Teach your plants how to tiki!

Home Decor & Oceania

Tiki became increasingly popular in the rest of the world in the second half of the last century. Interest in Polynesian culture partly grew because Hawaii housed an important port during the Second World War. The ‘lei in your hair’ feeling, colourful eye-popping shirts, the style of architecture and woodcarving increasingly found a home in the West. Actual tiki bars appeared, but the inspiration was also very clear in people’s homes. That’s no surprise, since it’s nice to surround yourself with a tropical vibe whilst sipping a Mai Tai. Bring a bit of Oceania into your home by dressing up your plants in tiki style. 

Teach your plants how to tiki! Thejoyofplants.co.uk

Tiki mythology

Polynesian mythology is the great source of inspiration for the tiki art form. Mythological figures are cut or carved out of wood or stone. The emphasis is often on nature and the ocean. Earth and water… Hang on, the penny’s dropped! Suddenly it’s no surprise that there are a host of tiki vases and plant pots available. 

Mad about tiki

The tiki trend is one that needs to be handled with caution. Before you know it, you’ll be surfing through the house in your Hawaiian shirt with Beach Boys songs in the background, and drinking your coffee not out of a mug but out of a coconut {link: fill fruit vase article}. That might be going a bit too far. But lending a tiki twist to the nature in your home is great fun. Vases, plant pots, etagères, complete plant containers with a built-in waterfall - there’s nothing that isn’t available with a touch of tiki. 

Do it yourself 

Of course you can also do it yourself. A substantial kentia palm or banana plant serves as a palm tree, so that’s that aspect covered. You can make exotic vases out of fruit. Obviously you don’t throw the fruit away - use it for a delicious snack. Or even better: as garnish for your over-the-top tiki cocktail. 

Fancy giving your plants a tropical twist? You can buy a suitable tiki-inspired plant pot on Etsy: