Epiphytic plants don't need soil or even water like most plant so they can live and even reproduce happily on a driftwood surface (if your drift wood is from the ocean it's a good idea to wash it before use!)


  • 1 Polystyrene broccoli box lid (ask in the fruit and veg department of your local supermarket)
  • 1 Small tub brown paint
  • 1 Shopping bag full of collected driftwood
  • 1 Bottle of PVA craft glue (timber and fabric glue)
  • 2-3 Epiphytes or air plants (Tillandsia Ionantha) your local nursery or Big W will have some


  1. With your paint, paint the surface of your box lid, you won't see much of it but it looks best painted a ocher or brown.
  2. When the lid has dried begin arranging your drift wood in a pattern, you don't have to use a linear pattern but It does have a striking effect. When you are happy with your coverage begin glueing each piece down, this can be tricky if your wood is bent.
  3. Add your plants by glueing them to your polystyrene lid like the wood. Fill any gaps with little pieces of wood. You can mix PVA glue with water and paint over the entire piece (excluding the plants) to give it a glossy finish


These make beautiful long lasting gifts. Most nursery a have a range of air plants, there are some stunning flowering varieties available too!

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  • mle00
    • 03 Mar 2014
      6:45 pm

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  • Love the look of these. You say it’s easy to make, but for someone who is the total opposite of a green thumb, I think i might struggle


  • They would look good hanging on a wall

    • Even more interesting when the kids make it


  • gorgeous! this is so perfect!


  • A lovely craft idea; thanks!.


  • This is such a cute idea. My daughter will love it!

    • it sure is. it is a great looking piece. arty and green


  • What a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!


  • this is so artistic i love it


  • I love this idea as I’m going through a bit of an infatuation with air plants right now! So many possibilities for displaying them and all of our rooms can benefit from having a plant (or few….) in them, thanks for sharing!


  • A good idea!


  • This is a stunning idea. I’d never would have thought of this.


  • Thanks for sharing this creative project; it looks good.

    • Living art costs quite a bit in stores – so DIY is a good way to go.


  • i think that this is a great idea and it is an interesting way to display a plant


  • what a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing


  • they look amazing. x x


  • Just need to source some from the beach or bush, nice work.


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