Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paper Orchids

Why hide away your orchids, while you wait for them to reebloom?

Make this easy paper flower, attach it to the plant - and it will still look beautiful, while you wait for the real flowers to come back.

Just follow this tutorial:

All you need is paper, sissors and a piece of wire.

Cut out the two pieces of the flower according to the template (at the end of this tutorial).

Pull the wire through the first part of the flower.
Bend the small leaves back around...
... and pull in front of the large petals.
Pull the wire through the back petals and twist.
Bend and shape the petals and attach to the stem or a stick with the wire.

All done!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Self-Watering Pots

I was getting very tired of watching my herbs die because I forgot to water them EVERY day. So I decided to try and make my own self-watering pots for them.

All you need is some cotton string, a tall container and a plant in a flower pot that is just a little to big to fit into the container.

As you can see above I used different containers: An orchid pot, a metal tomato can and a plastic nudlecup. You can paint them, if you like.

Coffee mugs, will do as well and could look very pretty I think.

Soak the string in water and use a knitting needle to stick it into the bottom of the plant.

Measure how far into the container the pot goes. Fill the container with water below this point.

Make sure the string is in the water, as you insert the pot.
Here you can see, how the edge of the flower pot keeps it from falling into the container. The pot needs to be above the water or the roots of the plant will rot.

Check often to see if there is still water in the container. If you use a glass vase or a tall caffè latte glass as container you can easily keep an eye on the water level.