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#putanairplantonit (or how I stopped watching Portlandia to play with Air Plants)

So to say we’ve become a little air plant crazy at Potted these days would be an understatement.  If it’s possible, we #putanairplantonit.  And Instagram has only made this obsession well…more obsessive.


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On a City Planter…doesn’t that look lovely?


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On this super groovy Skull Planter.


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In this tiny Day of the Dead candlestick holder (or is it a ring holder?)  Who cares?  If you can #putanairplantonit, we love it.


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We’ve made Tillandsia Trees with glue and Manzanita branches.


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We’ve layered sand in hanging glass containers and perched air plants on top like tiny Dr. Seuss trees.


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We’ve sat them in Tiny Ceramic Cups (don’t you just love the Concrete Diamond in the background by our good friend designer Dustin Gimbel?)


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We’ve used repetition to create simple beauty.


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We’ve done absolutely nothing and just paired the right plant with the right perch (thank you, Titia Estes, for this lovely little bowl).


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We’ve shoved them into these super adorable hanging Air Pods and hung them everywhere. (this Facebook post got 20,000 views!!!!)  Apparently we aren’t the only air plant crazy people out there.  And to that end, it got me wondering…what were other people doing with air plants?  So here are some of my favorite ideas from Instagram and Pinterest that I wanted to share to hopefully inspire you to come up with even more.  Forgive me if I don’t credit them all…honestly I don’t remember where they all came from.  I think I lost my mind one night.


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This mobile from Craft Organic in Florida made my heart swoon.  Love following them on Instagram too (@craftorganic).  If you’re interested in making mobiles, we’re having an air plant mobile class this Saturday 2/8…just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Sign up here.


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Here’s another mobile…so simple and so lovely.


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And here is the Godzilla of all mobiles.  I’ve seen many posts of this screen…it’s amazing.


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These are from Petit Beast (I love it when people watermark their photos so I know who they are).  We do a variation on this with the urchin shells, but these guys really have fabulous photos (and beautiful work).


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I would kill for these.  They are just clay slabs fired into a circle.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  What else could you use?


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This makes me pretty darn happy.  I mean, come on…#putanairplantonit!!!!!


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I’d say these go together, wouldn’t you?


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Pretty sure these are hanging up there with something called a Thigmotrope from Flora Grubb Design.


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Here’s a massive display using the same Thigmotropes.  I can’t imagine what this would cost (even wholesale) but I would love one.


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These Air Plant Frames are from local Los Angeles artist, Josh Rosen.  You can submerge the whole frame without having to take out each plant.


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I’m going to make one of these right away…simplest air plant hanger I’ve ever seen.


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This Tillandsia Tree makes mine look anemic.  I love it!


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And this is cool.  Gotta love a hot glue gun.


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This is a stunning natural arrangement.


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And here’s a REALLY natural arrangement.  This is actually an alley in Eagle Rock.  Now this guy’s got a green thumb.


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Last one because this post is getting too long.  But I think my point has been made.  You can do just about anything with Tillandsias.


So if you want to come by this Saturday and play with power tools and try your own hand at concocting an air plant mobile, sign up here and come have some fun.  And if you can’t come (or don’t live in the hood), share your creations on Instagram at #putanairplantonit.  We’d love to be inspired by you.


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2 Responses to “#putanairplantonit (or how I stopped watching Portlandia to play with Air Plants)”

  1. Nell Foster says:

    I love Air Plants. Mine happily live on my front porch requiring practically no care at all. All the designs in your post are fabulous by the way!

  2. annette says:

    Why thanks, Nell. I have a ton on my front porch too…so easy!

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