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DIY Project: Two-Tone Gilded Air Plant Terrarium

For those readers in the United States, happy Independence Day! Do you have big plans for the holiday? Are you having a party? Barbecuing? Watching fireworks? I have work today so the festivities will be limited but we have a great view of a couple different firework shows from our deck so that is how I will spend my evening. Whatever your plans, be safe and have fun!

Today I wanted to share a DIY project that I put together for Houzz. I acquired this little air plant awhile ago and have been meaning to create an official home for it. Air plants live off of the air (hence the name) so they have the ability to grow on any surface. I wanted to put together something unique that would become a display piece in our home. I actually came up with something quite simple and minimal in design but I gave it a little color boost with some gold spray paint. Here is the two-tone gilded terrarium I made:

Instead of rocks, I used a bag of white navy beans that you can get for cheap at the grocery store. All the materials are easy to find and inexpensive and some you might have lying around your home already.

Do you want to DIY this gold terrarium yourself? Check out the article on Houzz to see the full tutorial and materials list:

Bowl Over Guests With a DIY Air Plant Terrarium 

Originally we were displaying this guy on our coffee table, as shown in the pictures, but Scout started getting too interested in the beans. She kept sneaking them and I'd find navy beans scattered in the living room. We have it up higher now, near a window so the plant can get plenty of light.

I thought succulents were easy to care for but air plants are even better for those who are plant-challenged...aka people like me. I spritz mine with a little spray bottle occasionally and every once in awhile I submerge it in a cup of water. But it can survive without water for a long time. This might be my ideal plant. Have you tried caring for air plants? How do you care for yours?

Happy 4th of July! 

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Reader Comments (4)

Oh this is quite lovely Lauren :-) The gold is very elegant. Nice job!


July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

navy beans -- genius!! I have some air plants just laying around (they really do thrive in any condition) and I think I'm going to have to make one of these for 'em!

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Thanks for the sweet compliments Emily & Donna!

July 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

air plants are my secret weapon! I kill every other plant in my home so i love me some air plants. They are so easy! I just give them a "bath" in the sink once every 2 weeks and they are good to go!

adorable DIY. :)

August 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwilliam and penny

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