A few weeks back I attended a great Air Plant 101 workshop at Telly’s Greenhouse here in the Detroit area. At the workshop we talked all-things air plants, from how to water them to the ideal lighting environment. We also talked how you can show off your air plants. Some students liked the idea of a fancy container to show them off, others wanted something a bit more simple to let the attention be focused on the plant itself. I found myself being drawn to the latter. If you feel the same way about displaying your air plants, try making your own simple hanging plant saucer that’s just right for showing off smaller plants.
Start out by ripping off enough clay from your block to make a shape that can be cut into a 3-inch circle with your biscuit cutter and be 1/4″ thick. Condition the clay by rolling it either in between your hands or on top of a clean work surface. (I like to tape down pieces of wax paper on my table to make sure I don’t accidentally pick up any dust or debris.) When the clay feels very pliable, it’s ready to be shaped.
If you like, trying adding some texture to the top of your saucer with a clay texturing sheet. (I found one that creates a wood grain effect on the clay.) Press the plastic sheet into your clay and slowly roll your rolling pin over the top a few times. Remove the sheet.
Place your biscuit cutter on top of your rolled-out clay and cut out your circle shape. Remove the clay from the cutter. Using your stylus tool or a chopstick, create four holes in the saucer to act as threading points for the nylon cord. Thinking of a clock, position the holes at 12-3-6-9. When the holes have been made place your saucer on a foil-lined baking sheet and place into the over, per the manufacturer’s directions. Remove from the oven once completely baked and let cool.
Look around your house – where would you like to display your plant? Once you’ve determined that, measure how long your cord needs to be to achieve your desired hanging length. Double that amount for each piece so that you can string the cord through the hanging holes and tie it all together.
Pull all of your cords up and gather together. Tie a simple knot with enough of a loop to act as a hanging point. Your saucer is ready for a plant! Place your air plant in the saucer. Use the cords to help position the plant and keep it in place. It should rest easily on top of the saucer for you to admire.