How to DIY an Orchid Basket

Looking for an alternative to the traditional bridal bouquet? Here's how to make a cool basket of orchids in 3 easy steps.
by The Knot

Thinking of making your own bridal bouquet? This simple basket is cool and contemporary and allows the flowers to shine. Green stalks of Equisetum (also known as horsetail) cover a papier-mache box and transform it into a nature-made wedding satchel ideal for a bride, the bridesmaids, or the flower girl.

Though shown here with elegant Cymbidium orchids, the box really could be used for almost any kind of flowers -- even hand-gathered wildflowers. Floral baskets make the sometimes-awkward hand-held bouquet a comfortable, everyday item.

What You'll Need:

  • Artificial wired vines
  • Aquapics
  • Cymbidium orchids
  • Duct tape
  • Equisetum
  • Hot glue
  • Papier-mache box
  • Plastic foam

Step 1: Assemble the Basket

  • Cut Equisetum in pieces long enough to cover the papier-mache box.
  • Wrap backward-facing duct tape around the box, so the adhesive side faces out.
  • Affix Equisetum to duct tape.

Step 2: Make the Handle

  • Wrap wired vines around the box for extra binding.
  • With dabs of hot glue, affix a permanent vine handle to the inside of the papier-mache box.
  • Glue a piece of plastic foam into the bottom of the box.

Step 3: Create the Bouquet

  • Insert Cymbidium orchids into Aquapics that have been filled with water.
  • Apply floral adhesive to the end of each Aquapic, and press the Aquapics into the plastic foam.

Excerpted from Florists' Review: 101 Wedding Bouquets. To order a copy of the book, call (800) 367-4708.

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