How to Build an Air Plant House

May 9, 2016

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How to Build an Air Plant House

I hope you all had a wonderful Mothers Day weekend! In between celebrating the moms I love, I had my husband school me on building wood crafts.  My husband showed me how to cut wood on his fancy power saws. It was kind of bad ass and now I feel like the possibilities are endless with my projects!

I found a cute coffee mug shelf on Pinterest that looks like a little house. I decided to create something similar, on a smaller scale, and use it to house some of the air plants I have in my office.  I feel like this project has taken my “crazy plant lady” status to a whole new level.  There are air plants all over this house!  I order one.  It ships with two.  Another doesn’t survive.  I get another to take its place.  I find out a local greenhouse sells air plants at a really reasonable price.  I have to take one home. 

After building my little air plant apartment/motel/house, I stained it with a dark wood stain to try to match the furniture in my office. When it was dry, we screwed it together.  We didn’t completely attach the roof. We found it’s sturdy enough to stand on its own and only needs to be placed on top of the shelves.  This little house of shelves sits pretty on top of my bookshelf that holds all of my craft supplies. It’s such a cute touch to my little office space!  I think I did a pretty good job on my first building project!  

How to Build an Air Plant House
How to Build an Air Plant House


  • 5 –  10 x 8″ pieces of wood
  • 1 – 10 1/2 x 8″ piece of wood, for roof
  • 1 – 9 1/2 x 8″ piece of wood, for roof
  • 2 – 4 x 8″ pieces of wood, for shelves
  • Ebony wood stain
  • Rags, or foam brushes
  • Flat head screws
  • Air plants, or other small objects


  1. Stain each piece of wood and allow to dry 24 hours.
  2. Assemble your air plant house.  Screw (4) 10 x 8″ pieces of wood together to form the sides.
  3. Attach the shelves to the last 10 x 8″ piece of wood and slice into the sides.  Secure by screwing into the shelves on each side.
  4. Make the roof by screwing the 10 1/2″ x 8″ piece of wood on top of the 9 1/2 x 8″ piece of wood.  Roof doesn’t need to be screwed onto the shelving unit and is sturdy enough to sit right on top.
  5. Fill each space with air plants or other small objects!

How do you display your air plants?


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