Have you ever lusted over beautiful orchid arrangements in flower shops, specialty stores, or even your favorite magazines? Well, I wanted to show you how you can recreate the expensive look for under $20.
I stopped at Walmart this afternoon for a few essentials and saw that they had just received a huge shipment of orchids. They were “value” priced at $10. After looking through 30-40 orchids, I found one that was in pretty good shape.
I also checked out their other indoor plants and saw this awesome bromeliad for $5. I’ve been wanting one for a while, but couldn’t find any for less than $20. I also picked up a bag of orchid potting soil. I was thrilled when I found this little guy. So, for $20 I was going to have a brand new indoor arrangement.
I went home and grabbed an orchid pot that was sitting in my basement. (Granted, if you don’t have one of these at home, this project may cost a little more. However once you buy one, you should have it forever. I recommend picking up something neutral so it can work anywhere in your home.)
I just tucked both plants into the orchid pot and filled in soil around them. I think these plants look beautiful on their own, but when you put them in the same pot, that’s when the magic happens.
I trimmed a few leaves off the bromeliad so that the two plants fit nicely together. I also cut off dry or brown pieces. For the leaves that just had dry ends, I cut a V-shape into the leaves, removing the bad portion. I think this dresses up the plant and gives it some interest. Eventually, the place you cut will turn brown, but you can just give it another quick trim.
For a little seasonal touch, I added a white pumpkin.
I’m not sure where this little beauty will end up, but I did have fun finding a spot for it in my office. Any time I paint a wall in my house, I always have fun playing around with colors to see what looks best. I really like the pink with the mint. The bronze adds a bit of bling.
I found this horribly deformed white pumpkin at a local pumpkin patch. Naturally I had to bring it home with me.
I love this type of indoor arrangement. The flowers on the orchid should last for a few months if given the right light and care. At that point, I can leave it as is and hope it will rebloom, or for $10, I can replace the orchid. As much as I love fresh cut flowers, I think this approach is so much more economical in the long run. This could also make a really special gift.
Anyway, speaking of painting walls in my house. I need to get back to work on my office painting project. What’s on your to-do list for this weekend?