How to Make DIY Levitating Plant Home Decorations?
In 2021, we use natural elements to maintain a calm vibe. Indoor plants are a great way to add to your earthy vibe, so floating plants are a perfect indoor decoration for your home. Plus, gone are the days when we had to go through the hassles of looking after the plants.
These floating plants can rotate 360 degrees to get maximum exposure to sunlight. So if your house has good access to natural light, it’s time to add some levitating plants. Here are some fabulous DIY levitating plant ideas to help you decorate your home!
How Does a Levitating Plant Work?
Floating plants are an essential part of modern decor that allows you to nurture your plants while maintaining a stylish outlook. These plants stay in the air, and some of them are capable of rotating.
They indeed look magical, but what is the secret behind their levitation? Well, floating plants use magnetic levitation to stay elevated. They have a magnet in their base and another magnet at their top.
The magnets work together to create repulsion between the two parts of the plant. This repulsion helps to create the effect of levitation.
So, if you’re still wondering that magnets basically attract each other, then how is this levitation possible? Well, a magnet has two poles; North and South. The opposite poles attract each other and, like poles, repel each other.
Hence, these levitating plants use the same poles of the magnet to create the repulsion, which helps create levitation.
How to Make Your Levitating Plant at Home?
While most of the do-it-yourself projects end up in the trash can, we assure you that your magnetic levitating plant will make it to your decoration shelf! Here is the procedure to make your levitating plant.
- A wooden box
- A wooden glass or a small container
- Drill machine
- Electromagnet base
- Disc magnet
- A small plant
Steps to Make the Levitating Plant
- First, drill a small hole in the back of the wooden box. This hole is for the power cord. Then pass the power cord through the hole.
- Next, you have to connect the power cord to the electromagnet base before closing the box’s lid. Again, make sure that the electromagnet is close to the top so it doesn’t cause any hindrance for levitation.
- If the wooden box is deep, you can stuff the base with some newspaper. Then keep the magnet as close to the lid as possible.
- Take the wooden glass or container that you’ll use as a plant pot. Pour some glue inside the container and stick the levitation disc magnet to its base.
- Make sure that you place the lid of the wooden box between the two magnets.
- Then add greenery by placing your air plant inside the planter.
- Before you keep your plant container over the wooden box, make sure you find the levitation spot. You can do this by hovering another small magnet over the lid.
- Plugin the base and keep all the metal objects away. Then try to hold the plant pot about six inches above the lid at the center before you gently let go.
- If your plant pot falls, lift it and try again as it takes several attempts to find the exact levitation spot. Once you find the magnetic spot, your plant will hover for hours!
How to Design a Levitating Planter Using a 3D Printer?
To make this planter yourself, you will need a 3D printer, or you could always get someone to print it for you. So, first, design the planter on 3D printing software.
You can import the dimensions from the websites that have designed a pot before, or you could use your own measurements.
Designing a planter will take a couple of hours, but if you get it right, then it’s worth it. Once you are done creating the geometric plant pot, you could either use a wooden box or design the base of your planter too.
Once you print out all the parts, place the magnetic disk in the planter. Use some glue to paste the magnet so that it stays fixed.
Then keep the magnetic base in the box. Before you test the magnet, use cardboard or a thin wooden sheet between the bottom and the plant container. This step is vital because if you don't find the levitation spot, the magnet could get damaged.
To suspend the magnet in the air, hold the planter with both of your hands. Then slowly lower it to the middle of the base.
Keep it about six inches above the lid. When you feel that the planter is pushing upwards, try to place it in the middle.
Once the planter supports itself, let go gently, and your 3D levitating plant is ready!
How to Make Levitating Plant Pots for Home Decorations?
Plants take up small spaces very effectively, so if you’re using them to create a warm interior, it is essential to keep them in stylish pots. So, if you don't want to use wooden glass or typical containers for your levitating plant, you can create some modern planters by utilizing your creative skills.
DIY Geometric Levitating Plant Container
You need basswood round rustic wood, a drilling machine, acrylic paints, needle nose pliers, and metallic wires for making your geometric plant container.
Cut out the strands of metallic wires in equal lengths, then use the needle-nose pliers to curl the ends of the wire strands. Then pass the uncurled strands through the holes in the wooden plates.
The strands should pass through the wood, and the curled end should stay in the base. Then flip the wood and place it on a table. Hold the metallic wires together at the top of their length to tie another wire around the top.
Curl the wire at the top and bend the wires outside like a birdcage. Leave one wire to place the plant inside the cage.
Once you have placed your plant in the metallic planter, bend the wire to close the cage. This should create a cage similar to the metallic decoration cages.
You can also use rectangle or square bases to create different geometric designs with the help of a wire.
DIY Clay Planters
If you want to add color to the magnetic levitating plant container, you can make DIY clay planters. Clay planters are easy to make, and you can paint them to create something similar to the animal planters.
Clay planters allow you to make anything out of it. So you can decorate your home by making a plant container that you like best.
To make a clay planter:
- Take a small plastic flowerpot and cover the outer side with clay.
- Firmly press the clay around the pot to smooth it out.
- Add some clay around the edges and cover the exterior surface with the clay.
Use a wet tissue or a cloth and dab the clay. If you want to carve the pot, you can create designs using needles or a stationary ruler. Once the clay dries, you can paint it with your favorite colors.
Allow the paint to dry before placing the magnetic disk inside the clay container. This clay planter will surely grab the attention of everyone who catches a glimpse of it.
DIY Tin Can Planter
Do you want to make the best of your tin cans? You can repurpose tin cans for your levitating plant decorations. There are many ways to decorate tin cans; here are a few fantastic and creative ideas!
Painting tin isn’t easy, so you can use some decoupage techniques to create artistic tin planters. Firstly, use white spray paint to cover the tin’s metallic color.
You can cut out chart papers, glazed papers, or Marimekko paper napkins. Next, use decoupage glue on the tin. Then gently press the paper cutouts on the surface of the container to paste them. Finally, you can press on the decorative cutouts by using a foam brush.
Once the glue gets dry, you can use acrylic varnish on the tins. Then, gently spray the varnish over the tin cans.
When your tin is dry, pour some glue inside the container and place the magnetic disk. You have to make sure that the magnetic disk fits well before allowing the can to float over the magnetic base.
While plants make the best decoration, they also have a positive impact on your health. So whether they are floating or potted plants, you must include indoor plantations in your home to create a pleasant vibe.
We hope these ideas would help you make the most of these DIY levitating plants for your home decorations.