Window Makeover: Air Garden Tutorial

Decorating with plants is a great way to add life to interior spaces.  If you're looking for a simple way to add plants to your space, invest in low-maintenance greenery like air plants.  The only thing air plants, otherwise known as Tillandsia, need to survive is water – no soil necessary.

With so many air plant ideas out there, it can be hard to know what style to choose or where to get started.  That's why we created this DIY hanging air garden tutorial to keep things simple and help you create a lively space.

The items needed to make a hanging air plant setting on a patio table

Hanging Air Garden Tutorial
What you'll need: Hanging glass terrariums, Tillandsia, desert potting soil, sand or pebbles, fishing line, scissors, ceiling hooks.

Step 1: Place air plant inside glass container.

Step 2: Add enough sand, pebbles or soil to secure the air plant.

Step 3: Use scissors to cut fishing line to desired hanging length.  Feed one end of the line through the terrarium and tie a knot to secure the line to it.

Step 4: Secure ceiling hook to ceiling, loop the fishing line around the hook and make another knot to finish hanging the plant.

Step 5: Repeat steps 1 – 4 until you have created as many plants as you want in your garden.  Vary the height of the plants to fill the window space and fill terrariums with miniature accessories, like a colored stone or other fairy garden accents.

Expert Tips: Place your air garden in a window that receives indirect sunlight (not full sun) and has good air circulation.  To keep your air plants happy and healthy, mist them with water once a week.  Every three or four weeks, soak them in room temperature tap water for 20-30 minutes.  After soaking, shake the excess water from your plants, turn them upside down and place them on a towel in a bright space to dry.

Contact your local Pella sales representative to learn more about how windows can add natural light that's perfect for plants.


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A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.