How to Make a Rainforest Themed Centerpiece


Rainforests are lush, green, abundant and brilliantly-colored through the plumage of birds and flowers. A cut flower centerpiece would use exotic flowers such as anthurium, bird of paradise, protea and ginger flowers, as well as orchids. Fresh flowers last for a few days up to a week. Use living plants to create a rainforest themed centerpiece instead and it will lasts for months.

Step 1

Line the bamboo box with coconut fiber cut to just reach the top of the box. Cut the plastic so it's below the fiber. It will keep any water from the live plants from leaking through the box and onto furniture.

Step 2

Push the styrofoam into the ceramic pot. It shouldn't be above the rim of the pot Push the tree branch into the styrofoam. Cover the foam with sphagnum moss.

Step 3

Put the pot and branch into the bamboo box in one corner about 6 inches away from the corner. Place two of the orchid plants on either side of the tree branch pot.

Step 4

Put the bromeliad in the other corner of the box about 3 inches away from the corner. Place the remaining orchid in the center of the box towards the front.

Step 5

Put the creeping fig, or other vine, in front of the tree branch. Wrap the vine up the trunk and through the branches. Secure them with a bit of floral tape if necessary.

Step 6

Secure the epiphytes onto the tree branch in the forks of the branches by using a bit of clear fishing wire. Cover the wire and base of the air plants with sphagnum moss.

Step 7

Fill in with assorted house plants and ferns. Many house plants originated in tropical rainforests. Place the plants as close together as possible. Put taller plants towards the back and sides of the arrangement and smaller plants toward the front and middle of the arrangement. There should be no gaps between the greenery. Cover any visible soil with sphagnum moss.

Step 8

Put the frog at the base of the bromeliad so it's just peeking out. Place the parrot in the tree branch.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't over water the orchids.

Things You'll Need

  • Bamboo box 24 by 18 inches by 6 inches high
  • Coconut fiber
  • Black plastic
  • Scissors
  • Tree branch 24 inches tall should have a number of forks
  • Styrofoam
  • Ceramic pot, 4 inches
  • Bromeliad plant no more than 12 to 15 inches high
  • 2 orchid plants, 12 to 16 inches high
  • Orchid plant up to 12 inches high, but shorter than the bromeliad
  • 3 Epiphytes (air plants)
  • Clear fishing wire
  • Creeping fig or other vine
  • Small houseplants in 4-inch pots
  • Small ferns in 4-inch pots
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Ceramic green frog
  • Artificial parrot


  • Cal Tech: Rainforest Plants
  • "Jane Packer's Guide to Flower Arranging: Easy Techniques for Fabulous Flower Arranging"; Jane Packer, Paul Massey, and Jo Barnes; 2008
Keywords: rainforest centerpiece, rain forest arrangement, rainforest orchid centerpiece

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