How to Make a Living Air Plant Wreath

Create a living wreath with tillandsia, moss and elements from your landscape.
DIY: Airplant Wreath

DIY: Airplant Wreath

Airplants add a unique element to this garden inspired wreath.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Airplants add a unique element to this garden inspired wreath.

As the fall days usher in cooler weather, there are signs that the garden is getting ready for its slumber. This is the time when I discover beautiful things to incorporate into my crafts, from blueberry bush branches, faded climbing hydrangea blossoms, pine cones, acorns, fall colored leaves, seeds and milkweed pods. As the seasons change, the gardens change too.

During this time of year, I am constantly thinking of ways to bring the outdoors inside. One very easy way to do that is by introducing tillandsia, or air plants, into my home. I love them because they require very little care and can survive a bit of neglect. If I had to admit to a gardening addiction, air plants would be right up there!

Tillandsia are part of the bromeliad family. They thrive in good filtered light and enjoy a misting of water at least once or twice per week. They also love a place with good air circulation. This is because they require no soil and get their nutrients and water needs through their leaves. This makes them perfect candidates for a wreath. 

To make a wreath of your own, head outside with a pair of garden clippers and see what you can scavenge from your surroundings. Here are the supplies you will need to get started.

Supply List:

  • One wire wreath frame
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Green floral wire
  • Scissors
  • 11 air plants
  • Garden elements like branches or flowers
  • Twigs

Now take a peek at the photos and accompanying captions in the gallery below for all the step-by-step instructions:

Air Plant Wreath How-To

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Craft an Air Plant Wreath

Learn how to make a moss and tillandsia wreath inspired by the garden.

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Add Wire

Leaving the floral wire attached to the spool. Tether the end to the wreath like so. 

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Moss Time

Take a large handful of sphagnum moss and place it on the frame. Unroll the floral wire and wrap it tightly around the moss to keep it in place.

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Tie it Off

Once you have gone all the way around the wreath, trim the wire end and secure it to the wreath's frame with a twist.

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Wire Your Plants

Cut a length of floral wire approximately 6 inches. Wrap it around the base of the air plant as shown here.

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Make a Hole

With your finger, make a small hole through the sphagnum moss on the front of the wreath where you would like to place an air plant.

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Add the Plant

Insert the air plant's wires through the hole on the wreath and secure the air plant in place by twisting the wires on the back side of the wreath onto the frame.

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Place the Plants

Continue the same technique and attach the air plants to your wreath. Save a few air plants to attach at the end to fill in any voids.

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Garden Findings

Search your landscape for durable natural items that don't mind being spritzed with water when you care for your wreath. I trimmed what remained from the climbing hydrangea's blooms from the main bush. I removed any remaining blossoms, added wire and secured them to the wreath in the same fashion as the air plants.

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Blueberry Bush Branches

I also trimmed some spend branches from the blueberry bushes and added those to the wreath as well.

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Coming Together

The wreath is beginning to take shape.

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Final Touches

Take a peek at your wreath and see if there are any bare spots. If so, simply wire on one of those air plants that you set aside like so.

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Wreath Care

To care for this wreath, give the air plants a gently spritz of water once a week. Keep out of direct sunlight. This wreath can be enjoyed indoors or out depending on your climate.

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