DIY Metal Air Plant Stand

3 Materials
25 Minutes

When I first heard of air plants I thought they were fake. How could a plant survive off of just air?!?! I mean, a plant that you don’t put in dirt and doesn’t need water – surely this is a dream plant for those of us whose green thumbs are a bit challenged. Am I right? Well, as it turns out, air plants are real and do . The idea was simple and looked super easy to create. Since I’m always on a mission to create the “look for less”, I went to the Dollar Store and bought a metal pan. You know, one that you would bake lasagna in and take to a potluck? Yeah, one of those. The metal was sturdy enough to hold my lightweight air plants, but pliable that I could bend it with my fingers – no special tools required!

1. Cut out the center of the metal tray. Then, cut out the air plant template (found here: and lay them on the tray.

2. Cut around the templates.

3. Cut out points on all 3 ends of the stand – this will help hold the air plant in place.

4. Add 2 coats of spray paint to both sides of the metal stand. Let the paint dry in-between applications.

5. Once the paint is dry, use your finger to fold the prongs up. You’ll be able to play with these so they are in the right position to support your air plant.

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  • Ded28632747 Ded28632747 on Oct 10, 2019

    What type of plant. Thanks.

  • Jeannie Jeannie on Oct 17, 2019

    where do I get air plants

  • Karen W Karen W on Nov 14, 2020

    I love the plant stands you created. So modern, easy to make and beautiful. Thank you.

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