Friday, April 17

Make // Leather Air Plant Swing

I've been a lover of air plants for awhile now and have slowly been collecting a few over the past year. They have just been sitting on my windowsill and I haven't really found a proper spot for them in my home. So when I found a few slender wall spaces that were in need of a little something visually, I decided: hey, maybe an air plant should go there! 

This leather air plant swing was the perfect solution to my narrow blank wall problem. It adds color and the vertical layout of the hanging swing fit perfectly in the space. They hit all the DIY points I like: simple, easy, affordable, and super cute. I'm definitely going to make a couple more for myself and a few friends.

Leather Air Plant Swing
Leather strip
Air plant
Hemp twine
Wood beads
X-Acto knife

Step One // Cut your leather strip to size. Note: when you stiffen the leather it will shrink a bit, so cut the piece a bit larger. 
Step Two // Poke holes on either side of the leather. Make sure the holes are large enough to thread the hemp through.
Step Three // Using an X-Acto knife, cut out a square in the center of your leather strip. This is where the air plant will sit. Depending on the width of your leather, this size will vary. My hole is about 0.5 x 0.5.
Step Four // Wax stiffen your leather. There are many tutorials and video you can find on the web. I followed this video. For this step, you will need a pot, few white candles to melt down, and a bowl. Create the curve in the leather by dipping the strip in the wax and then placing it in a bowl to cool and form. Note: Before you stiffen your leather strip, take the leather and place it in a couple different size bowls. Use the bowl that creates the curve you like best.
Step Five // Measure and cut your hemp twine to an appropriate length. Thread on a few wood beads to add a little extra flare!
Step Six // Pull the hemp through the holes on either end of the leather and secure with a knot.
Step Seven // Secure your air plant in the center hole, hang, and there you have it! 


Check out other creative and cute ways to style air plants here and here. And don't forget to share your Foxtail + Moss inspired DIYs with us by tagging #foxtailmakes!

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