I have to 'fess up: this DIY was totally inspired by my '90s childhood. Like most girls, I was pretty into friendship bracelets and hair wraps. Frankly, I'm still pretty into friendship bracelets, although I draw the line at hair wraps. And overalls. So far.
I've wanted to add some hanging plants to my bedroom for awhile now, but since I'm working with a pretty small footprint, they needed to be relatively small and unobtrusive. Air plants were the perfect solution - they're compact and don't require tons of care (fingers crossed...). Plus, they can be displayed in hanging glass bulbs, giving the illusion of not taking up space in the room.
I bought my air plants and glass bulbs at Sprout Home, a beautiful plant shop in Williamsburg. Just next to Sprout is Moon River Chattel, which is probably my favorite home store on the face of the earth. I picked up a roll of jute there with the idea of wrapping sections of it in bright embroidery thread.
Here's how I did it:
I elected to create simple figure 8 (Flemish) knots for both the ceiling and glass hooks. They're prettier than a regular overhand knot, but quite functional. Knots by Grog's tutorial for Flemish knots is super clear - the only difference below is that I doubled up on the jute.
Next, it was time to wrap them. I used some of the way too much embroidery thread I have lying around, plus a little Gorilla glue to secure the ends.
Here are my wrapped jute hangers. I think they look best with a variation of colors, wrap sizes, and lengths.
Next, I installed three 1.5" brass cup hooks in my ceiling. These puppies are super simple to work with - you just screw them right into the ceiling using a little elbow grease.
I like! I'm happy with the mix of natural fiber & colorful thread, and feel a little more like a human living on planet Earth having some plants within arm's reach.
Side note, the Tillandsia I bought is in bloom! I feel pretty lucky it's blooming before I inevitably kill it, since they only bloom once during their lifespan.