Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I’ve been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

This is not the first planter I’ve made for our Tillies, but this big baby really did deserve a unique home.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

Those curly leaves needed a backdrop that celebrated how incredible tillies are. This is a Tillandsia Xerographica, otherwise known as the queen of air plants, which typically grows to around 90cm in diameter, so this one is still a baby. She’s only about 20cm wide. I draped Spanish moss on either side of the planter for fun.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

We hung her on one of our large concrete button hooks and I’m loving the combo.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

And our seed head man is keeping watch over all this feathery loveliness.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

Who wouldn’t love a face like that? Someone extremely talented took the time to see a story in the seedpod and carve it out. He’s a bitch to dust though.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

The planter, on the other hand just needs a quick shake and she’s good to go. I wish my old bones were like that 😀 The leather Tillie planter took less than a day to make and she’s perfect for this month’s “Pleatherable Leather” Int’l Blogger’s Club challenge. You’ll be able to what my blogging friends did with their challenge at the end of this tutorial. So make sure to stick around. I promise it’s worth it.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

RightyO, before I show you how to make your own boho-styled leather Tillandsia planter, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post! Oh, keep an eye out for the rest of the beautiful cardboard creations that my IBC friends made towards the end of the post. They’re worth it.

What you need

  • Leather or pleather
  • A collection of beads and feathers
  • Leather cord
  • Scrap piece of wood
  • Broken broomstick to hang
  • Thumbtacks
  • Upholstery nail strip
  • Drill
  • Glue

How to make the boho-styled leather Tillandsia planter

First things first. We need to make a wood and leather pocket of some sort to carry or hold the air plant. I used a leftover piece of a grimy breadboard and cut a half-moon shape using my jigsaw. Clean and sand the wooden shape.

Cut the board in a half circle

And give it a coat of spray paint to protect and seal it.

Paint the wood. This step if optional

Use the cut board as a template to cut a piece of leather that’s at least 2cm (1”) wider on either side at the top of the board.

Cut a piece of leather that's wider at the top than the board

Drill two small holes in the top corners of the cut board. They need to be about 1cm (1/2”) from the edge and top of the board. We’ll thread the cord through these holes to hang the Tillandsia planter later.

Drill a hole in each corner

Line the bottom of the cut leather up with the bottom of the board and hammer in a thumbtack to attach the leather pocket to the board.

Hammer in thumbtacks to attach the leather to the backing board

Line the side up with the sides of the cut board and hammer in a thumbtack. Repeat on the other side. Add a few more equally-spaced thumbtacks around the outer edge of the pocket. Trim away any excess leather.

Trim away the excess leather from the pocket

You should end up with a generous pocket to slip the air plant inside.

Close up of the wide leather pocket that will hold the air plant

Cut a leather strip and glue it around the edge of the planter.

Glue a leather strip around the edge of the cut board

Cut long pieces of leather cord and thread it through the top holes you made earlier. Repeat on the other side.

Thread some leather cord through the holes

Screw a wood screw into the board inside the pocket. The screw will help secure the air plant inside the pocket once we’re done.

Add a wood screw on the inside of the pocket

RightyO, that’s the holder pocket portion of the leather planter done.

Check if the air plant fits inside the pocket

Time to dolly this Tillandsia planter up with some beads and feathers. I have a collection of feathers, including a few from a guinea fowl. The spots were not quite the right tone for this planter. But that’s easy enough to solve with a little coffee.

How to color feathers with coffee

To color feathers using coffee you’ll need:

  • 3 – 4 tablespoons of coffee in a cup of boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • Baking pan or suitable dish

Mix coffee with boiling water and wait for it to cool down before dipping the feathers

Add the coffee and vinegar to a cup of boiled water. Wait for the mixture to cool down completely.

Mix coffee with boiling water and wait for it to cool down before dipping the feathers

Place the feathers in a baking pan and pour in the coffee mix. Stir gently so the feathers get a good dose of coffee.

Submerge the feathers in the coffee mixture

Let the feathers sit in the coffee mixture for about 10 minutes before removing them. Place the coffee-dyed feathers on a flat surface and leave to dry. If you’re impatient like me, you can use a hairdryer.

Leave the coffee dipped feather to air dry

If your feathers are a little warped, you can steam them over a bowl of boiling water and gently tease them back into shape. You can see the color difference in the piccy below between the coffee-dyed feathers and the original color in the middle. Add more coffee if you want a deeper color.

Beautiful coffee dyed feathers

Handy Hint: For different colors, follow the same steps as above but replace the coffee with either food coloring or kool-aid.

Adding beads and feathers – the easy way

There are two ways to add beads and feathers. You can screw in little eye hooks all around the bottom of the leather pocket like I did when I made the half-moon dream catcher or you can do it the easy way and use this amazing invention here.

Upholstery nail strips help space the hanging feathers and beads neatly around the back of the leather pocket

Upholstery nail strips not only makes your life easier when it comes to upholstered furniture it’s a game-changer when it comes to spacing beads and feathers around a curved surface, like this leather Tillandsia planter.

Bend the nail strip around the bottom of the board

Straighten the nail strip out and use a small metal drill bit to drill holes in the nail strip where there are none.

Drill extra holes in the nail strip

Clamp the nail strip onto a board and add the leather cord by threading it through the hole and making a knot.

Upholstery nail strips help space the hanging feathers and beads neatly around the back of the leather pocket

You can add as many cords as you like. I put one in every second hole.

Upholstery nail strips help space the hanging feathers and beads neatly around the back of the leather pocket

Now all you need to do is string the beads and feathers on and line them up as you go.

How to add feathers and beads to the leather cord

I find it much easier to add beads to a leather cord. There’s no need for spacers. You simply thread the cord through the hole in the bead, slide it up to where you want it, and knot the cord.

Position the beads on the leather cord and knot in place

To add feathers, insert the feather shaft inside the bead and knot the cord around the feather.

Slip the feather inside the bead and tie a knot to secure

If you need to adjust the beads or feathers on the cord, loosen the knot, shift the bead, and knot again. Carry on adding beads and feathers to the leather Tillandsia planter until you’re happy with the look.

Add the feathers and beads to the leather cords

To secure the last bead and feather combo, put a dab of glue on the knot before trimming away any excess leather cord.

Add a small drop of glue to the leather cord and trim

Adding the beads and feather to the leather planter pocket

To add the beads and feathers to the Tillandsia planter pocket, bend the upholstery nail strip around the back, bottom edge of the leather pocket, and hammer thumb tacks in to secure.

Use a small hammer to hammer in the thumbtacks

The curve of the beads and feathers will mimic the curve or the pocket, without you having to worry about trying to position beads on the cord.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

So much easier than trying to position beads on a curve 😀 Hang the leather pocket with all the beads and feathers on a broken broomstick or whatever you have available. Loosely weave a piece of wire through the bottom leaves of your air plant and wrap it once around the base.

Please don’t use copper wire. It’s toxic to air plants and can kill them. Hook the wire around the nail inside the pocket to secure your air plant and you’re done.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

Tillies are such easy-care plants.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

They can be hung anywhere ……

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

Or put anywhere….

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

As long as their roots aren’t bound by soil or restricted, they’ll thrive. This little one is going to flower soon.

Can we just pause for a moment and admire that seed head again 😀 Many, many moons ago I bought him on the side of the road from one of our many talented local artists.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

And I’m happy to report the coffee-stained feathers fit rights in.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

I’d love to know what you think of this leather planter idea. Is it something you would make for your tillies and add to your decor?

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

BTW, if you don’t want to go to all that trouble of adding beads and feathers to the Tillandsia planter, then have a look at this easy tin can handbag planter that will do the job just as well.

If you like the idea of making a boho-styled leather Tillandsia planter don’t forget to pin it for later.

Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

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Do you enjoy making planters that serve a dual purpose? We sure do. I've been nurturing a rather large air plant for a while and wanted to make something that would put her center stage and add a little boho magic to our decor. And I think I may have done just that with this leather Tillandsia planter. Get the full tutorial here. #diyairplanter #AcraftyMix #livingwalldecor

Wanna see what my fellow bloggers did with their “Pleatherable Leather” challenge?

IBC Pleatherable Leather Challenge
  1. Our remotes are always getting lost around here so this idea from Birdz of a Feather is definitely on my to-do list.
  2. Boho Tillandsia planter by yours truly
  3. My succulent-loving heart skipped a little beat when I saw this shoe planter made by Kippi at Home. Isn’t it lovely?
  4. Another unique creation by Anita. Wouldn’t this geometric wall art look stunning in a pub or safari lodge?
  5. These classy embossed coasters are surprisingly easy to make and Interior Frugalista will show you how.

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And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

RISEON Handmade Boho Leather Wall Pocket Wall Hanging Decorative Storage Organizer,Natural Rustic Wall Plant Holder Pouch,Small Wall Displsy Bin Organizer
Sale OrganiHaus Hanging Woven Wall Basket Set of 2 Hanging Planter for Kitchen Decor | Small Hanging Basket for Hanging Plants | Rope Plant Basket | Wall Hanging Baskets for Organizing 7 x 6 Black Basket
Floating Shelves for Wall Shelves for Bedroom, Solid Wood Hanging Shelf with Leather Strap for Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen, Set of 2

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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