Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a class to a great group of folks where we made beautiful moss and air plant wreaths. I promised to get the easy directions posted today, and as you will see, the creativity in this group of folks was amazing! I was blown away by all of the different looks they were able to create with the same supplies. This article will teach you how to make an air plant wreath to impress your family and friends anytime of year.
The supplies needed include:
- 14″ grapevine wreath (any size would work!)
- 3 air plants. Ours were Tillandsia argentea, T. harrisii, and T. ionantha.
- Mixed moss pack from Quality Growers Moss Collection. Included lichens, sheet moss, and two different colors of reindeer moss.
- “Cool” temperature glue gun– don’t let the name fool you, it is still hot!
- Additional adornments. Our class used pinecones, acorns, and even magnolia seed pods.
I encourage everyone to start by laying out the supplies and begin to visualize where you will put the main focal points. Essentially these are the pinecones and airplants. They may not have much literal weight, but visually these are heaviest components.
Where to start? I think starting with the white lichens is best. You have to start somewhere and these need some space to glue while the mosses are very easy to stick in lots of nooks and crannies. Simply place a liberal amount of glue on the back of the lichen and press onto the wreath. It isn’t necessary to glue the entire form but make sure that it is adhered well.
Once the lichens are on the moss is easy to add. To do this simply squish the moss into a tight little clump, add the glue to the back and then press on to the wreath. Clumping it tight makes it easier to glue and will help it to have a natural shape and form once it is released on the wreath. Continue on adding the mosses and lichens.
The tillandsias are very easy to add. Put a small amount of glue on the back or bottom of your airplant. Do note that this is the reason we are using the low temperature glue guns. The high temperature ones will actually burn the plants. You won’t know it right away, but after a few weeks the plants seem to just fall apart for no good reason. Once the glue is on hold it on the wreath and press in place for a few minutes. This isn’t the part to hurry! When placing the tillandsias make sure to keep the plants facing upward. This gives them a much more natural appearance and will allow you to water and maintain easier.
Here is the most difficult part: Knowing when to stop. The grapevine wreath really complements the components so it is nice to allow some of that to be visible. As you will see in the gallery below, some of the folks in my class left quite a bit of space and they are absolutely beautiful!
A few tips:
- After adding tillandsias, add some additional moss or lichens to help it look more natural, as if it is actually growing from your wreath as opposed to just being glued on.
- Wrap the mosses around the sides and into the center of the wreath rather than just on the front surface.
- Like bows? A burlap bow will fit the theme of this wreath and the materials very well.