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Sand Art Terrarium DIY plus How to Care for Air Plants

February 4, 2018
Sand Art Air Plant Terrarium DIY

I love terrariums for displaying small plants. They create a beautiful focal point on a bookcase, plus they’re so fun to make! This Sand Art Terrarium DIY can easily be customized to fit in with your decor. I went with a coastal theme, but it would also look great in other colors.

Succulents are all the rage right now, but let’s not forget about air plants. They’re pretty amazing! They don’t need soil to grow, so you’re not limited by planters. The air plants just sit on top of the sand. They don’t grow roots, so you can switch up your terrarium if the mood strikes.

(Don’t forget to scroll down to read about how to care for your little air plants)

Sand Art Terrarium DIY Supplies:
Air Plants
Terrarium
Colored Sand
Assorted seashells

Sand Art Air Plant Terrarium DIY
Sand Art Air Plant Terrarium DIY

Pour the first layer of sand into the terrarium.

Sand Art Air Plant Terrarium DIY

Smooth it out with your hand to make sure it is level.

Sand Art Air Plant Terrarium DIY

Pour the subsequent layers of sand into the terrarium slowly so you don’t disturb the layers below. Level out each layer with you hand before pouring a new one.

Sand Art Air Plant Terrarium DIY
Arrange the air plants and seashells in the Sand Art Terrarium DIY.

How to Care for Air Plants

Air plants (aka Tillandsia) don’t need soil to grow, so some people make the mistake of thinking that they don’t have to do anything to take care of them. Air plants are low maintenance, but they do have a few requirements:

Light: Bright, filtered sunlight is a must for air plants. They will not be happy in a dark bathroom, even though there’s plenty of humidity.

Water: The leaves on air plants absorb moisture. If you plants are indoors, they are unlikely to get enough moisture from the air. Heat/air conditioning dry out the air indoors and rob it of moisture. Misting the plants with water can raise humidity but it’s often not enough water. The best way to water air plants is to place them in a dish of room temperature water for 5-10 minutes. Remove them from water, shake them off and place them on a paper towel in a bright spot to dry. If air plants are allowed to stand in water for an extended period of time, they will rot. It’s recommended that you water air plants every 1-2 weeks.
The hotter/dryer the air, the more often you need to water.
How to Care for Air Plants
Air plants Tillandsia

 

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