Air Plant Terrarium Tutorial

6 Materials
10 Minutes

True confession: I have the opposite of a green thumb! But, there is a plant I've found that is low maintenance and pretty. Perfect! The air plant is a great way to bring some green into your home without a lot of care involved. See how I made this simple air plant terrarium!


  • Air plant
  • Sand
  • Faux moss or other greenery
  • Shells

Let me start by saying, I'd never even heard of air plants until fairly recently. A friend introduced them to me because she knew I struggled to keep plants alive!

Apparently these interesting little plants should not be planted in soil, but get the majority of their nutrients from the air. Hence, air plant!

I would highly encourage you to look into the care of air plants to ensure yours stays alive! But, I was instructed to soak the air plant in water approximately every two weeks.

Otherwise, I use a spray bottle to give them a good misting once weekly.

So far, so good!

Now, on to HOW to make the air plant terrarium!


  1. Gather your supplies (see above).
  2. Put sand in the container. I used sand from a family vacation we took to add a bit of a personal touch!
  3. Place the faux moss or greenery and shells in the sand.
  4. Add the air plant!

Arrange the shells and greenery until you find something you love!

I used a glass container I already had. You could easily use supplies you have on hand in your home as well!

Don't forget to water your air plant!

As I mentioned, I typically give it a good soaking (anywhere from a couple of hours to over night) a couple times a month. Just take it out of the container and place it in a big bowl of water. When it's done soaking, I just put it back!

Plus, I try to mist it once a week with a spray bottle.

If you do not have a green thumb, this fun little plant might just be a solution for you!

I hope this gives all of you non-green thumb individuals some hope that you can have LIVE plants, too!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Fanny
    on Mar 7, 2019

    Cute idea. Is the sand you used salty? I am not sure salty sand would be good for the plants.

    • Karen Boyd
      on Sep 5, 2019

      The plant doesn't have to touch the sand. Just sit it on a shell and it will do fine.

  • Elsie downing
    on Mar 7, 2019

    does it realy grow

    • Robyn Garner
      on Jul 18, 2019

      Yes, Elsie they really do grow! I live in south FL and they grow here outdoors.

  • Nancy Bakker
    on Jun 5, 2019

    I put a small air plant on top of dry grass into a hanging globe from March. It has turned brown. I spray it with water once or twice a week. What happened? It's in a bathroom window, and gets filtered sun.

    • Vanna
      on Sep 5, 2019

      Also I don’t think air plants like sun, filtered or not.

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  • Marcia B Wilson
    on Jul 16, 2019

    I have a total black thumb. Every house plant I have ever had has died. I even managed to kill a terrarium.

    • Patsy47
      on Sep 4, 2019

      actually, its not hard to kill a terrarium...or a cactus! we overwater them..plain and simple....we can't believe they can live on so little !🤔🤐

  • Linda
    on Jul 16, 2019

    you are right, I put my air plants in a bowl of water over night

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