Make an Inexpensive Hanging Air Plant Terrarium From a Holiday Ornament

Make an Inexpensive Hanging Air Plant Terrarium From a Holiday Ornament

A couple months ago I shared some inexpensive holiday ornaments I came across while browsing the festive isles being stocked for the upcoming season.  The moment I spotted one of the $2 ornaments this vision of a hanging terrarium immediately popped in my head.
As I have mentioned before, I really like having a little pile of extra gifts for the unexpected
this time of year. These hanging terrariums are inexpensive and a breeze to put together, plus they contain a living plant – which I think makes a great lasting gift. Especially the air plant  –  it is one of the easiest plants to care for making it wonderful for anyone who enjoys plants but does not have the time to care for them. {no green thumbs required}

Hanging Air Plant Terrariums
Materials Needed:
Holiday Ornaments from Walmart {$1.97}
Spray Paint {optional}
Sphagnum Moss
Small Air Plants
I picked up the Air Plants at Joss & Main as a special during their Black Friday event.
 I used the mystery credit they gave to each member so the set only cost a few dollars.
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They change their sales frequently, and the air plants have since passed, however you can find them from the same seller on Amazon. I purchased the Tillandsia Ionantha Air Plants but they also have several other unique varieties. I am always pretty skeptical purchasing plants online as I’m a little picky about my greens, but these arrived safely, looking wonderful and healthy.
I sprayed the ornaments in an array of metallics:
Krylon Satin Nickel, Champagne Nouveau and Rust-Oleum Gold.
The Air Plants do not require dirt as they  absorb nutrients and necessary water through their leaves. I did stuff some dry sphagnum moss inside just to fill the hole in a bit and stabilize the Air Plants.
Nestle the plant in the opening.
Note: There is no need to moisten the moss as it is just for decorative purposes. Keep the moss dry – the air plants do not do well when they remain wet for extended periods of time.
Air Plants only require three things:
Bright indirect light, good air circulation, and an occasional watering
To water pull out the plant and soak it in water once a week – once dry just tuck it back in
I’ll be making some printable gift cards in the next few days that include the care instructions.
I will post them here if anyone decides to make and give a few away.
I am delighted with these as they are just what I envisioned – looking past the bright fuchsia –
and costing just under $5 each to make.
Have a fabulous week – enjoy.


  1. What a terrific little hostess gift or spur of the moment present for someone you didn’t have on your list! I love it! I want one too 😉

    LOVE this!

  3. These are amazing! I love your ideas 🙂

    xoxo, Tanya

  4. Can I keep them? They’re to cute to give….thanks its a great idea.

  5. Love these! So unique! I may have to save this idea for next year. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Very cute idea and creative. Love them.


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  8. Oh wow! You always have great ideas.
    It is really nice to give this terrarium as a gift. It has a living plant and they will look after this very well by remembering us.

  9. this is so genius, i can’t even take it. i’ve always wanted air plants, and i bought them on joss and main with the glass holders that look pretty much like these ornaments. i seriously love this!

  10. So unique! Thanks for sharing along with sources. Ginger



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