Picture of Hanging Air Plant Basket from Recycled Wine Corks
One of my friends is obsessed with air plants and was moving into a new place, so I wanted to make a neat gift to welcome him to the new digs. Having just grabbed a huge box of wine corks left over from a wedding, I was eager to put them to use.

These little hanging air plant baskets feature two types of plants and can be hung in groupings or by themselves. They add a lot of charm indoor or out, and the plants are nearly impossible to kill. They make awesome gifts for your less-than-green-thumbed pals.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Picture of Tools and Materials
- Hot Glue Gun
- Scissors
- Small round dish, like a tea light holder. The size of your dish will determine the size of your hanging basket and determine how many wine corks you will need.

- Thread. I used waxed linen thread that I had left over from another project, but any type will work.
- Wine corks. I used ten corks for each planter, but you can easily use more or less depending on how large you want your basket or how large the air plants are.
- Hot glue sticks
- Hemp or yarn (optional)
- Air plants. If you live somewhere that has a lot of airplants, it is likely that many of the branches that fall down during a storm or from squirrel activity have air plants on them that, if not picked up, will go right in the chipper with their fallen branch. I live in Florida and there are air plants littering the ground underneath every tree in my neighborhood, so hopefully you can find some free plants nearby your home. For my air plant hanging baskets I used Spanish Moss and this crazy ball-shaped plant.
cburr11 year ago

Haha I might have to try this out... I think Air Plants are the only plant that I would be able to keep alive. =P

parisusa2 years ago
Great idea (except I live in New England). Thread idea: dental floss....super strong and can survive weather!
onrust2 years ago
cool beans
sirbill2 years ago
What part of THE SOUTH is this??? MUST BE THE SOUTH because of the Hanging Moss...as we have in this part of Alabama.
emilygraceking (author)  sirbill2 years ago
I'm in central Florida. I bet you have a lot of beautiful air plants in Alabama.
Yes Indeed. BUT I am into a different "project"....I have been making Hour Glasses...From various Glass Bottles, 'till my fingers rebelled, Now it is Plastic Drinking "bottles"....
emilygraceking (author)  sirbill2 years ago
That sounds cool! I hope you post an instructable for your project when you are finished.
jpkane2102 years ago
Just for your information, the plants are Tillandsia recurvata, commonly known as Ball Moss and Tillandsia usneoides, commonly known as Spanish Moss, 2 of the 3 Bromeliads native to North America. The other is on the endangered species list. You should check out Bird Rock Tropicals of more unusual Tillandsias as well.
emilygraceking (author)  jpkane2102 years ago
Wow, thank you so much!
l8nite2 years ago
I've been collecting wine corks while out curb mining with no idea why. Now I can clean up my dashboard a little bit ! I also have a small box of keys I've collected so maybe I can combine them. Thanks for sharing !
emilygraceking (author)  l8nite2 years ago
Thank you! I would love to see how you incorporate the keys--sounds very cool.
sunshiine2 years ago
I love this! So clever! Thanks for sharing and please remember to have a splendorous day!
emilygraceking (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you sunshine! I hope you have a splendorous week!