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DIY Project: Air Plant Pots

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I looooove air plants because even if I kill them, they’re cheap enough to replace and keep like 20 scattered around the house. So i have a half of dozen planters and holders for them, but could always use more.

I found these doll heads that had flat bottoms and would stand up perfectly straight — and even though dip dying might be totally last year, i decided to dip dye. i was hoping they’d kind of look like little pieces of like, southwestern pottery, which they kind of do…?


  • WOODEN DOLL HEADS (the flat bottom makes them way better)




1. Using your drill bit, drill 1″ holes in your doll heads. we used 2 bar clamps to grab the ball from all four sides, squeezing them tight around the sphere and weighing the ends down with dumbbells to hold the whole thing in place while we drilled. let the drill to the work and don’t press down too hard or you’ll get a lot of wobble. press slowly and lightly.

2. Using a couple of little containers, fill them with varying amounts of water and dye. mix well.

3. Dip your pot and each — i did different times for each, varying between 1-10 minutes at different levels to get them to come out with different patterns.

They make the perfect little desktop accessories.

Another version with color

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  • 2 1/2″ wooden doll heads (that’s what the wooden balls are labeled; they also have a flat bottom)

  • Drill

  • 1″ drill bit

  • Painter’s tape

  • Craft paint

  • Paintbrush

  • Air plants (can be found at any plant store/garden center)

Directions: 1. Mark the top center of your wooden ball and proceed to drill your hole going about 3/4″ deep into the ball. I hand this to my husband to do.

2. Decide if you want to paint an even bottom section or want the color to go on diagonally, then tape off the top of the wooden ball to designate the area to be painted. Make sure the tape is securely on and proceed to painting on your color. I did one coat of paint on my pot and allowed it to dry completely before applying the second coat (I did two coats total). Allow to dry completely before removing the tape.

3. Place air plant inside the top and voila… you’ve got a cool air plant pot!

This is definitely inspired by the cool air plant pots from Bird & Feather, so if you’re not a DIY-er, you could just pick one up from them. It’s just another fresh and modern way to display air plants. I shared about how I like to display them on rocks in this post. Air plants are so great because they really are so easy to maintain. I keep mine in a bright spot and gather them all in a bowl of water once a week to soak for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, I let them dry completely on a towel before putting them back in their designated spots. I’ve neglected a couple once before and they ended up drying out, but they look cool dried out too. Though, a dried out one probably won’t look that cool in this color blocked pot!

After I made these, another air plant display idea came to me, so once I can enlist Ben’s help for some drilling, I’ll share that one with you too! If you think you have a brown thumb, don’t be afraid to try air plants. They are good plants to start with and very inexpensive, so you won’t feel as bad if they dry out on you.

Both air plant pots looks fun to do. It's just a matter of which way do you want to explore your hidden creative talent. Have fun and create!


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