I Love You This Much Treasure Troll Air Plant




About: I like to make crap out of other crap. It's exciting and therapeutic, but to pay the bills I teach math.

Vintage troll doll with a new living hairdo! The cute little outstretched arms are just waiting for a Valentine hug!


Step 1: Assemble Supplies

You need:

Troll doll
Air plant
Glue gun
Needle nose pliers (maybe)

Step 2: Remove Hair

The troll is soft hollow plastic, and the hair is rolled-up fake fur that's glued to the inside edge of the head. You can probably just pull the hair out in one big chunk by hand, but if the glue is super strong you may need the pliers for grip.

Step 3: Bottom Weight

In the first pic you can see all the way down into the hollow legs. We don't want our trolls to end to top heavy, so fill this space with 4 or 5 full squirts of hot glue (I couldn't photograph the action because I only have 2 hands and no tripod, but pic 2 is the after).

Step 4: Glue for Hair

There's probably some remnants of fake fur clinging to the troll's head. It's ok if you can't remove it all. That glue was strong!

Put a ring of hot glue around the inside edge of the head. Let it slightly cool for a few seconds so you don't burn the plant.

Step 5: (H)air Plant

Gently press the plant into the glue until it's firmly held.

You now have a green little friend to give to your sweetie!

To keep the plant alive, spritz with water a couple of times a week. In the winter maybe once a week.



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7 Discussions


2 years ago

This is so cute. I have to find a troll!

I know what you mean about taking pictures. I usually work alone and it is hard to photograph something while you do it.

Is the hot glue heavy enough? I don't know how big/heavy air plants get. I may be substituting a succulent. Are they noticeably heavier?

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Reply 2 years ago

Wow there were like 3 more typos in that reply. Hope you could tell what I was trying to say. And I'm not even drinking!


Reply 2 years ago

I have a problem with typos if I am using my tablet. I don't know how to turn autocorrect off and sometimes think it would be bad if I did--it helps me spell strange words. I could read your response even with typos. Thanks--and the drain holes in the feet are a great idea.


Reply 2 years ago

Succulents ate quite a bit heavier. I saw another instructable with tells that suggested shoving some pennies down there. Or like the comment above, feet holes and skill may be the way to go.


2 years ago

Oh I love these! I'd even drill a small hole in the feet and use soil. Thank you for sharing!!

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Reply 2 years ago

Great idea! Especially if you're thinking of using succulents like in the comment below.