Monday, May 2, 2011

DIY orchid basket

I'm not quite sure what sparked this project, but on Friday evening when I got home from dinner I was feeling creative, so I made good use of some sticks in our yard.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My homemade orchid basket"]orchid_basket

First I broke sticks by hand into similar lengths. Then I used a pair of pliers to snip the ends so they were a little more regular. I searched the garage for a while until I came across an old roll of wire. This was perfect because the wire was rusted and blended in with the wood even better - one of the advantages of living in an old family house!  After just about 30 minutes of work I had made a hanging basket for an orchid.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Edge of the orchid basket, where you can see the wiring a little better."]orchid_basket_corner

I think it turned out pretty nice for my first one and that I'll make some more soon.  The orchid that's in the basket in the picture above is Stanhopea wardiiStanhopeas are ideal for hanging baskets because they produce blooms that hang below the plants.  Other orchids actually produce their bloom stems from the roots, hanging down, which makes the open slats in the basket perfect (assuming the plant is directly in the basket, without a pot).  I really only have one or two orchids that require (or appreciate) a hanging basket like this but we have a lot of limbs and sticks in the backyard and I would like to hone my skills.  I think I can make the next one sturdier than the first model.  Maybe someone in the orchid society will want one...

3 comments:

  1. Very clever! I LOVE it, mainly because it is so rustic in appearance. Good job! :)

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  2. Charming!A small fern wound be attractive in
    it also.

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  3. Looks great. White Birch would look nice & brighten up the dark areas for shade loving plants also.

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