Air Plant Pineapples!

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I can't take credit for these cute little guys as I first saw them in a magazine but I did make a few changes. These are fun to make!

10 little air plant pineapples

Purchased Sculpey clay in white from Walmart for $6.00.

Sculpey oven bake clay

This pkg contained 5 sheets of clay. I cut each in half giving me clay to make 10 pineapples.

I then took a section kneading it for a few minutes until it became pliable.

Oval shape

I formed each section into an oval and into a pineapple shaped base making the bottom flat.

Cut center of pineapple out leaving a shell.

Taking a knife, or with a child they could possible use a plastic knife, I cut out the insides leaving only a shell. This makes the baking faster plus these could be used to hold toothpicks or bobby pins, etc. You can leave them solid but the baking time increases quite a bit. It tells you on the back of the box how long to bake depending on thickness. By cutting out the insides of these I was able to make 2 more pineapples using those remnants.

Hollowed out

This is what it looks like when it's hollowed out

Push the top together to form a little pot. I purchased a set of 10 air plants from Amazon. I sized up my pot opening so the air plants fit just inside. They vary quite a bit in size.

They are called Tillandsia lonantha Guatemala sold by Hinterland Trading for $15.28

Trying to look like a pineapple!

At this point I used a toothpick making x's and dots making it look like pineapple markings. Ready to bake according to pkg directions. These took 20 minutes.

Out of the oven cooling

Once cooled, they're ready to paint.

Martha Stewart gold metallic

Starting with the inside I painted them with gold metallic paint

Martha Stewart Vanilla Bean

Once dry I used a brown satin all over , then quickly removing it. This leaves the detailed markings more visible.

10 air plant pineapples

Place an air plant into each opening. All ready to give to friends and family!

At only a little more than $2.00 each, these make adorable gifts that won't break the bank!

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  • Puf26827240 Puf26827240 on Sep 14, 2021

    Do you get pineapples from them?

  • Sharon Sharon on Sep 14, 2021

    Could you use a small water balloons to form the pineapple and when done to your liking, turn them upside down over the kitchen sink and cut the balloon letting the water pour out and remove the balloon before baking?

  • Bruce Bruce on Sep 15, 2021

    How long before they outgrow the pot in which they are now kept?


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  • Cindy Cindy on Sep 15, 2021

    You gave me so many ideas! I really didn't know what an air plant was, heard of them but never paid that much attention to them. So, I googled them and now I want to make all sorts of things with them! I would always say I don't have a green thumb because I could kill a silk plant, lol! Well, I think I found the plants I need! Yay! Thank you for sharing!

  • Jeannie Jeannie on Sep 21, 2021

    Love this idea! I will definitely try it! Ty