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Saturday, September 8, 2012

DIY Faux Potted Orchid

This post could also be titled, "how to fix the orchid you accidentally killed," because that is exactly what I did. Andrew gave me a beautiful, living, potted orchid for my birthday last year. I found the perfect place for it on the dresser in our bedroom. I watered it weekly...for a while...and then gradually forgot that the lovely flowers needed my attention, until they were no longer lovely. Have you seen the movie "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"? If so, you will understand why Andrew finds it humorous to say to me, "You killed our love plant!"

Anyhow, here's how to make a kill-proof potted orchid...


  • 2 faux orchid vines
  • 1 package of faux orchid leaves
  • an attractive pot
  • moss
  • soil
  • two bamboo sticks, roughly 18 inches long
  • floral wire
  • wire cutters
Full disclosure: As I mentioned above, I killed our orchid, so as you can see in the photo above I was able to cheat on this a little and start with a potted dead orchid which consisted of a pot, soil, moss, bamboo sticks, and wire...I only had to buy the faux flower vines and the faux leaves. So if you'd like to try your hand at caring for a living orchid, you could start with a live plant and if when it dies, go ahead and follow this tutorial to bring it back to life.

Step 1: Fill your pot with soil. Pack the soil down and cover it with moss.

Step 2: Push your two bamboo sticks into the soil so that they are anchored firmly and stand straight up. The sticks should be approximately 5 inches apart.

Step 3: Figure out how tall you want your orchid to be and use your wire cutters to trim the stem of your orchid. For my plant, I made one stem a little taller than the other so that the two stems could stand next to each other and curve parallel to one another.

Step 4: Push the stems of your orchids into the moss covered soil. Use the floral wire to wire the stems to the bamboo sticks so that they stand up straight. If you would like for your orchid to bend to the side like mine, gently bend the wire in the orchid stem until the desired curve is achieved.

Step 5: Fan out the orchid leaves. Use your wire cutters to cut the bases of the four smallest leaves, separating them from the bunch.

Step 6: Push the cut end of the leaves into the soil right at the base of your orchid stems. Arrange them so that there are two leaves at the base of each plant. The two leaves should be opposite each other. Curve the leaves slightly as shown below.

Step 7: Separate the twiggy vines from the bunch of leaves and push them into the soil at the base of each plant.

Step 8: Admire your beautiful creation and surprise your husband by showing him the rejuvenated plant!

1 comment:

  1. "Are you going to let us die, too?!" Love that movie. Josiah and I have the same joke when it comes to potted plants. Not sure why he keeps getting me them :) Good solution!


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