How to Make an Air Plant Frame

Repurpose an old frame to display your favorite air plants. Just add chicken wire for the backing and use paper clips as plant hangers.

Air plants can make their home anywhere. Make your air plant collection the center of attention by displaying them on a DIY air plant frame. Chicken wire takes the place of glass to create the perfect hanging display to fit all of your plants.

  • Working Time 1 Hour
  • Start to Finish 2 Hours
  • Difficulty         Projects Kind of Easy
  • Involves Gluing, Spray Painting, Drilling, Cutting Wire

What you need


  • Gloves
  • Tin snips
  • Handsaw
  • Staple gun
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Hammer


  • Frame
  • Spray paint
  • 3/4-inch square dowel
  • Chicken wire
  • 1/4-inch staples
  • Wood glue
  • 1-inch wood screws
  • Saw tooth picture hangers
  • Paper clips
  • Air plants

How to do it

Step 1 Spray Paint Frame

After you have found a frame, remove the glass and back panel. Lay the frame out on a drop cloth or piece of cardboard. Spray paint the frame with light, even strokes and cover the entire frame. Let dry according to manufacturer's instructions.

Step 2 Cut And Attach Chicken Wire

Measure the height and width of the frame. Cut a section of chicken wire slightly larger than the inside opening of frame, allowing 1-2 extra inches on top and bottom. Attach the wire to the frame with staples.

Step 3 Cut Dowel

Mark and measure the width of the opening of the frame on the wood dowel. Cut two lengths of dowel to that measurement.

Step 4 Attach Dowels To Frame

Use wood glue to attach the dowels to back frame on the top and bottom. Then secure each dowel piece with two screws. Set drill bit depth to same length as screw so you don't drill through the front of the frame.

Step 6 Create Plant Hangers

Make plant hangers out of paper clips. Unwind paper clips, and bend to make a hook and a rounded base. You can use pliers to bend the metal if the paper clips are made of thick wire.

Step 7 Hang Frame and Air Plants

Place a nail in the wall for each hanger and place frame on the wall. Then attach plant hangers from the chicken wire and place air plants. Spread the plants around the frame and try to disperse air plants by color, size, and type.

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1 Comment

  1. Don't they have to have any water at all? What if your house is really dry?

    1. Yes, they do need to be misted daily. Some can be periodically soaked then rehung. You'll have to get care info on each individual species. You can't just hang then ignore them.

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