Tuesday, March 18, 2014

THE LOOK FOR LESS - FAUX ORCHID ARRANGEMENT


Recently while browsing Marshall's, this orchid arrangement caught my eye (sorry for the bad photo). I almost bought it for $19.99, but then my thrifty nature got the better of me and I thought surely I could make my own for much less.


Our Ross stores have had a great selection of blue and white pieces lately, and the prices can't be beat, so I was sure that I could find a great container.

Here's what I came up with:


blue and white pot (Ross): $3.99
2 white orchid stems (1/2 price at Hobby Lobby): $4
1 stem faux orchid leaves (Michael's with coupon): $3.60
styrofoam brick and assorted moss: already had

After I had gathered my supplies, it took about 5 minutes to put this arrangement together.  I cut my foam just bigger than the opening so I could just wedge it in and not have to use glue to secure it.


Then, I placed the stems where I wanted them.  I like to separate the orchid leaf stem (like I did here) and just use a few, so really that one stem is enough leaves for 2 arrangements.


Finally, to mimic the look of a real orchid, I use a wooden skewer alongside the stem to stabilize it.  Tying them together with a small piece of raffia gives a natural look.


So, for a grand total of just around $12, I saved enough to make two for the price of the original.


Now, if I could just find one more pot to match!  Enjoy your Wednesday, friends!


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16 comments:

  1. looks gorgeous! i need some faux orchids- i have killed the real ones before.

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  2. I love orchids, but they are so hard for me to keep. I'll have to look into some faux ones myself! Yours looks perfect!

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  3. Gorgeous! I love that planter. I have a faux orchid in a blue and white vase on my mantel, too! Love it!

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  4. Our Ross has great blue pots too.
    I might be able to do this with my real orchids after they are done blooming. I stick the faux flowers in them to wait and see if I can get them to re-bloom. Love your arrangement

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  5. Great idea...I think I kill every orchid I buy...I need an orchid whisperer....xo K

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  6. I saw all those pretty blue pots at Ross several months ago, I need tot check back! Pretty and thrifty idea for the orchid!

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  7. I have that exact blue pot from Ross! My husband bought me an orchid for my birthday, and I put it in that pot, let's hope I can keep it alive;)

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  8. Yes, you definitely did a great job on your faux orchids Jennifer, I should try this project since I have a bunch of faux orchids at home too!

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  9. Love it Jennifer! You always do the coolest stuff and it looks so great with your style!

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  10. So pretty. I think I may have to try the fake route. I just cannot keep orchids alive!

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  11. I've never heard of Ross before but you sure find some great stuff there! Love how it turned out!

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  12. Wow! It looks so real! Had you not said anything I woulda been none the wiser. Our Ross stores have great blue and white pottery as well:)

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  13. Love your new orchids for cheap....

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  14. I love it! I don't really have a green thumb but have always wanted orchids. This would be an affordable way to have them and insure they would last!

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