Hey there, how are you doing? It’s been a strange week here. The temperatures have yo-yo’ed between sweltering and freezing, which is very unusual for this time of the year. We don’t know if we should get our winter coats out of storage or put a bikini on 😀 Even our garden is saying “what the fudge!!?” So we spent the weekend doing some preventative maintenance just in case. Tender new shoots got little blankets of their own and it seems our Tillandsias have made a whole bunch of pups, which need a new home.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

Tillandsias or “Air Plants” are fascinating little things. They do all their feeding through their leaves rather than their roots and they can grow on almost anything. From rocks, seashells, forks, and scraps of wood and leather.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

As long as the wood hasn’t been pressure treated. I used a pallet off-cut to make this knitted planter.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

What you need to make a knitted planter

  • A scrap piece of wood
  • Jute twine
  • Knitting needles
  • Embroidery needle
Such an interesting idea. Knitting a little planter for Tillandsias

This knitted planter is suitable for small Tillandsias or succulents. I put tillies in mine.

One of our Tillandsias ready for hanging in the garden

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How to make a knitted planter

I wasn’t 100% sure what this piece of scrap wood had been stained with so we sanded it down and used a heat gun to bring out that beautiful grain, before sealing the wood with a non-toxic outdoor sealer.

Such an interesting idea. Knitting a little planter for Tillandsias

There are many different ways to attach Tillandsias to wood. Soft wire, elastic stretch cord, or glue. We normally use E6000 because it’s waterproof and non-toxic to plants, but I wanted to try something a little different this time. So instead of gluing the Tillies on, I used natural jute twine to loosely knit three rectangles, which were gathered at the bottom to form small pockets.

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The pockets need to be “loose” to allow for proper airflow. Tillies don’t like feeling smothered.

Such an interesting idea. Knitting a little planter for Tillandsias

I used a paper template to figure out where to drill some holes so I could sew the pockets onto the piece of wood.

Such an interesting idea. Knitting a little planter for Tillandsias

Adding the Air Plants

Once all the pockets had been sewn on they were filled with a tiny bit of coconut fiber and the Tillandsia pups. The coconut fiber helps “anchor” the Tillies until they get a little bigger. It should encourage them to grow some roots too.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

Tillies thrive in bright indirect light and don’t mind a few hours of direct sun in the morning or afternoon.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

We’ve hung ours outside on a western wall that gets early morning sun and dappled shade for the rest of the day.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

I don’t know about you, but I’m loving the look.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

We’ll watch our pups for the next few weeks and if the weather carries on being temperamental we’ll probably bring them inside for a bit. Just until they’re settled. What do you think? Would you knit up a plater for your air plants?

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

If you like the idea of making a knitted planter, don’t forget to pin it for later.

Add something special to your garden with this easy to make knitted planter. Perfect for air plants or succulents #Planter #ACraftyMix #GardenDecor

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