Exotic looking air plants (epiphytes) are so named because they grow without soil and derive everything they need to survive from the air. With proper care, this unique centerpiece made with air plants will last through the Holidays and into the New Year.
Material Needed to Make an Air Plant Centerpiece
* Chicken wire
* Spanish moss
* Tillandsias (assorted air plants in the bromeliad family)
* Wire cutters
* Craft adhesive
Make the Base for the Air Plants
Determine the size of the desired centerpiece, then cut the chicken wire to the desired length and eight inches wide. Place the Spanish moss in the center of the chicken wire, going from end to end length-wise.
Roll the chicken wire over the Spanish moss to form a tube. Fold the cut ends of the wire down and bend the wire ends together to fasten. Do the same thing on each end of the chicken wire tube. Place the chicken wire tube on a work surface covered with newspaper and fashion into the desired shape. The tube is flexible and can be fashioned into a circle, oval or S shape.
Arrange the Air Plants on the Centerpiece Base
Begin with the largest air plants and loosely arrange on the centerpiece base, fill in gaps with smaller air plants until the base is covered. Depending on the variety of tillandsias chosen, some will produce blooms while other air plants will remain small tufts of greenery.
Once the air plants are arranged as desired, pick them up, one at a time, and place a dab of the craft adhesive near the base of each air plant (not on the plant’s roots). Place the air plant back into the arrangement and hold in place until the craft adhesive sets. After all the air plants have been secured into the base with craft adhesive, allow the glue to dry for several hours before moving the centerpiece arrangement.
Caring for the Air Plant Centerpiece
Air plants have simple requirements – good air circulation, bright light and moisture. An uncluttered tabletop provides the adequate air circulation, but if the table is in a dark room, move the air plant centerpiece near a window during the day. Tillandsias love bright light but will not tolerate direct sunlight.
Mist the air plants with water every day and give them a good soaking once a week by placing the entire centerpiece in the sink and gently running water over it. Shake off any excess water. With the tillandsia’s requirements properly met, this unique air plant centerpiece will last through the Holidays and for weeks (perhaps months) into the new Year.