re grabbing the large ones like these ones from Ball to ensure adequate space for growth, your succulents need room to breathe sometimes too!

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3. Miniature Fairy Garden

Air plants can also call a miniature fairy garden home. Fairy gardens are perfect sceneries that you can place not only one, but several plants. The best thing about fairy gardens is that you are open to doing whatever you desire. Here you can let your imagination run free and wild. Although, be sure to keep your air plants away from the soil. Instead, place them on rocky surfaces, near small water bodies and other soilless surfaces.

If you don’t know what a fairy garden is, then you’re in luck. Read all about it here, you’ll be very inspired to start your own, trust us!

4. Hanging Vessels

Air plants characteristic that they do not use their roots allows one to grow them in any direction. You may cultivate them upside down, right side up, or sideways. As a matter of fact, you may not even know which side is up or down in species with small or little roots. And for this reason, you can mount them in dangling vessels in any form or shape. The vessel may be a woven sisal basket or a metallic spring.

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5. Ceramic Sculptures

An air plant like the air plants cotton candy may add glee on a rather dull ceramic sculpture on your bookshelves. These exquisite pieces of art that come in astounding shapes and sizes could be home to the more prominent, bolder species. The air plants may be placed on the edges or attached to any open and unrestricted areas of the sculpture. The arrangement will, however, depend on the model and style of the figure.

The only thing we would suggest is to get very sturdy figures or sculptures. Succulents, houseplants in general, can be quite heavy when watered and you don’t want them to topple over and break! A strong foundation is a good foundation.

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6. Metallic Plant Frames

The air plants look exceptionally charming when displayed on metallic plant frames. Well, These frames go a notch higher, allowing you to hang your plants on your wall as a piece of art. You are also spoilt for choice as you may use any kind of metal- golden, silvery, coppery, or even painted steel. The air plants Bulbosa with its wounding leaves and bulb-like appearance would look great on a metallic frame. The frames may be placed at any location from walls to floors to staircases to shelves and also tables or desktops.

7. Geometric Display Shelves

If you are fond of mathematical, geometrical shapes, then you have come across geometric display shapes. The shelves come in diverse configurations and profiles all to the liking of the owner. And they can hold almost all types of air plants. The air plants may then be placed alongside your colorful indigenous rock collection or next to your book set. The mantelpieces may be pyramids, cubes, spheres, and trapezoid, just to mention a few.

8. Concrete Planters

Other kinds of plants may not do so well when grown in a concrete planter. Especially ones that don’t have drainage holes. Concrete planters tend to get too cold in the winter and cool in the summertime, which may not warm the soil efficiently. But for Air plants that do not need soil, concrete planters become ideal. Even the ones without drainage holes are likely habitats. The Tillandsia capitata peach, the Tillandsia aeranthos, and the Tillandsia cyanea types may be placed on concrete planters.

Here are some minimalistic concrete planters from POTEY if you’d like to grab some for your succulent collection. Here’s a full ebook on different types of planters too if you’re not satisfied with these concrete planters.

9. Wooden Planters

Wooden materials added on them an air plant on top of your desk at work looks terrific. The brown color of the wood complements the green, purple or red pigments of air plants. It creates a pop that gives your space personality and an ambiance cherished by many. The Tillandsia Andreana species would look particularly stunning on a wooden planter.

If you want to get a bit handsy on these wooden planters and DIY. Learn how to make a driftwood planter here from scratch!

10. Hanging Bulbs

As we strive towards a world when we waste less and recycle more, old bulbs can come in handy to house air plants. They create such a spectacle, especially when they are cleaned and hung at strategic places such as your patio, dining room or kitchen. Air plants such as the Tillandsia funkiana can grow its quill-like leaves gracefully in a hanging bulb. And they can effortlessly flaunt their yellow leaves and neon orange flower when they bloom.

If you’re having trouble finding some hanging bulb planters we’ve found some for you here from Marbrasse and Luffy Pets Collection.

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11. Glass Bowls

Glass bows that have been previously used for small homes for fish can now be used as habitat for Tillandsia plants. Filling one with gravel, accessorizing it with moss, and finally placing your pink-flowered air plants as the centerpiece will be a sight to behold. You are at liberty to use whatever size, shape, or color of bowl you desire.

12. Vases

Vases are yet another site that can be homes to Tillandsia plants. Although for a realistic appearance, consider choosing small jars or ones with small necklines. Otherwise, your Air plant may just drop in. The bigger bolder air plants would look amazing on top of a vase. At least then, you have a long-lasting plant that won’t need constant replacing such as roses or other kinds of flowers.

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13. Shells

Shells come in a variety of sizes, configurations, and designs. These calcium-rich pods are an astonishing addition on your windowsill, tabletops, bookshelves, and balconies. And to make them even more appealing, you could add a colorful air plant such as Fuego with its distinctive pop of red-colored leaves. Their ombre pattern that graduates from moss green to a vibrant red-pink could make a plain white shell look marvelous.

14. Chains

A series of chains hanging from the ceiling in differing lengths can be home to a few air plants. For instance, an air plant like the Bulbosa with its folding leaves can hang on a chain. Alternatively, the chain may be accessorized with attached ornate containers on them that the air plants can call home.

15. Crystal Stones

Sparkling crystal stones such as the clear quartz, the black Tourmaline or the purple amethyst could be home to your air plants. First,  you could bore a small hole at the top of the rock to place the plant. But for the hard, impenetrable ones, you may set the plant on the flattest side of the stone.

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16. Rubber Artifacts

Whether it is a rubber dinosaur toy or an eraser, either may be used as home to your Tallindsia. Your imagination could be your guide here. You may even use a tennis rubber ball cut in half. As you have seen, the plants blend in with almost everything. You could also bore a tiny hole in your brightly colored eraser and place your air plant.

Are You Inspired Now?

We can confidently say that the places to put or ways to display your air plants are infinite.

Basically, any surface on your household is suitable. You might even display the plants just as they are on your windowsill. As long as the location you chose has ample exposure to sunlight and is well ventilated.

To wrap it all up, do not be held back! Be creative and create a new home for your unique Tallindsia plants. Show us your air plants and planters here in the Succulent Plant Lounge. We have people sharing on a daily basis with helpful tips too!

Best Wooden Rack Displays for Your Succulents at Home

Best Wooden Rack Displays

When you first started your succulent collection, you probably had just a few succulents. You were able to scatter them throughout your home—a few went on the windowsill, one lived on the dining room table, and a few hung out in the kitchen.

But now that your succulent collection (and obsession) has grown, your dining room table is covered with plants. There’s nowhere to put down a plate and eat anymore, and every other available surface in your house is taken up by adorable planters, our office is full of them! As aesthetically pleasing as it is to have plants everywhere, it’s just not practical anymore or is it?

Your house has been overtaken by plants, but there’s something you can do about it! You can get a wooden rack with lots of shelves to house your plants. It won’t take up too much room and will fit all of your succulents, so you won’t have to get rid of any of your beloved plant babies to free up space in your house. 

Here are the best wooden racks to purchase if you need more space for your plants!


Four Tier Rolling Wooden Plant Rack

This rack rolls! Isn’t that cool? It has wheels, so even though it’s big, you can roll it by yourself no problem. We’re always rearranging the furniture in our office, so we love that we can move this rack around during our many redecorating sessions without having to ask for help.

It’s also a great rack to have if you move your succulents indoors for the winter. It’s made of solid wood, so it’s durable enough to be used indoors and outdoors. And since it has wheels, it’s super easy to move inside at a moment’s notice. If the weather suddenly changes and becomes too cold for your succulents, you’ll be prepared with this rack!

Take a look at these 6 Best Indoor Succulents and the 5 Best Outdoor Succulents! They’re sure to stand out on your new wooden racks.

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Yaheetech 4-Layer Wooden Rolling Flower Stand

This flower stand is made of 100% fir wood, which is known for its strength and dimensional stability as well as its natural resistance to rot and pests. It can easily hold 30 kg/ 66 lb weight in total.

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Five Tier Wooden Plant Stand 

This rack has five tiers and six different platforms you can use to display your succulents. It can fit six large planters comfortably or at least a dozen small ones. This wooden rack specifically sits behind our beautiful front desk person and it get’s a lot of compliments while being there!

Even though this rack was made to display other things, it’s a display piece in and of itself! It’s made of solid pine, so it has beautiful wood grain and a nice rustic brown stain. The shelves have slats in them and remind us of pallets, adding to the country charm of this rustic wooden rack.

You can use this display shelf indoors and out. It can withstand heavy rain and wind, so don’t be afraid to put it in your garden—you won’t damage it. It’s also great for indoor use because you can put other mementos on it like family photos, souvenirs and books.

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unho Wooden Shelf Tiered Flower Rack

6 layers of exhibition space add size and visual diversity to your outdoor space. Turn your beautiful garden into a plant paradise full of rich sense.

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Three Tier Plant Stand

The first two plant stands we showed you were kind of big and had a lot of display space. If you’re looking for a smaller, more streamlined plant stand, this is the one for you!

It has an uncomplicated, minimalist design with three shelves that you can use to house your plants. It’s perfect for smaller plant collections and can be kept indoors or outdoors because it’s weather-resistant. Made of metal with a durable black powder coated finish. It’s elegant scroll-work metal design, without being much, allows it to go with any decor, inside or out.

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Three Tier Folding Plant Stand

The neat thing about this plant stand is that it folds up, so when it’s not in use, you can keep it tucked away in a storage shed or a closet. It only weighs 9 pounds, so it’s easy to lift it up and put it away whenever you want. 

With how pretty this thing is, though, you’ll never want to hide it away! It’s made of solid fir and has a beautiful rustic look. It reminds us of those DIY plant stands made out of pallets that are all over Pinterest.

This wooden rack only has three tiers, but it still has a lot of space. It has a slanted design, so each shelf is bigger than the last. The design really maximizes space and gives you plenty of room to store your plants. Plus, it looks really pretty!

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Giantex 3 Tier Folding Wooden Plant Stand

Features solid fir wood construction, gives the stand lasting durability and strength to ensure that it lasts indoors or out.

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Small Three Tier Plant Display

If you have a super small apartment or balcony, you may not have space for a big wooden rack. That’s where this small plant display comes in! It still has three tiers of space that you can use to show off your plants, but it won’t take up a lot of floor space. It’s a super efficient use of space and packs a lot of storage into a small package!

It’s made of sturdy wood boards that will hold up indoors or outside. It has a minimalist design that will fit in with modern and contemporary furniture perfectly. This opens up the opportunity to spend more on succulent plants!

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Loving the idea of wooden racks but need some more plants to add to them? Check out these 5 Types of Air Plants! They’d be a great addition for this smaller display.


Those were our top- five best wooden rack displays for your succulents at home! What did you think of them… Are any of them going on your wishlist? We have our eye on that rolling plant rack—it would be so nice to be able to roll our rack outside when the weather’s warm to give our succulents some extra sun!

For some more succulent- inspiring articles, check out How to Make a Succulent Corsage, The 7 Best Succulents for Wedding Arrangements, and How to Create Driftwood Planters at Home!

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Household Items You Can Use as Succulent Planters

Household Items You Can Use as Succulent Planters

If you’re anything like us, you come home with some new succulents every few weeks and wonder, where in the world am I going to put them? It can be hard to find space for your ever-growing succulent collection or keep enough pots on hand to house them all.

Today, we’re going to teach you how to make planters out of things you already have around the house. If you know how to make pots out of everyday items, you’ll never run out!

We’re also going to give you lots of DIY hanging planter ideas so that you can save space and fit as many succulents as you want in your home. Which, if you’re as addicted to succulents as we are, is dozens and dozens!

Colorful succulent planters at home

Metal Colanders

We think that metal colanders are the perfect up-cycled planters for succulents! Colanders already have a ton of drainage holes that will keep your plants from getting waterlogged, so you won’t need any special tools to turn them into suitable planters. Plus, they’re super cute, great for outdoor use, and country chic!

All you’ll need to make this DIY planter is a metal colander, spray paint, some coffee filters, succulent soil, and succulents. If you want to turn your colander into a hanging planter, you’ll also need a flower pot hanging kit.

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The first thing you should do is spray paint your colander and let it dry completely. Once it’s nice and dry, layer some coffee filters in the bottom so that they cover most of the holes. This will prevent soil from spilling out of the colander while still allowing water to drain.

Next, fill your colander almost to the top with soil. Arrange your succulents in the colander just the way you want them, and top it up with more soil until it’s completely full.

If you don’t want to hang your planter, you’re all done! Put your finished planter on your patio, sit back, and admire your handiwork.

If you’d like to hang it up, grab your flower pot hanging kit and follow the instructions on the package to attach the hooks and chain. Don’t worry, it’s not hard—you’ll be done in no time!

Coffee Cans

Almost everybody has empty coffee or tea cans lying around the house. Turning them into succulent planters is a snap, especially if they already have designs on the outside. We like to use tea cans in particular because they almost always have pretty logos on them like these tea cans!

If you’re using a plain tin can that doesn’t have any kind of design, though, you can decorate the outside to give it a more polished look. You can paint it a fun, bright color, or use Mod Podge to attach patterned scrapbook paper to it. The possibilities are pretty much endless, so decorate your can however you want!

Before you plant your succulents in your finished can, make sure you drill a drainage hole or two at the bottom. Pots without good drainage can cause your succulents to rot.

If you want to hang your finished coffee cans, you can use a long piece of twine to tie them together. Line up your cans right next to each other and wrap the twine around them one at a time, tying a knot to secure each one as you go. Once they’re all connected, you can hang them up on your wall using a nail or a Command hook.

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When you plant your succulents, make sure to pack the soil in nice and tight—the cans will hang on their sides, so the soil could spill out if you don’t pack it in well enough.



Coffee mug planters hidden cactus mug

Staying with the coffee theme, you can turn coffee mugs into planters for succulents. They look adorable on kitchen counters and windowsills. Any kind of coffee mug will do, but we like to use these cactus mugs because they’re super adorable!

Before you plant succulents in your mug, you’ll need to drill a drainage hole in the bottom. Drilling holes in ceramic is kind of tricky, so check out this video if you need some help!

If you want to save some space, you can hang these mug planters up. You can hammer some nails into your wall and hang the mugs on them by their handles. Lightweight coffee mugs like ones made out of aluminum can even be strung together using twine and hung from a Command hook.


The weather’s turning warm, so you’re probably not using your soup spoons much… why not repurpose one of them into a beautiful succulent planter?

If you’ve never heard of this DIY project before, it might sound a little weird! But a popular trend right now is to use soup spoons or ladles as hanging planters for succulents. You would think that a ladle would be too small to house a plant, but small succulents seem to grow in them just fine. We’ve even seen people load up their spoons with several succulents to create lush arrangements.

If you have ladles with curved handles, you can put up a clothesline in your home or garden and hang them from there. If your ladle has a hole in the handle, it can be hung on a nail.

Rain Boots

DIY rain boot succulent planter

Can you tell that we love rustic, country chic planters? Rainboot planters will add tons of Southern charm to your front porch no matter where you live.

Grab an old pair of polka-dotted rain boots, a pocket knife, succulent soil, and some succulents, and get ready to DIY!

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The first thing that you need to do is poke some holes in your rubber rain boots. You should poke several holes in the soles and a few near the top of the boots.

Next, fill the boots almost all the way to the top with soil. Place your succulents in there, and once you have them the way you want them, fill up the boot with some more soil until it reaches the top.

You’re all done! See, wasn’t that easy? You’ll turn all of your old boots into adorable succulent planters in no time!

We hope that this post has inspired you to roll up your sleeves and create some awesome succulent planters from scratch. We can’t wait to put our succulents in that cute cactus mug and our old rain boots!

Want a full in-depth guide for planting your succulents and cacti? Check it out here.

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Which DIY are you most excited to make? Let us know in the comments below. Happy planting!