Tillandsias, also known as air plants, are a special kind of plant: they don’t need to be planted in soil and they feed on the air’s humidity. That’s how they earned the nickname, “daughters of the air.” What’s more, they can add a touch of green to any area of the home, from small nooks and crannies, to window frames and even bathrooms. All they need from you is a great set of hanging air plant holders. 🙂
In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to make your own hanging air plant holder. This contemporary and stylish model is inspired by the traditional Scandinavian “himmelis” that are currently all the rage.
Materials you will need
In order to build your hanging air plant holder, you will need:
What size do the brass rods need to be? In order to keep the plant leaves intact, we recommend that you use thin brass rods, with a diameter of 2 to 4 mm. Choose the thickness of the wire in relation to the diameter of the rods. You should be able to thread the wire through the rod at least twice.
For 4mm wide rods you should use 1 mm thick wire. For 2 mm wide rods, thinner wire is recommended (e.g., 0.4 mm wide).
How to build your own hanging air plant holder
Step 1: Cut the brass rods
The model that we are using in this tutorial (which you can check out below) is in the shape of an octahedron, and is made of eight triangles that are joined together, four at a time, by their top corners, leaving the top part larger than the bottom one.
In order to begin, you need 8 rods, each measuring 11 cm in length, and 4 rods, each measuring 17 cm in length. Mark with the handsaw the point where you need to cut the rod by making a small cut.
Bend the rod in order to divide it into the different sections. If necessary, you can file the ends of the rods with a fine sandpaper.
Step 2: Make the first triangle
Cut a piece of wire of approximately 3 m long.
Thread it through three 11 cm long rods. Make a triangle and twist the wire twice to make the triangle stable.
Step 3: Make the second side of the triangle
Thread the wire through two 11 cm long rods.
Bend it in order to join the end of the second rod to the top corner of the previous triangle. Twist the wire twice, in order to maintain the shape.
Step 4: Make the first top side
Thread the wire through two 17 cm long rods.
Bend them into the shape of a triangle as shown in the image.
Step 5: Finish the bottom part of the holder
Place two 11 cm long rods to reach the bottom tip of the holder.
Thread the wire through the rods of the sides that are already in place and thread it again through the last rod in place.
Add the last 11 cm rod and thread the wire through it.
Give shape to the pyramid that makes up the bottom part of the holder by closing this last rod. Twist the wire around the joining point in order for the structure to keep its shape.
Step 6: Finish your hanging air plant holder
Add a 17 cm long rod, threading the wire through it.
Make a loop with the wire at the end of the rod.
Add the last 17 cm long rod, threading the wire through it.
Twist the wire in order to fasten the structure and cut the leftover wire.
All that is left to do now is put your air plant inside!
One doesn’t have to be an expert to create an impact at home! A few licks of paint in the right colour will give your home a new lease of life. ManoMano has a range of ideas for you: whether you want to fool the eye and make a room seem bigger, hide flaws or showcase some key features. So let’s get started on our new projects to transform your home today!
1. REFRESH A ROOM – OR TWO!
The most straightforward project to start with and add character to any room is with a fresh coat of paint.
We recommend combining or contrasting colours in each room to create a mood that best suits your style and way of life. In a bedroom, for example, a warm beige wall will make the space extra cosy, whereas a moss green one will invite you kick back and relax.
While dark colours generally make rooms appear smaller, adding one darker wall in a living room, for example, will open the space up visually.
If you feel inspired to add even more colour, we recommend repainting your hallway or the often-neglected toilet room to set them apart from the rest of your home.
Grown tired of your coffee table? Or perhaps you want to keep that sideboard passed down through the generations, but it doesn’t work with your living room décor? There’s no time like the present for new projects to transform older pieces into a new contemporary design pieces.
Another great technique is repainting shelves, so they stand out from the colour of your walls.
Don’t forget the dining room! Give your table a fresh coat of wood paint.
3. PAINT YOURSELF A HEADBOARD
You can create a headboard using only paint and a paintbrush.
Before you begin, mark out the space you want to paint. We recommend approximately 20 centimetres on each side of your bed and 1 meter above it. To make your bed really stand out, go for darker colours.
And if you’re feeling particularly inspired, try playing with shapes and colours to create a more original headboard.
Tip: For clean lines, use masking tape to draw out your headboard; you can remove them once the paint has properly dried.
4. LET YOUR MIRRORS SHINE
As tastes in home décor change over time, mirrors are often left in the shadows. As luck would have it, there are lots of painting tricks and techniques out there to make sure your mirrors stay current.
We recommend painting the frame in the same colour as the wall upon which your mirror hangs. This technique ensures your mirror is blends into the décor and it also helps make your room appear larger.
If vintage is your thing, opt for metallic paints in either silver or gold.
Remember to protect the surface of your mirror with tape hard-to-clean paint traces will ruin the effect.
5. ADD A SPLASH OF COLOUR TO YOUR KITCHEN
Are you desperate for projects to transform your kitchen but not quite prepared to undertake major renovations? Consider repainting your kitchen, where the sky’s the limit: splashback, furniture and floors!
Create a splashback along your kitchen, thinking about adding extra protection over your sink or cooker.
While it’s common knowledge that children love drawing on walls, not every parent enjoys this creative outlet in the home. Consider transforming a designated surface or even wall into an endless blank canvas with chalkboard paint. Armed with some coloured chalk, kids can create to their heart’s delight: this paint is washable!
TIME TO PICK UP YOUR BRUSHES (and rollers) AND KICK START YOUR VERY OWN PAINT PROJECTS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME! Looking for painting materials? Visit manomano.co.uk to view our wide selection of paints & painting accessories.
Whether you’ve found yourself stuck at home solo, partnered up or with a family, you are not alone in wondering how to keep busy in the coming weeks. Whether it’s for a house in the countryside or a flat in the city, we’ve got lots of ideas to keep busy at home during this period. The next few weeks are an ideal opportunity for finally tackling your home and garden (or balcony!) DIY projects. So go on, make the most of this time to create, repair, organise or even redecorate your cozy living space.
A breath of fresh air, a splash of paint
Painting a wall often feels like the beginning of a new chapter. What’s more, it’s often just the ticket when you want to breathe new life into your living space. Start by choosing the wall you want to paint and then pick out the colour you want. We’ve got more clever painting tips and projects below for a range of styles and desired effects!
Pantone have announced their colour of the year 2019 as ‘Living Coral’. This vibrant and warm colour with a peachy orangey hue has inspired all kinds of interior design ideas for the up and coming year. We’ve put together some some of the ways in which you can inject the colour of the year into your home, so that you can find the best way keep your space up to date with the trendiest colour pallette.
If you’re searching for a more prominent way of having ‘Living Coral’ in your home – look no further. This environmentally friendly wallpaper has a straight match pattern meaning it’s easy to measure out the width. You’ll start by putting it on 1 wall and then end up with this shade on all 4…
This lampshade is a more delicate alternative to the vibrant and eye catching ‘Living Coral’. Should you want to introduce these pinky orangey hues into your colour scheme but have them toned down for the time being – this gorgeous pendant lamp will satisfy your colour craving.
This roman blind is a great match to Pantone’s colour of the year. We love the balance of the transparent and opaque colours on the body and rimming of the blind. It even seems as if this colour scheme is the perfect combination of reds and pinks and would create ‘Living Coral’ when mixed together.
Gone are the days of plain white and grey bathrooms. Be bold to add a splash of colour where you can for some added vibrancy to your bathroom. We’d suggest starting with something along the lines of toilet pedestals as they are a great non-committal way of doing it.
For those with a super stylish nature, take a look at this coral wallpaper which is patterned with subtle metallic flamingoes. This would go perfectly with a vintage style room paired with antiques – ‘Living Coral’ really is versatile!
We hope you picked up some inspiration on how to incorporate Pantone’s colour of the year into your home in a way which suits you. It’s beautiful vibrancy can be added to your space in so many different ways, so don’t hesitate to bring out the brightness in 2019 and start it off with a bang!
Here’s the heads-up on the top 10 hottest interior design trends of the upcoming year so that you can be prepared and in the loop of what to expect in 2019. This post will help you plan ahead on how you can incorporate these into your space and give you an idea on the kind of things you’ll be seeing in all the interior magazines and catalogues. You saw it here first!
A huge trend this year is the scalloped edge. You’ll be seeing this design all over interior magazines and catalogues due to it’s elegant ability to fit in with both modern and 70s feel that everyone is excited about at the moment. This elegant design would fit in easily with so many home designs due to its simplicity and addition to the art deco feel. Bringing back rounded edges into interior design is looking big in 2019, not only with this particular design, but also with rounded back chairs and carpets in the home which makes 2019 the year of the ‘curvy trend’.
This ‘scalloped’ graphic pattern has also been adapted to lots of different surfaces all over the face of 2019’s interior design’s up and coming trends due to its original and eye catching nature. Similarly to the curved and scalloped edges which we see emerging, scales fall also into the ‘curvy trend’ that you’ll soon be seeing everywhere. It’s alternative name (when tiled) is ‘mermaid tiles’ – should you want to have a look for yourself!
Although this trend was still extremely apparent in 2018, it’s also heading head first into 2019 and not slowing down any time soon. People have been head over heels with velvet on everything including furniture, so it is a firm safe option if you’re afraid of short lived trends. It’s plush and cosy feel is too intriguing to re-sit.
This super sleek design does not only provide you with lots of sleek space in your bathroom, concrete also provides a waterproof and durable surface to work with which is extremely easy to manage. This industrial-style trend fits in perfectly with the modern minimalist style but also leaves you the flexibility to layer and add accessories which will also go with it.
The emerging trend of darker toned kitchens is a sleek and sophisticated upgrade to the older greys and whites that have been found in kitchens of the past. Having a two tone kitchen like in the images above compliments the colour of your surface, making the whole appearance more minimal and muted. Along with this, not only are they easier to maintain, but they also deter from the plain cupboards and gives you more of a focus on the intricacies of your kitchen decor.
This trend is a more specific example of the emerging brass and gold tones that are becoming more and more apparent in interior design. Touches of this bright metal is an eye catching addition to what may be a cool toned or colour matched room which needs a bit of brightness. As shown, brass taps work beautifully in kitchens when complimenting darker or navy surfaces giving a new twist on a 90s classic due to a bit of mix and match.
Warm, blush and muted tones
This trend has come along with the re emergence of the 70s/80s interior boom which we’ve been seeing lately. The influence of the era’s warmer tones have influenced the interior design world more and more, to the extent that 2019 will be the year of the orangey pinks, guaranteed! Although these colours could seem hard to incorporate, no need to worry – they also pair well with neutral colours and tones for a calming palette and are excellent at emphasising other colours which you can integrate into your space at your own pace.
This has been around for a while now and had taken a step back for a few years but is on the rise and heading straight for trendy interiors in 2019. You’ll see it in the form of sustic reds, oranges and beiges, carpeted wooden floors, rugs and plenty of fringing. What is great about this particular trend is that you have the freedom to layer and play around with it to see what works for you. Experiment with different colours, textures and shapes from the high street, online and even antique or thrift shops.
Terrazzo is a confetti type looking pattern, made out of chips of marble, quartz, granite and glass which is set in cement or resin to appear playful and eye catching. Dating all the way back to mid-century design in Italy where it was used for flooring due to its durability (and a short comeback for flooring in the 70s) – it’s here to show its face again 2019. And not just to be used for surfaces, these unique patterns are here for the new year in all sorts of different forms, not only as walls or surfaces but also as prints of shower curtains or even candle holders!
The use of matte colours creates an incredibly sleek and sophisticated feel to your space which is modern and clean. It’s intriguing due to its silky smooth appearance and clean lines which can mostly be found in kitchen designs. Matte colours are now here to stay, in 2019 you’ll see much fewer white shiny and glossy finishes and more matt and powdery darker ones.
We hope you now have a better idea of what to expect in this coming years hottest interior design trends, if you’ve been inspired or use one of these trends in your own home, please let us know by tagging us or using the hashtag #manomanouk!