Tillandsia & Snail Shell Centerpiece

Air Plant & Snail ShellsThe Plant Man was working on a tillandsia (air plant) project but I don’t think he was finished with this one but I hijacked his idea before he was done to create this DIY idea.

He was working with these air plants called, Pseudobaileyi, and large garden snail shells and I noticed he had placed all the garden snail shells into a lily bowl to keep them from being pushed off the table by the cat.

I thought, Hmmmm…. this lily bowl full of tillandsia looks cool all on it’s own and it’s kind of a nice centerpiece to a table.

How To:

The Plant Man took some shells (it doesn’t matter if they’re garden snail shells or actual seashells) then put some E6000 glue inside the opening of the shell and then push the root end of the air plant into the glue. That’s it!

Use a clear glass lily bowl so you can see the shells and you are finished. If you want, you can add sand, pebbles or glass beads to the bottom of the lily bowl for some added interest. Or just keep it simple and add nothing.

Tillandsia Centerpiece

Pseudobaileyi Care:

This is a shade loving plant so bright indirect sunlight is best.

These Pseudobaileyi normally grow with leaves pointed down so when you water them you should gently shake off the excess water because they don’t like water sitting in between the leaves. If they were upside down the water would come out on it’s own. Does that make sense?

You don’t want any water to remain inside the shell either so be sure to let it drain out. You could also drill a little hole in the shell to let it drain out but that’s not necessary as long as you gently shake it out.

Air Plant Centerpiece

I may update this post with whatever the Plant Man does to the air plants later, but for now, the centerpiece is a cool and unique idea on it’s own.

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  1. They look amazing. Very pretty centerpiece.

  2. Do you have to mist the plant sometimes? Does it required any care at all?

    • Organic Crafter says

      Hi Jasmine, Yes they do require some care. The best way to water them is to soak them in water, either in your sink, a bowl, a bucket, etc… Soak them for 10 to 20 minutes once per weak.

      Freshwater aquarium water and rainwater are excellent but tap water works too.