Air Plant Terrarium

Everyone seems to be obsessed with terrariums these days and frankly, I can’t blame them. These projects are pretty cool and take very little time. We’d say that’s a big plus for everyone. Brighten up your home and learn a little in the process with this Air Plant Terrarium. They make great gifts that kids can make, too!

Air Plant Terrariums are fun projects for kids and adults. They're beautiful ways to decorate your home and learn about nature. They make great gifts too.
Air Plant Terrariums are fun projects for kids and adults. They're beautiful ways to decorate your home and learn about nature. They make great gifts too.
Air Plant Terrariums are fun projects for kids and adults. They're beautiful ways to decorate your home and learn about nature. They make great gifts too.

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What are Air Plants?

Air plants named tillandsia are a type of flowering plant that is known for its ability to live in almost any environment without soil. Pretty cool if you ask me. They cling to trees, telephone wires, rocks and more, wherever the wind blows their seeds.

It’s like they live on air alone! But in reality, these plants are extremely good at pulling what they need from the environment around them. Their long leaves absorb moisture and nutrients from the air. The roots are used to attach themselves to their growing space.

closeup of a bowl filled with sand and tillandsia air plants

Air Plant Terrarium Supplies

These terrariums can totally be customized for the supplies you have on hand. Jars, bowls, cups all work. Any type of trinkets, rocks, shells, sea glass, etc. make great ornaments. It’s especially fun to use things you’ve found on walks in the jars. You can use colored sand to make a layered base, too. And one quick note, tall jars make for a more striking terrarium, but for little hands, shorter jars are easier.

supplies you need to make an air plant terrarium glass jars rocks shells sea glass sand air plants

How to Make an Air Plant Terrarium

Making a terrarium is a super easy project, just fill and enjoy!

  1. Pour sand into mason jar.
tall mason jar with sand
  1. Add pebbles, shells, and other decorative natural items,
overhead of air plant terrarium process with sea glass and rocks
  1. Place air plant in terrarium jar (do not cover with lid to keep air circulation around the plant).
closeup of air plant shells sand and sea glass in tall mason jar with shells in front
  1. Spray air plant with a little water.
overhead closeup of air plant in jar on rocks and sea glass

How to Care For an Air Plant Terrarium

To keep your air plant healthy, place in a bright location (but not direct sunlight). Spray with water once a week and once a month give it a soak. To soak, place the air plant in a bowl of water for 10 minutes. Remove from the water and place on a paper towel to remove excess water.

If you live in a dry location, water more often.

Gifts Kids Can Make

These air plant terrariums make great gifts, for friends and family. Here are a few more ideas of fun gifts kids can make.

Painted Coasters: Make striking geometric patterns with these easy painted cork coasters. Perfect for the coffee or tea loving family member!

multicolor painted coasters with cork and coffee

Perler Bead Change Holder: If your kids love Perler beads, I’m guessing you have a bucket of them in the closet. Melt and build this bead dish as a perfect change or jewelry holder.

perler bead change holder rainbow colored perler beads dish with coins and keys

Slime Balls: These fun slime-filled ornaments make perfect gifts for the kids’ friends or siblings.

slime balls slime filled ornament hanging from ribbon on tree

Water Activities for Kids

This project is a sneak peek into the STEAM Explorers Water activity ebook!

Come explore our water-filled world with STEAM Explorers! Kids will love learning about our how submarines dive, angler fish glow, water makes music, and more though hands-on science, tech, engineering, art, and math projects. Delicious recipes that teach about science while you snack. Printables perfect for home or school that get kids thinking about what makes animals special. Pages to read that help kids understand the watery world around us and get inspired by STEM careers that work with water. And as always, lots of fun stuff like color by coding, word searches, seek and finds, and more.

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