Tillandsia Garden Art
I’d been gardening away for a client up in the San Francisco Bay Area this past May planting posies and pruning like a maniac. One of my usual stops on the way home to Santa Barbara is a destination spot just south of San Jose for those who crave pottery, fountains, statuary and the like. They have a mark down area in the way back where I always find a pot I must have. Instead, I found garden art which now is embellished with tillandsias.
This time I found something right outside the front of the store which was not marked down but that didn’t matter. I wanted it! I knew this terra cotta star ball (which is actually meant to have a light inside) would look great unadorned in the garden or all dressed up. I might eventually paint it but for now it remains as is.
the star ball before its embellishment with tillandsias aka air plants
some of the air plants I create with
You’ll find a video at the end which shows me at my work table creating this piece. If you wanted to make something similar but couldn’t find one of these balls, then a lantern with cutouts or a bird cage would be a fine alternative.
This project is really easy to do. I started by arranging the top, which is a melody of air plants, and worked my way down. It’s a matter of what looks pleasing and somewhat balanced to your eye. I attached the plants with wire or just worked them into the star with a little Spanish moss because this is not a permanent piece. You could secure the air plants on with a dab of E6000 waterproof adhesive.
these next few pictures show different close up views
As you can see, I’ve used Spanish moss in some of the stars. In places it helps to anchor in the tillandsias and in others I used it merely for aesthetics. If you want a jazzier look, then use the preserved moss which is available in a wide rainbow of colors. Purple of hot pink perhaps???
this is the finished piece. because the stars are so even, it looks a bit like a fish face!
Here’s how to keep your tillandsias alive & well:
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