DIY: Five ways to rock the air plant

By Julia Dilworth, 24 hours Vancouver


If you’re looking for some low maintenance greenery with endless decor possibilities — the air plant is it

My best friend had an air plant terrarium in her bathroom for a year before someone told her it needed to be watered.

That’s my kind of plant.

And one Vancouver creative has taken the soil-free sensation to new heights, using it as an accoutrement in the most unexpected ways.

Britt Schafer, of Treehaus Creations, first spied the air plant craze in Brooklyn a few years back and felt inspired to take up the trend at home.

Ahead of her appearance at Woodward’s Artisan Market June 7, Schafer shares with us five ways to accessorize the air plant.

How to:

  • Urchin shells: Just stuff ’em in and let them dry after watering before putting them back (or the base could rot and lead to untimely death).
  • Wood magnets: Boil driftwood for 15-20 minutes, rinse and repeat to be sure crawlies aren’t hiding in it. When dry, drill a hole to fit air plant. If you glue, Schafer recommends E-6000 as it won’t harm plants and is tolerant for watering. Before mounting, seal wood with satin varnish spray.
  • Terrarium: “Easy breezy! Collect rocks and accessories from wherever and decorate as you please!”
  • Skateboard wheels: Schafer simply painted used wheels and filled with a plant. Roughed-up wheels hold paint best.
  • Agate slabs: Schafer says, “I just show up with my glue and a plant and stick that puppy wherever I please.”


Basic air plant care:

  • Get plants wet one to two times a week. Shake off excess water so it's not built up in leaf pockets — they like to be completely dry within four hours of being watered.
  • Bright, indirect light.
  • Air plants will also benefit from the odd one-hour soak, around once a month or before and after you travel and are away for more than a week. 



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