Spring Desk Pretties

Recently we shared a tutorial for how to make a Phalaenopsis orchid, also known as a moth orchid for its open blooms that almost look like wings. Today we are going to show you how to turn those blooms into a beautiful potted plant that you can display on your desk at work, place in your entryway at home or give as a gift for a loved one. Once you make your potted paper orchid, we guarantee you will fall in love with this no-maintenance decor! 

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wire Cutters
  • Paintbrush
  • Art Sponge

Materials

  • Crepe Paper [Double Sided: Sangria & Aubergine; Cypress & Green Tea]
  • One 18 Gauge Floral Wire
  • Eight 20 Gauge Floral Wires
  • Floral Tape
  • 1/4″ Foam Balls
  • Quick Dry Tacky Glue
  • PanPastel [White Fine, Red Iron Oxide Tint]
  • Floral Foam
  • Dried Moss

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Print the PDF pattern at the bottom of the post and cut crepe paper according to the template.
  3. Using tacky glue, attach petals to the foam balls using a paintbrush.
  4. Overlap the petals as you glue, pinching them at the top. 
  5. Glue the green circular piece to the base of the flower bud with the darkest side showing. 
  6. Use the art sponge to apply the PanPastel to the lower half of the flower bud.
  7. Wrap all of the floral wire with floral tape. 
  8. Cut two of the 20 gauge wires into 2″ pieces.
  9. Stab the 3″ wire into the base of the flower bud and glue into place.
  10. Take a 6″ piece of wrapped floral wire and attach three of the flower buds to it with floral tape. Attach the remaining five buds to another section of wrapped floral wire.
  11. Using floral tape, attach the orchid flowers and bud stems to the 18 gauge wire. 
  12. Using the art sponge, apply the white PanPastel to two of the 20 gauge wrapped wires. These will be the roots.
  13. Cut the root wires down into smaller pieces varying in lengths.
  14. Glue a floral wire down the middle of the leaves on the lighter colored green side. Fold in half until the glue dries then lay flat. 
  15. Place a piece of floral foam into your vessel of choice,
  16. Cover the foam with dried moss.
  17. Place the orchid stem into the pot. Make sure it is firmly secured in the foam. 
  18. Add the leaves and roots into the floral foam. 

Tips

For all of those readers just discovering the wonders of crepe paper, be sure to watch our Crepe 101 video to learn techniques for cutting and crafting with the material before starting your potted paper orchid. Crepe is a very forgiving material, so these projects almost always turn out gorgeous no matter how much crafting experience you have. We recommend finding a vase that is large enough to visually balance the length of the stem and blooms. For more practice with this technique of making potted paper plants, browse through our potted botanical collection

Run With It!

Find all of our crepe paper flower tutorials to discover the potential of our favorite paper material. We would LOVE to admire your paper flower creations, so please share your photos with us on Instagram by tagging them with #DIYDreamingWithLia! You may even see your photo featured on some of our social media channels 😉 Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily inspiration in your news feed, or visit our membership page to become a part of our community of creatives from all over the world. See you there! ~ Lia & Team