Introduction: 2 Gift-able Projects Using Real Plants!

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Step 1: Air Plant Tips

Air plants need the following:

- bright, indirect light
-Good air flow
- to be misted 2-3 times a week

Step 2: Pineapple Planter

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You'll need:

- a container for the "fruit part" of the pineapple planter. Mine has texture on it but yours can be round or a terra cotta pot painted yellow etc. think outside the box! I got this container from Michaels last year around the holiday season

- some rocks (to prop the plant up higher and help it stand up) (mine are from Michaels)

- air plant (on larger side) I got mine from my local plant place Called johnsons

Step 3: Assembling Pineapple Planter

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Place the rocks in the planter

Place the air plant on top of the rocks

Step 4: TaaaDahhhhh!!

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Pineapple planter is done. See the last step for an idea of how to present it as a gift.

Step 5: Gumball Machine Planter

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You'll need the following:

- plastic gumball machine from Dollar Tree with holes drilled in the plastic globe part of it (start with a smaller bit to puncture it then a larger bit can make big holes) or you can use a real gumball machine and just leave the top off it. This Instructable uses the Dollar Tree Gumball machine

- rocks (mine are from Michaels)

- small air plant

Step 6: Rocks!

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Add a few rocks into the gumball machine. You'll want to make sure it's too many cause want the air plant to fit in there comfortably

Step 7: Add Your Plant

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Time to add your air plant to the gumball machine terrarium!

I put the top of the machine on because I like how it looks but if you leave it off the plant will get even more air circulation. The plant expert at the place I got them though said that just the drilled holes would be sufficient. If you're using a real glass gumball machine you'll need to leave the top off.

Step 8: TAAA DAHHHH

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You've seen how to make these gifts, next is ideas how to present them without fully wrapping them! (We want the plants to still get the air they need).

Step 9: Gift Presentation

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So ideas for wrapping these are:

Pineapple planter:

- clip a gift tag onto the container (pictured. Need ribbon, gift tag, sharpie, small clothes pin. Write out the persons name then make the downstrokes thicker. Tie a bow through the gift tag hole and clip onto the container with clothespin)

- wrap just the container in wrapping paper so there's still a surprise element to the gift!

Gumball machine terrarium:

- tie a ribbon into a bow around the base of the gumball machine (pictured. Need ribbon. Can add a gift tag if you'd like!)

-wrap just the base of the gumball machine terrarium

-put in a small basket with other things for the persons desk like cute pencils, clips etc and stick tissue paper into the basket here and there and/or tie a bow onto the basket

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