Since I saw this upcycle idea you’re seeing here in this post, I’ve been looking forward to writing about it. The subject is about nature, something that’s close to my heart. Design, planet and nature are to me all incorporated in the term ‘upcycle design‘. So what better way to show this than upcycle design intended for using plants. A few nice examples are Plantation by Alicja Patanowska, Elegant Farm by oopsmark and a small contribution by myself called MilkBasket1. All of these designs aim to bring plants, green, into our living room by means of upcycled objects.
A very decorative upside down bottle vase
And now I’m adding another fantastic, small, but very friendly upcycle design piece to this green category. It’s an upside down Hanging Bottle Vase designed by The Merrythought. This blog was established in 2013 by Caitlin and Manda McGrath and is a Western New York-based lifestyle site devoted to simple living.
“We share many creative and useful DIY projects with a focus on natural and affordable materials.”
If you’re like me and like nature and indoor plants, well this upcycle design object might be something for you. Especially because the team from The Merrythought made a great tutorial for this DIY project. There’s not a lot you’ll need, but it starts with a vintage bottle and plant.
The plants that they use are Air Plants, real name Tillandsia. These plants are called this way because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air. Since a few years they have become quite popular. Why? I think that’s because they are quite decorative and they are low-maintenance. Tillandsia are available in many many variaties, colours and sizes and some of the plants even get flowers.
Outside in nature air plants attach themselves to shrubs, trees, rocks or the ground with their roots and are native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America, the southern United States and the West Indies.
Photos © The Merrythought
Air plants are perfect for a person who thinks he /she can’t grow anything, not even a houseplant. If you’re still not convinced if this plant is something for you and want to know more, please visit Air Plant Design Studio. Here you’ll find a lot of info and a great variety of air plants. Hope you’re just as enthusiastic as I’m about having a go at creating my own hanging bottle vase with an air plant.