Let’s make a DIY Air Plant Terrarium!

One of the trendiest things going right now is making terrariums. There’s a new business close to me, and  all they do is host workshops on how to make terrariums. It looks really fun, and I would love to go make one with them. But in the meantime, I’m sharing one I made for a new air plant acquisition here at home. I’ve shared easy projects with you before, but this one might be the easiest yet.

Isn’t this pretty?



I’m going to be upfront with you. This is not the most inexpensive thing I’ve ever made. But….it’s so pretty and I absolutely love it.  I picked up the glass terrarium last spring as a half off sale price item, plus another 20% off. So, it was around eight bucks. I found one just like it online, and it’s way more than $8, but I’m sharing it with you anyway. That same website has a ton of other pretty designs, so you might find something else you really like. I see several I would like to have. I’m not affiliated with them. I’m simply sharing the information in case you really like my project.

What do you need to make this DIY Air Plant Terrarium?

  1. The glass vessel of your choosing
  2. Aquarium Sand
  3. Something decorative, and I used the glass top dressing
  4. An Air Plant
  5. A big spoon to put the sand and the decorative stuff inside the terrarium


I picked up the sand, the glass “rocks” and the plant at my favorite garden center. If you are in Virginia Beach, it’s the Anderson’s out in Red Mill. If you visit the area, definitely check them out while you’re here! They have a great restaurant as well as other souvenir shopping. I’m also not affiliated with them in any way. I just really love to go there.

To make the project:

  1. Pour the sand into the vessel.
  2. Spoon or place the decorative rocks or glass.
  3. Place the air plant inside.


And voila, your project is done.



Isn’t that pretty? This is really easy to personalize in terms of the sand you select and if you go with the glass pieces or other decorative rocks. The combinations are endless! I liked this glass product in this color, because it reminded me of the precious gemstone, Citrine. I love that stone.



Air plants are pretty interesting plants. They do need to be watered, so don’t think you’re never going to have to do anything for this plant. If you want something that’s totally maintenance free, then a silk plant is what you want. And they have nice ones now, so don’t let people make you feel bad if a silk plant is better for your lifestyle.

Air Plants are Tillandsia, an epiphyte, and are found everywhere from jungles to high mountain regions. They attach to their host….rocks or trees…using their roots and use their leaves to both photosynthesize and absorb water and nutrients. They need bright light and must be watered at least once a week. If your humidity is low then watering 3-4 times a week is not unheard of. To do this, lay them in a shallow dish and saturate them with water. Let them sit there for 30 minutes or so. Misting the leaves while they are in the water is a great way to water them.  The point is to get the water onto the leaves and NOT on the roots. Sand is such a great medium to rest them on, because it won’t hold any water. You need the roots to dry out immediately, or your beautiful air plant can rot.  You can even submerge them upside down in a glass of water for 15 minutes to get them watered.

If you take good care of your Tillandsia, you will be rewarded with stunning blooms. I’m super excited about that! It’s such an interesting plant.



That’s pretty much the whole project.  Once you get your pieces together, you can assemble this in 15 minutes. It’s really easy. You can find any sort of glass vessel and use that to cradle the air plant. It would be lovely for a table arrangement at a shower or tea. I think it’s a fun project for a slumber party. I’m always thinking of fun projects for slumber parties. Anything to get teenagers off the phones and netflix and actually DOING something in the real world.

I hope you enjoy this project! If you make some of these, tag me on Instagram so I can see them! I have two of them I’m working on now. @pattymacknits is going to be all knitting and yarn related updates and @pattymac.handmade for my other assorted projects such as gardening, cooking and sewing.  Follow both for twice the fun!

Author: Pattymac

Patty loves figuring out new ways to use pom poms, where to stash more yarn and is always wondering what to bake next...chocolate or lemon? When not dreaming up new things to knit (or bake), she loves riding her beach cruiser on the Boardwalk, escaping to mid week movie matinees, and planting new things in her container garden.