Give your air plants a place to thrive with this custom air plant mobile crafted from simple materials around your home.

January 18, 2018

Fill an empty corner of your home with this whimsical mobile, where air plants sit in handmade twine balls. This hanging mobile is easy to make with a few materials—we used an embroidery hoop to hang the twine balls from. Follow our step-by-step guide and you'll have a funky air plant mobile of your own.

  • Working time 1 hr
  • Start to finish 2 days
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Involves Gluing

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Soak Twine in Glue

Blow up seven water ballons into small, round shapes. Pour craft glue into a disposable bowl. Unravel several feet of twine and place into the bowl with glue. Make sure that the twine in the bowl gets soaked in the craft glue.

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Step 2

Wrap Twine Around Balloon

Wrap the glue-soaked twine around the surface of a balloon, alternating angles so that you cover most of the balloon. Cut the twine from spool when finished wrapping. Continue wrapping the glue-soaked twine around balloons until you have seven wrapped balloons total. The twine balls will now need to dry overnight or until they are stiff to the touch.

Step 3

Cut Hole in Twine Ball

Pop the balloons with a pin or scissors. Pull the pieces of the balloon through the twine and discard. Use scissors to cut a hole in each twine ball for the air plants to sit in.

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Step 4

Attach Twine Balls to Embroidery Hoop

Cut seven 2-foot strands of twine. Tie one end of each strand of twine to each twine ball. Halfway up each strand of twine, tie a knot around the embroidery hoop, leaving extra twine for hanging. Repeat this with the rest of strands of twine and the twine balls.

Editor's Tip

Tie the twine balls to the embroidery hoop at different heights to create visual interest.

Step 5

Hang and Add Air Plants

Gather loose ends of twine above the embroidery hoop and knot together. Hang mobile below knot on ceiling hook. After the mobile is in place, set the air plants in the twine balls.


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