Tillandsia on Tile

Keep your love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” -Vincent van Gogh

If you love mounted Air Plants but are tired of wood, they can also be mounted on other things like the brick we used in the “End of Civilization” art from last week.

This week we have air plants mounted on slate tile we picked up on clearance at an arts and craft store. They were originally candle sconces but we dismantled them because there was a reason they were on clearance!

Using stone can be a plus because the stone will never rot, especially if it’s something you keep outdoors. If you do keep it outdoors, keep it out of direct light because most air plants prefer it and if the stone is dark in color it will absorb too much heat from the sun and may cook your plants.

You only need a few simple items…

    • The always faithful E6000 glue
    • Your tile or stone
    • Sheet Moss
    • Wire to hang it – wire cutters

We would like to remind you that air plant roots are only anchors that attach themselves to the host tree. Air plant roots are not used for sucking up any water or nutrients. You won’t hurt the plant by gluing it’s roots – you will be giving the plant an artificial anchor to the stone, tile or wood.

Apply a generous glob of glue to your tile – enough to stick the root end of the plant into – then place the end of the air plant with the roots onto the glue. It’s the same procedure as our other tutorials.

Keep your tile flat to prevent the glue from running and allow time for the glue to set. Keep adding air plants until you achieved your desired look.

Once the glue has dried you can dress up those areas by applying a little more glue and then apply moss. You can use anything to dress up the piece instead of moss…. sand, gravel, glass beads, sea shells …etc, etc.

Below is the side profile.

This tile already had holes drilled into it so we just threaded a wire through those holes to hang it.

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  1. Love it, Great work.