Orchids are always an excellent choice for home decor as they are elegant, the blooms last a few weeks and they come in a variety of colours. Second to peonies orchids would have to be my favorite flower (shortly followed with roses), so I decided to incorporate them into a room without much natural sunlight. Due to the limited light I decided to try DIYing a fake plant. Surprisingly if you are willing to invest in a high quality fake orchid plant you shouldn’t be able to easily tell the difference between the real and the fake. This gorgeous fuchsia phalaenopsis orchid cost only $7.50 to make, and provides a cheery burst of pink to the room.
To make your own DIY orchid you will need some sort of pot, for mine I used Ikea’s Kardemumma pot which I picked up for $2.24. Next I went to the dollar store and picked up a block of floral foam, and green moss for $1 each. Using a craft knife place the pot onto the foam and trace the bottom of the pot with your knife. Cut off the extra foam until the foam will fit snuggly within the pot leaving about 1/2 an inch of space at the top of the pot.
Next I covered the foam with green moss so that none of the foam is visible. You will only need a very small amount of moss, I used about 1/4 of a small bag. Once the moss is on take your orchid stem and stick it into the middle of the pot. Your fake orchid branch may or may not come with leaves. I had picked up my fake orchid branch from Urban Barn on clearance for $3.00, but you can buy similar branches from Afloral.com for $2.89. If there are leaves on the branch slide them down so that they sit directly above the moss. If your branch doesn’t have any leaves you will need to buy some fake orchid leaves, I got mine for $3.29. Position the leaves and roots to evenly space them around the pot.
The best part about this project, aside from how good the plant looks, is you can make it in less than 5 minutes!