I have this thing about forks, and apparently so does someone else. Most people complain that their teaspoons go missing. Not in our house. Nope, it’s always those darn forks. I’m convinced they put on these little forky sneakers and run off to that mysterious
sock kitchen island 😉 Which means I have a whole bunch of mismatched forks locked away in a cupboard, pining for their long lost buddies. Time to do something about it. And no I’m not letting them go. I plan to tie them down for good and turn them into air planters for our Tillandsia Usneoides (aka Spanish Moss).
It’s not the first time we’ve made a planter for our Tillies, but this is one of those quick and easy crafts that can make a huge impact and add a unique touch to your gallery wall.
How to Turn Mismatched Forks Into Air Planters
Grab those sad little mismatched forks and a few pieces of scrap pallet wood. Just make sure that the pallets are safe to use with plants. It’s best to only use those marked with HT (heat-treated) for all DIY projects.
Place the fork onto the wood and eyeball where it needs to be cut. Sand away any rough spots.
Seal the wood with a few coats of polyurethane if they’re going outside to protect the wood from rotting. Our mismatched fork air planters are hanging inside for now, but I’ve been known to change my mind often 😉 So better safe than sorry.
Place the fork onto the piece of wood and use a toothpick or something with a sharp point to mark where to drill some holes.
Use fishing line and sew the fork on to the piece of wood.
Drape your Tillandsia Usneoides over the tines, and your air planters are done.
I love the way they turned out. They make such a cute statement on our gallery wall in the kitchen. And they’re light enough to stick on using double-sided tape.
A Little Bit About Tillandsia Usneoides
Tillandsia Usneoides (Spanish Moss) is part of the pineapple family, and it loves indirect, bright light. In its natural habitat, you’ll find Spanish Moss draped over branches in warm, humid areas and it gets all its nutrients from the air. If you plan to grow them indoors, make sure to place them near a window. Just check that the air planters are not exposed to direct sunlight in summer. Give them a light mist of water on a daily basis and spoil them every now and again by mixing up a batch of compost tea and spraying that on instead. I love how easy most Tillandsia’s are to grow, and you can display them in many different ways too. You can even use them to make living 3D art.
If you like the idea of repurposing some forks to make an air planter, don’t forget to pin it for later.
What do you do with your mismatched forks? I’d love to know because I have a few more that need to be repurposed 😀
Looking for some more unique ways to showcase your air plants? Then you’re going to love these ideas:
- Repurposed doily air plant holder
- Gorgeous boho styled planter with beads and feathers
- Twine knit pockets and scrap wood
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Until next time, hope you have a wonderful, love filled week. May the forks be with you 😉