Monday, April 13, 2015

How To: Potted Orchids Displayed In A Dough Bowl

I've been in the mood to give my living room a fresh update for the spring/summer season {see this instagram picture}.  One of the great advantages to living in Miami is that we have access to gorgeous tropical foliage at an amazing price.  I saw a local farmers stand on the side of the road last week with a sign advertising orchids for sale for $10 each.  Sold!

I love my vintage wooden dough bowl, and often use that as a vessel for displaying seasonal decor around my house.  Armed with my orchids in hand, I decided to try my dough bowl out as a planter, and am SO happy with how it turned out!

Read on to see how it all came together....

Materials that you'll need:

  • Wooden dough bowl, or another vessel to pot your orchids in {even an old wooden salad bowl would work for this project!}.
  •  2-3 medium sized orchids, depending on the size of your bowl.  I looked for orchids that had plenty of buds that had not yet bloomed, thus ensuring that I would get about a months worth of enjoyment out of this display.
  • 2-3 bags of decorative moss {can be purchased at most crafts supplies stores like Michaels}.
  • 1 bag of gravel or small rocks.
  • 1 medium sized garbage bag.
  • Scissors.

Step 1.

Cut the bottom of your garbage bag, about 6 inches from the bottom.  Place the bottom piece inside your bowl, and spread a thin layer of gravel/rocks on the bottom.  This will aid in drainage for the orchids.

Step 2.

Nestle your orchids on top of the layer of gravel, maneuvering them until they will sit upright.  This part is a little tricky since they love to just flop right over so feel free to add more rocks or whatever will help them stay up.  I originally bought 3 orchids for this project, but felt that it looked a little crowded so keep that in mind.

Step 3.

Add moss, and really try to pack it down so that your orchids stay put and move around minimally.  Additionally, arrange the moss so that the plastic container that your orchids are sitting in is well concealed.

Step 4.

Move bowl to a sunny location and enjoy!  For tips on how to care for your orchids, check out this link.

I displayed my orchids on our recycled wood console table behind the couch.  It's flanked by two black lanterns on either side that I filled with sand, shells, and a pillar candle.  The black lanterns really compliment the black stitching detail in my new pillows on the couch.  I'm really happy with how this looks, and it's the perfect refresh that my living room needed!

For more home decor projects that I've worked on in the past, check out these posts:

Hoping this gives you a little inspiration to make small changes around your house to welcome in the new warmer weather seasons! Thanks for reading! xx


  1. You did such a great job!!! I love this DIY!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. Could this be any more amazing?! So obsessed, your living room looks ahhh-maze! xx B

  3. Gorgeous and the perfect inspiration for my project!! Also, can you tell me where those awesome baskets are from under the sofa table?

  4. Wow...beautiful display! I need your help. I water my orchides by taking in the sink,( my pots has holes in the bottom so I can Water properly). Can you please share with me how you water your orchids? I would love to display in some old bowl. Thanks.



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