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Tillandsia Garden Art

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.

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 the star ball before its embellishment with tillandsias aka air plants

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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.

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these next few pictures show different close up views

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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???

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 this is the finished piece.  because the stars are so even, it looks a bit like a fish face!


 
LINKS

Here’s how to keep your tillandsias alive & well:

How To Care For Your Air Plants

We sell a nice assortment of air plants!

Here are more fun tillandsia projects:

7 Easy Air Plant Adornments

An Easy Piece Of Art With Driftwood, Tillandsias And Succulents

Creating With Tillandsias

 

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2 comments:

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  3. loved your video !! on the terra cotta
    star ball before its embellishment with tillandsias aka air plants
    =any idea where i might purchase these spheres or other hollow/pierced terra cotta spheres (could not find any on internet)
    ….many thanks and happy gardening, sanders

  4. Thank you so much Sanders! I bought that ball (it’s actually a lantern) when a SF Bay Area nursery was having a closeout sale on them. I saw them on amazon a while ago but now they’re out of stock, perhaps discontinued. Maybe you can find one on ebay? Wish I could help! Nell

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