Ever since I saw these hanging globes I knew I wanted one – or three – to take up a corner of my house somewhere. They immediately went on my wish list, where they have remained. Until recently. CB2 had a Christmas sale with free shipping and I immediately nabbed a few of these little guys.
My initial idea for these were for what they were originally intended: candleholders. Then I heard about Tillandsias (or airplants, as they are commonly known) and started drooling over putting together one of these airplant terrariums. Cool fact about Tillandsias: they don’t need soil to live! That’s why they’re called airplants. You can put them basically anywhere as long as they have sunlight and get watered occasionally.
I like the look of colored sand in a terrarium – like this sky blue sand or this purple sand – but a trip to my local craft shop did not prove fruitful. Since I intended one of these to go to my big bossy sis for her birthday, I asked if she preferred rocks or sand in a terrarium. Luckily for me, she chose rocks.
I debated over which kinds of airplants to get and what to use as fillers. Air Plant Supply Co. has a great selection of plants – and awesome customer service (my first batch didn’t make it and they graciously sent me a new shipment) – so I chose three of their smaller plants. I was so excited when they came in the mail!
I gingergly unpacked the little guys, giddy with excitement. And yes, I actually gave them names.
The orange-y Ionatha Selecta is for Auntie Laura and Gwen gave her a special name (not sure how to spell it – we’ll have to let Auntie decide), the green Ionatha Guatemala is “Spike” and the purple-tipped Ionatha Rubra is “Ruby.”
Along with the plants, I filled the glass globes with black rocks, dried pods from the floral section of the craft store, and Pinterest-inspired felt craspedia that I made with wool roving. Since my sis is crazy about mustard-yellow, I also included a wire bird to keep her airplant company.
Aren’t they pretty? Let’s see if I can keep hers alive a little while longer until I can hand it over. :P They brighten up the room and make me smile. I’ve also found some other cool terrarium ideas – like using light bulbs and ornaments. I may have to get a few more plants to add to my collection; which one is your favorite?