Well you know how it is my friends. Air plants are one of the few plants I manage to keep alive, so of course my collection of these little guys grows monthly, as does my collection of places to house them!
The latest idea I had was to hang some from the wall on little stone shelves but unsurprisingly stone isn’t the easiest thing to craft with. Enter my favourite super cheeky craft material – granite spray paint! Easy to use and cheap to boot, I just love how this stuff lets me completely transform the look of any DIY I use it on. Want to know more? Follow along to make yourself some little air plant shelves of your own!
- Balsa wood (mine was around 5mm thick)
- Wood glue
- X-acto knife
- Stone spray paint
- Cotton thread
Measure and mark four identical rectangles onto your balsa wood with a ruler and pencil. You can make them any size you like as long as they’re equal (as a guide, mine measured 10cm long by 5cm wide). When you’re measuring, just make sure each rectangle is large enough to house your air plants once all four are put together – the bigger the plant, the larger your measurements will need to be.
Once you’ve marked your rectangles, cut them out with an x-acto knife (or a razor saw if your balsa wood is very thick).
Give the pieces a light sand to remove any rough edges, then glue two of the rectangles together so they’re at right-angles.
Repeat Step 2 with the other two pieces. You should now have two ‘corners’.
Glue the two corners together so they form a square.
Once the glue has dried completely, coat your wood square in granite spray paint.
When the paint had dried, you can simply stand the finished holder up on your desk and use it as-is, or tie a piece of thread around one corner and hang it up on your wall.
Note: My air plants are very cooperative and sit nicely in the holders without having to tie them down (yay!). If yours are a little more wayward, use a piece of wire or some thread to tie them to the holders.
How’s that for a nice and easy DIY? And also, is stone spray paint awesome or what? If you’ve used it recently in a project, leave me a note below, I’d love to see your fantastic creations!