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« on: April 20, 2010 10:35:29 AM »

Air Plant Chandelier Tutorial



Materials needed: 4 air plants, 4 clear glass containers with a lip around the top (or a handle), flexible wire, twine, a pair of needle-nose pliers, and a pair of scissors.


1. Cut a piece of wire about 24" long. This length may need to be adjusted depending on the diameter of the container you're using. My containers were 3" across.

2. Wrap the wire around the container so you have equal length on both ends. Twist like a twisty tie.


3. Tighten the wire by twisting a few times with your pliers. Stop when the wire is snug, but not too tight.

Additional Option: If you're using heavier glassware, or if you just prefer the look, you can wrap the wire around the lip twice. See the photo below.


4. Create a loop by crossing the loose ends of the wire.

5. Using your pliers, wrap the wire around the loop. It's easiest to start at the top on each side, twisting down to the base.


6. Once you reach the bottom, wrap any extra wire around the base, taking care to squeeze in any loose ends so they don't poke you later.


7. Measure the twine into pieces that are twice as long as your desired length (you will be folding them in half), then cut three pieces of each length. I chose 4 feet, 3 feet, 2 feet, and 1 foot, but you can use whatever lengths make sense for you.


8. It's time to braid. Bundle 3 pieces of twine of the same length, and tie a knot at one end. Bring the pieces through the loop, securing the loop at the bottom of the braid.

9. If you're working with long pieces, secure the container between your feet, then braid up. When done, loop the twine through the second side of the loop, and knot to secure.


10. To create a hanger at the top, gather all of the twine braids together, and tie a knot with a loop at the end.


11. Add air plants, hang, and enjoy!
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2010 10:51:45 AM »

how cool is that?  I've never seen an airplant before.  They come in fantastic shapes Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2010 10:56:56 AM »

Thanks! I just got my firs air plant as a gift while visiting Portland, OR last month, and I've been obsessed every since!
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010 11:07:24 AM »

Pretty neat looking, although, I have to ask (And I promise I'm not trying to be snarky, just curious...) why did you use wire around the necks instead of continuing with the twine/jute?
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2010 11:13:52 AM »

That's an entirely reasonable question! Smiley

The first answer is, I just liked the way it looked. The second answer is, I have two very curious and persistent cats. I wanted to make sure that there was no way that the glasses would slip loose and fall, and using wire made that significantly less likely to happen.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2010 11:14:26 AM »

LOL i love this.
Whis this tutorial was up earlier.
I had to search for a long time for something to hang my plants on.
Thank you for this.
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2010 11:28:04 AM »

Ohhh I'm certainly going to make this; thanks for the tutorial!
(thinking *where can I find air plants?...*)
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2010 11:33:21 AM »

Ohhh I'm certainly going to make this; thanks for the tutorial!
(thinking *where can I find air plants?...*)

Check with your local flower shop/house plant nursery. Depending on where you live, they should become available as the weather warms up. If you're in the southern US, I'm pretty sure you can just walk outside and pull one off of a tree.
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012 02:41:31 PM »

I love it
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2012 08:01:58 AM »

I love it.  It really adds so much charm to a window.  After admiring it, my next immediate thought was of my cats...I read your comment about the wire as a strong anti-kitty safety device, but I'm still wondering:  do your kitties bat the thing around into your windows or attempt flying leaps and crash landings onto the globes??  I have some terribly ornery cats generally hell-bent on destructive mischief.  Undecided
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