This week’s post is the next challenge for our international blogger’s Club (IBC). More about IBC at the end of this post. Our theme this month is “Mystical Makes”. I had no idea what this meant so I googled it and this was the meaning (relating to mystics or religious mysticism). My first thought was “buddha” because I have so many around my home and garden. I kept it simple this month and went for a Buddha air planter.
I am a big DIY/craft/art fanatic which has turned me into a hoarder of sorts. This means I hate to throw anything away in case I can use it in another project. Thankfully I have 2 sheds where I can store all my goodies. After having a look around I found a few items I could put together to create my Buddha air planter.
How to make a Buddha air Planter
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Finding suitable materials
I found an old lamp in my stash which I thought would be perfect for the base. I stripped it down so I was left with the base only.
The glass globe on the top is a common one you can pick up from Kmart for a few dollars. You can find Buddha ornaments in budget stores for a couple of dollars. I used cheap resin ones for this project.
My idea was to attach the glass globe to the top of the lampstand to create my planter. For the inside of the planter, I wanted to create a Buddha-themed zen garden for air plants.
Creating the zen garden
To start I added some beach sand to the bottom of the planter. I only used beach sand because I made a sandpit desk a few years back so I had it available. If you want a more dramatic effect you can add different types of sand and layer them. Next, I made some stacked stone embellishments. I used some superglue and some small pebbles from my fish tank and glued them together.
To make the moss-covered rock you can add some glue to the surface of the rock and add some faux moss.
Panting the stand
The buddha and stand I had were different colours and they did not blend together. To fix this issue I paint them both with black acrylic paint.
Next, I used some gold wax paste to highlight all the raised surfaces. To add the wax dip your finger in the wax and lightly rub the gold over any raised surfaces.
Using this method will allow you to use any coloured items and get them to look like they belong together.
To secure the glass globe to the stand I used some epoxy glue. Finally, I added all the embellishments to my globe and my Buddha air plater was complete. I did order some real air plants but they did not arrive in time so I used some fake ones I had at home.
More planter ideas
The planter below was created using an empty chocolate tin.
For this planter, I use a recycled goldfish bowl and gave it a unicorn spit makeover. I have made a few different planters over the years, you can find them Here.
More about IBC
If you follow my blog you will know I am part of IBC (International Bloggers Club) which is a group of talented bloggers from around the world. We have members from Spain, South Africa, Australia, the United States, and Canada. Each month we come together and create a project with a common theme.
The “Mystical makes ” contributions from my fellow bloggers joining us this month are listed below, please feel free to jump over and give them some love.
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- Birdz of a feather | DIY earring holder
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SaraSeptember 19, 2022 at 10:28 pm
it’s incredible how your plastic buddha looks so high end now. I’m sure feeling a lot more zen this morning after seeing this! Fabulous project!
Anita HollandSeptember 21, 2022 at 9:36 pm
Thanks so much Sara.
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MichelleSeptember 19, 2022 at 11:58 pm
So many small details make this such a special project. You know how much I love planters and buddhas, and you’ve combined them to make this gorgeous work of art. Do you know that the little stones you glued on top of each other are called cairns, and in the Scottish tradition, it’s a sign of respect and patience, so it’s fitting that they form part of your planter.
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Anita HollandSeptember 21, 2022 at 9:35 pm
I had no idea, thanks for the info 🥰
Marie BSeptember 26, 2022 at 12:34 am
I LOVE this! What a clever idea for an air planter and I especially like the zen vibe (being a collector of Buddhas myself). What a great pairing of repurposed finds to make it.
Anita HollandSeptember 26, 2022 at 10:48 pm
Thank you so much Maria.