Today’s DIY project adds greenery to ’80s ceramics for a sleek, modern look. Air plants transport this arrangement into the present, as do glass and mirrored accents. Whether you focus on one shiny piece or assemble a grouping, we think this project will provide you with a decorative conversation starter. It’s all about the sphere–enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
- air plants (also known as Tillandsia), available at nurseries, including the garden centers of some home improvement stores; the plants used in this project were $6.50 and under
- ’80s ceramics–we’re partial to the spherical vases that pop up at Goodwill now and then
- clear glass bowl containers, available in a variety of sizes at craft store chains
- white decorative sand
- glass ball ornaments (yes, the kind you hang on a Christmas tree); be sure to remove the metal tops so the ornaments can stand upside-down on a flat surface
- mirrored tiles to set under the arrangement (optional); ours came from IKEA
How It’s Done:
Step 1: Begin by pouring decorative sand into any clear bowl containers you plan to use in the arrangement. Use enough sand to make a cushion for the plant, but resist the urge to make the layer too thick. A little sand goes a long way!
Step 2: Carefully place the air plants into the clear containers, making sure that no leaves are bent. These amazing plants are all the rage now, and their ability to thrive without resting in water makes them ideal for unconditional arrangements like this one!
Step 3: Gently set any remaining air plants into the ’80s vases you’ve chosen for this project! Since the plants do not need to sit in water, don’t worry about placing them at a certain depth inside of the containers. They nicely rest on top of spherical vases, adding a tropical look to retro ceramics.
Step 4: Now it’s time to assemble the arrangement! Choose a location for the spread. Mirrored tiles make a nice foundation and put an ’80s stamp on the project.
Step 5: Add decorative elements to your spherical assembly one by one. Start with the ceramics, then add the clear bowl containers and finish with the glass ball ornaments. Make sure the metal tops have been removed from the ornaments so they can stand freely. Round glass paperweights can also add interest to the arrangement. Have fun discovering a combination of items that works for you!
Step 6: Don’t forget to care for your greenery! While they’re called “air plants” and they are indeed low-maintenance, remember that they do need water! Check with the nursery or garden center where purchased for watering advice. I soak mine in a large, water-filled glass bowl once every week or two to keep them healthy.
Why It Works:
We love this arrangement because it combines affordable items, such as thrift store ceramics, glass bowls and Christmas ornaments, to create a truly unique centerpiece. The air plants add a lush yet laboratory feel, while the spherical motifs and mirrored tiles can’t help but bring an unexpected ’80s modern element into the mix. Even if you can’t find spherical vases, any round-ish ’80s ceramic pieces you come across will embellish the spread. The fun of this project is the range of possibilities.
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