My friend Heidi asked me to plant her faux Ikea orchids in her dough bowl! I was so excited to take on the task. I had never bought or worked with the Ikea orchids, but I have been so impressed with how real they look.

These orchid centerpieces can run about $400. Yikes! I can buy a lot of target tees for $400. LOL.

So if you love the look, but don't want to spend all that cash - this is the perfect project for you.

So here is my step-by-step guide!

  1. You will need a vessel. Look for a bowl that has a little bit of depth to it. This dough bowl was a bit shallow, so securing the orchids was a little tricky. It can be done, but it might be easier if your bowl is a bit deeper. This dough bowl was from Homegoods, which is a great place to look for bowls. But you can find them ANYWHERE! Target, antique stores, thrift stores!

  2. You will need some pretty sturdy foam. This is what I used. I cut it to fit the bowl. This was the hardest step because the foam was very thick and difficult to cut. So if you get to this point and think about quitting, just know the rest is downhill from here! :)

  3. Take a part the entire Ikea orchid. This takes a bit of man power. I used almost every part of it (except for the plastic brown stick).

  4. Stick the orchid stems in the foam. Stick them in pretty deep until they feel secure.

  5. Add the leaves around the stems.

  6. Take your time tucking in the moss. It is important to use a good amount of moss so that you cover the entire foam board and you also tuck around the sides between the bowl and foam so that it makes the foam even more secure. I would also use a few different types of moss. I thought the texture and color of the white reindeer moss added another element of interest to the arrangement!

  7. I hot glued the roots from the Ikea orchid to the moss. I would put them in different places so it doesn't feel too uniform. This is just another way to make the arrangement feel more real.

  8. Then I stuck 4 of these bamboo sticks from Amazon next to the taller stem.

  9. I used gold wire to secure the bamboo stick to the orchid stem. Then I pulled the curly part of the down and stuck it in the foam. THIS step makes your arrangement look like a piece of art and totally elevates the look!

  10. I took a little extra foam and hot glued it to the stem of the orchids.

  11. I added a few extra faux leaves I had on hand to the bottom of the arrangement to create a bit more interest.

  12. Then I sprayed a generous amount of faux plant gloss all over the arrangement. Do not skip this step, because the shine it adds to the arrangement makes it look real. I used a ton! Ha!

Here is a list of things I used!!

  1. Foam Board

  2. Moss

  3. Gold wire

  4. Bamboo Sticks

  5. Hot Glue Gun

  6. Ikea Orchids

  7. Gloss Spray

I keep imagining how beautiful this centerpiece will be in each season! It is perfect on its own, but you can add Easter eggs during Easter. You can add mini American flags during 4th of July or Memorial Day! Put a few tiny gourds in the bottom during the Fall. Add sparkly ornaments during Christmas! Or colorful ribbon when you're celebrating a birthday or special occasion! The options are endless!

Well what do you have...

I thought about this little video when I was creating this arrangement this week.

I love Priscilla Shirer and I love the way she drew out such a practical and applicable lesson from a Bible story I have heard so many times.

I’ve thought about this lesson so many times over the last year and this week when I arranged these flowers from my own backyard, I could hear the words “well what do you have?” in my head.

How quick I have been to think of what I don’t have! I don’t have the time, I don’t have the ability, I don’t have the resources or the access I need. And what a lie I’m embracing when I allow those thoughts to keep me from using what I do have.

The branches and flowers I used in that arrangement are not overly impressive or beautiful on their own. Honestly, I have overlooked them so many times. But they were available to me!

And I had a vision for them. Those simple branches became so much prettier in the hands of someone who saw the potential and had the power to see that potential through.

I cannot tell you the abundant hope I feel when I think about what God can do with my little bit. My little time, my little talent... When I hand it over to the CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE, I’m making the ultimate investment. He might just take it and feed 5,000... He might just use it to encourage a single person.

I’ve been so hesitant to start writing again - but I keep thinking that maybe my blog post will encourage just ONE person. Maybe the little bit I have to give today, God can use to encourage just one of you and just thinking of that really brings me a lot of joy and the confidence I need to hit publish.

A while ago, I started writing out little or sometimes long prayers and sticking them under Tripp's mattress. When I started doing this, I was still pregnant with Blaire Alice, so I drew a circle on the floor where her crib would be and I would lay my prayers in that circle. I did this nearly everyday. I had read something about prayers never expiring and I was so moved thinking about that the prayers I pray over my kids today would surround them for the rest of their lives. It also brought me great comfort to think of them sleeping on my prayers for them every night.

During this particular time in my life, I was really struggling. Since I had miscarried babies before, I was filled with fear over this one. I spent most of my days overwhelmed with worry... I woke up everyday questioning whether the baby's heart was still beating and wondering if I would get to hold this baby in my arms. The only way to work through my worry that day was to get out pen and paper and pour my heart out to God - tears often falling on the paper as I wrote. And in almost a ceremonial way, I would walk the prayer to its designated spot, kneel down, read it aloud and lay it in the circle or tuck it under the mattress. It was the best way I knew how to truly cast my cares upon Him.

The one thing I know about parenting: it is hard. It gets hard on day 1 and continues to get harder everyday thereafter. We are constantly entering into new phases (just when you thought you knew what you were doing) and I am always finding new things to worry about (I am really good at that). And most of the things I worry about are completely out of my control - well, that is until I pray about it...

I love this quote from Praying Circles around Your Children by Mark Batterson, "Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows."

My prayers are shaping my children's destinies, and their children's, and their children's... So I speak (or write) God's promises over them and ask God to bless them and keep them, pour His favor over them.

And after I have done that and tucked them under their mattresses, I don't feel so overwhelmed. In fact, I feel empowered - because there is power in prayer. Not mine, but His. And His power is made perfect in my weakness.

I don't have as much time on my hands as I did before I was chasing Blaire Alice around. So now I like to rotate the kids (and I do it for Patrick too). I think I might get each of them a journal and just record my prayers in there. If you decide to do this too, make sure you date the prayers. I can only imagine how cool it will be for your children to read through your prayers and see the ones that God answered. What a faith-building experience for them!

I have thought about writing this out for so long, but I always get nervous about sharing things like this. I knew God wanted me to share this - maybe it is just for one person who needs encouragement or needs a way to deal with their worry. I hope this becomes a helpful strategy for you. If you're looking to go the extra step, I highly recommend reading Circlemaker by Mark Batterson. The book will change your prayer life. The one pictured below is a shorter version and focuses on praying for your children. I believe there is also one for marriage, but I haven't read that one... hahaha... probably should. :)