Brainstorming new DIY projects that haven’t been done before isn’t as easy as you may think, but when Joanna and I wandered into NW Crystals, we knew we needed to incorporate some of their gorgeous crystals in our next project. Shopkeeper and owner AJ was so nice and shared with us all about the metaphysical properties of each crystal. I already knew a little about the energy properties crystals possess and was totally inspired when I learned even more about their cleansing powers.
We decided to create the ultimate space purifier and pair the crystals with another beneficial element, Tillandsia. Commonly known as air plants, Tillandsia has cleansing properties of it’s own and can actually help clean your air by filtering out airborne particulates. Combined with the clarifying attributes of crystals, these planters are super-charged to cleanse your space — and it doesn’t hurt that they’re super pretty!
- crystals (if you’re in Seattle, definitely stop by the NW Crystals store in Ballard)
- tillandsia & succulents (ours are from the Seattle Wholesale Grower’s Market)
- floral adhesive
- leather cord
This project can be made with any combination of crystals, air plants, and succulents, so don’t feel like you need to run out to the store and buy ones if you have already have some. Here are a few combinations that worked best for me and my space:
Quartz Geode + Succulent & Air Plant
What you’ll need for this planter is a fairly large-sized geode, a mid-sized air plant, a small succulent that will fit comfortably in the concave area of your crystal and floral adhesive. This glue is fast-drying, waterproof and specially formulated to work with live plants and flowers and it’s delicate enough so that you won’t damage your crystal. It’s kind of amazing.
Start by dabbing a small amount of floral adhesive so the bottom of your air plant and press gently into place, hold for 10-20 seconds until it begins to dry. Next, add a small amount of soil to a corner of your geode and carefully plant your succulent, adding extra soil as needed. Finish with another small crystal and show off with a #shelfie!
Hanging Crystal Planters
If you don’t have a sturdy shelf or safe space to perch your crystal planter, try hanging it! This is especially good for small spaces, where vertical storage (and decoration) is essential. I love the look of hanging them grouped together.
I kept this planter very simple and let the Fluorite be the focal point, topped with a small air plant and wrapped it with natural leather cordage for a modern-meets-boho look.
The hardest part of making this planter is tying the cord. I started by wrapping it around the Fluorite point three times, then pulled one end up and under the strands and tied it as tight as I could. Be careful! On my first attempt I accident sent this beautiful crystal crashing towards to the floor (sorry, Joanna!) — luckily it survived without a scratch. Phew.
Once your point is firmly tied in place, finish by putting a moderate dab of floral adhesive to the bottom of your air plant and centering it on the top of your crystal. Be sure to keep in mind the different angles you’ll be viewing it at and rotate accordingly, then hold in place until the glue is completely dry.
For the next hanging planter, I used a gorgeous glassy prism of Apophyllite and a Tillandsia Andreana that’s native to the rocks and cliff faces of Columbia. Apophyllite clusters are great for filling a space with high vibrations, peace and love and felt right at home with this cliff-dwelling air plant nestled in.
Disclosure: NW Crystals was kind enough to give us materials for this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the content that keeps Jojotastic awesome.
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