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Crafting with Air Plants and Wire

Hooray! It’s the gardening season kickoff weekend, at least if you are in Seattle. This weekend I’m going to be on the DIY stage at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show to demonstrate some cool projects that you can do with air plants. Speaking at the show is one of my gardening season highlights each year (last year, I did a live demo of how to make seed-paper greeting cards) and the official kick off to gardening season.

Three air plants affixed to river stones with wire

The show is now in its 30th year, and there will be 75 speakers at the show this year over 5 days (February 7-11), so it’s a wonderful way to sit back and learn something new and interesting to bring home to your garden. You can read about highlights from my past visits to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in these posts:

On both Saturday and Sunday, I’ll be on the DIY Stage to do a workshop on crafting with air plants and wire.

Close-up image of a wreath base with air plants and moss attached

I love that air plants can grow just about anywhere. Without the confines of a pot, the possibilities are endless: you can put them on your wall, you can set them on the mantle, or hang them on a wreath. One of my pet peeves, however, is seeing air plants glued onto things! Glued! Can you believe it?

Of course, this is not uncommon and many nurseries and air-plant experts glue air plants to wreaths and backdrops. The glue is safe for air plants and won’t kill them, but it is certainly not the best option if you want to have long-living, healthy plants. I have purchased some gorgeous displays with air plants glued onto them and I can never water them properly.

Read about how to properly water air plants here.

Anything that you use to attach an air plant should be either watertight so it can be submerged in water or easy to remove the air plant from for bath time.

But even if you can water them properly, the plants will grow out of the glue and start to look pretty rough after a while. Pruning them is another important part of keeping them healthy and you can see in this post how I revitalized the plants that were glued onto a grapevine wreath and used copper colored craft wire instead.

Grapevine wreath with air plants on white background

At my workshops this Saturday and Sunday, I’m going to show five different projects for crafting with air plants and wire that allow you to water them properly and allow the plants to thrive. I hope you’ll come to check them out and see how to make these projects.

If you happen to miss it then I’ll come back in a few weeks and maybe I’ll make a video on some of the projects.

Here is the info on when/where I’m speaking this weekend. Hope to see you there! For more detailed descriptions of the events, see my Speaker Information Page.


Saturday, Feb 10 at 5:00 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow

Sunday, Feb 11 at 1:30 pm / DIY Stage / Book signing to follow



Sunday, Feb 11 at 11:00 am / Designer’s Arena


  1. Excellent information! Hopefully I can save my plants. they got glued with silicone (recommended on another site) and I noticed they were dying. I pulled them all out of the silicone, I hope they arent poisoned. I will pull of the dead and hope for the living.

    Thank you.

  2. This information was so informative I am just starting out with air plants I never realised there was so many take care Kimba


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