Several months ago, hubby and I were visiting a local vintage market, and one of the vendors was a floral designer.
In her booth was a fabulous flower display of white faux orchids in an antique dough bowl. It was set among green moss balls, and it was fabulous!
This display took my breath away…..but unfortunately, so did the price! Thankfully, the owner of the booth was gracious enough to let me take a picture of it for inspiration. I decided that I was going to try my hand at duplicating it in my old French champagne crate that I have.
I headed to a local wholesale florist that sells hundreds of different kinds of realistic looking faux flowers. I wanted to find some white orchids to try and replicate this piece.
Now, I know some of you may not be a fan of faux flowers, and I never have been either….until now. Today’s faux flowers are not like the ones from our mother’s generation!
They look so real that you will want to lean over and smell them!
I’ve had this large French champagne crate for awhile, and love displaying different things in it through the year, depending on the season.
I was actually able to acquire two of them, but I sold one in the shop and kept this one. It makes a perfect display piece on the blue french commode in the kitchen/breakfast room.
Inside, I placed brick size blocks of floral styrofoam in the bottom of the crate, spaced evenly apart. Using blue painters tape, I taped them down so they wouldn’t move, however the blue tape didn’t hold them very well.
I ended up using Gorilla Tape which holds everything!
I had purchased ten of the faux orchids and I placed them in the crate, sticking them down into the styrofoam so they would stand up.
Using crushed paper, I filled in all of the empty space inside the crate.
Then I took bags of green moss and laid the moss over the crushed paper, tucking it in around the edges and around each orchid stem.
The final touch was adding in some of my moss balls in different sizes.
It turned out exactly as I had hoped, and cost a fraction of the cost of the one we saw at the vintage market.
You could do this in any kind of container, and when using faux flowers, you have all kinds of flower choices.
I love orchids, and I have tried to grow so many of them over the years, but they ultimately end up dying.
This is a perfect alternative!