There are so many different ways to display air plants, from feathered boho pockets to living 3D art, but sometimes simple is better. That way your Tillandsia can be the star of the show. And these hanging clay tubes sure do just that in my humble opinion.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

They look gorgeous on their own or grouped together for a beautifully curated look.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

And as your collection grows you can play around with different shapes and sizes to create striking wall art.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

The tubes are quick, budget-friendly, and easy to make and can be customized to display a variety of species in different ways. I added a T. funckiana to this oval one. Isn’t she lovely? She produces bright crimson flowers and in her natural habitat, she loves hanging around on cliff faces.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

The tubes aren’t really suitable for Spanish Moss. It needs fresh air to flow over all their strands. Otherwise they dry out and die. You can, however, still hang long moss under the tubes or drape it over something else.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

Making and hanging the clay tubes is a breeze and they won’t overwhelm these otherworldly, low-maintenance plants.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own. But, before we get there, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

  • Polymer clay
  • Rolling pin or empty bottle
  • Skewer
  • Rope or cord

What you need to make hanging clay tubes and put your air plants on display

How to make hanging clay tubes

These are probably the quickest and easiest air plant holders I’ve ever made.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

Knead your clay to soften it up.

Knead the clay into a ball

Form the clay into a wormish shape.

Flatten the worm shape using aa bottle or rolling pin

Use a bottle or rolling pin and going in the same direction, flatten the clay so it’s about 5 mm (1/4”) thick.

A view of the clay after rolling to show the thickness

Gently pull and stretch the flattened clay lengthwise to make it longer.

Pull the flattened worm shape

To add a little texture and interest, tear the one edge of the flattened clay.

Gently rip the clay edges for a textured look

If you prefer something a little more perfect, you can cut the edges with a craft knife. Fold the shape to form a clay tube and overlap the edges.

Fold the flattened worm over itself to form a tube

Check that the air plant fits.

Check that you air plant or Tillandsia fits

Use a skewer, toothpick, or pencil to make a hole where the clay tube overlaps. The hole needs to be big enough for your rope or cord to fit through. On the opposite side of the tube make two holes.

Use a skewer or pen to make holes in the tubes

Place the clay tubes on a baking tray. The opening should face upwards so the weight of clay doesn’t sink in on itself. You’ll just end up with a squished tube. Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Once the tubes have cooled down, paint or decorate them to suit your décor style. I left mine as is. Cut a long piece of cord or twine. Starting at the top hole, thread the cord through the hole, then down into the bottom holes and up again. (see piccy below).

A view of the clay tubes while threading the cord through the holes

You should end up with something like this.

 

 

 

 

A view of the clay tubes after threading the cord through the holes

Nestle the Tillies in between the cord and you’re done.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

Hanging the clay tubes

When it comes to hanging the tubes you have so many choices. I would have loved to hang mine from a rusty garden rake, but couldn’t find one so settled for a branch instead.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

As your air plant collection grows you can quickly bake up another tube and add it to the mix.  They’re ideal for displaying a variety of species, and won’t overpower the Tillies.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

The clay tubes are simple to make and a gorgeous way to add a touch of greenery to a blank wall.

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

What do you think? Have you made any interesting air plants holders to put your Tillies on display?

Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it.

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Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

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Let your air plants be the stars of the show. These budget-friendly, hanging clay tubes are quick to make and easy to customise. Low-maintenance, boho decor in under 20 minutes. Get the full Tutorial at A Crafty Mix

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