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DIY Air Plant Terrariums

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Our DIY blogger is Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, one of the best maker blogs we know.

Living and working in the hustle and bustle of downtown LA, I love to add plants and flowers to my home. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to create my own floral bouquets and terrariums to bring the outdoors inside my space. Here I teach you how to make an air plant terrarium. They are not only easy to make, but also very easy to maintain.

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glass cups and globes

live air plants

reindeer moss


small white rocks

decorative stones


1. Soak the air plants in water for about 30 minutes. Then, gently shake any excess water off the base of the plants (not doing so could damage the plant).

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2. Add about an inch of rocks and stones into your glass cup/globe.

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3. Gently place an air plant into the glass cup/globe. Make sure the base of the plant is on the rocks, not the glass.

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4. Add pieces of moss or lichen to decorate the terrarium.

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5. To take care of your air plant, simply spray with water a few times a week.

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  1. Susan Hineman February 10, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Love these. You’ve inspired me to makes them. I bought the glass globes just wasn’t sure what plants I needed and how to do them. Thanks for the idea. Happy planting. Susan

  2. Patricia temple February 10, 2015 at 5:58 PM

    Where do you find air plants?

  3. Judy Gray February 11, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    Where do you get air plant?

  4. Brenda Teague February 11, 2015 at 3:50 AM

    I have seen these in stores but they looked so complicated. Thank you for your tutorial. I know I will have a great time giving it a try.

  5. serafin torres February 11, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Love this.

  6. Clara Turner February 11, 2015 at 8:48 AM

    I’ve been told not to use the white lime stones as it kills your plants. It looks like what you have used.If not then what are you using.

  7. Stella February 11, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    So cute and easy. Want to get these for my fireplace mantel. Thank you!

  8. Milanie February 11, 2015 at 3:38 PM

    Some plants that I have (Venus flytrap) are sensitive to what type of water is used. Do you use tap water, purified water or distilled water for the air plants?

  9. Nina February 11, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Hi Brenda, so happy you like it! Let us know how it goes.

  10. Nina February 11, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Thanks, Serafin!

  11. Nina February 12, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Hi Milanie, I’m passing this answer on from Aimee, author of this blog post: “Because distilled water is too pure, it will pull nutrients from the air plant. Refrain from using distilled water. I use filtered or bottled water.”

  12. Nina February 12, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Hi Clara, I’m passing this answer on from Aimee, author of this blog post: “I used ornamental potting stones similar to this: I have been liking the quality, and my air plants are still healthy and green. :).”

  13. Nina February 12, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Hi Judy! You can find them right here on eBay:

  14. Nina February 12, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    Hi Patricia, thanks for reading! You can find live air plants right here on eBay:

  15. Nina February 12, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Susan! So glad – hope you enjoy your terrariums for a long time to come. 🙂

  16. Dottie Elmore February 12, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    I want to try this. Hope it works.

  17. Shiela February 24, 2015 at 4:26 PM

    Just received my air plants, have all the materials found beautiful rocks in Yuma Arizona can’t wait to get started! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful idea.

  18. Nina February 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Amazing, Sheila! Thanks so much for reading!! Happy planting.

  19. Rosie March 3, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Can you list all the items I would need to start these and where to go to purchase I really want to try this.

  20. Nina March 4, 2015 at 6:30 PM

    Hi Rosie, click on each of the items listed under supplies to find what you need on eBay. 🙂

  21. Jim March 5, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Some tap water supplies are hard with chemicals that will settle and clog up the leaves of the air plants, so make sure your water does not leave residue.

  22. Valerie Snider March 7, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    These are way cool! At Christmas I started to collect hand blown glass ornaments. After Christmas I choose my favorite 3 or 4 to go on a free standing display hanger. Thank you for your great instructions on how to make terrariums! I really want one. I have a resurrection fern and everything else except the globe. I just wanted to tell you thank you very much!

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