Kosta Boda Safari Leopard Cat Modern Vase

What you need:

  • 1 stem of a Phalaenopsis Orchid (mine was white and fuchsia)
  • 2 stems Oncidium or "Dancing Lady Orchids"
  • (mine were yellow and crimson)
  • 1/4 bag of fresh clear marbles 
  • 1 Kosta Boda Safari Leopard Cat Modern vase or similar size: 11" tall
  • 1 and a half yd. sheer white 7/8 inch wide ribbon 

Steps: 5

 

Rated: Easy Arrangement

This Kosta Boda Safari Leopard Cat Modern vase is sleek and vibrant.  We will be making an orchid arrangement in it with yellow and crimson Oncidium or "Dancing Lady Orchids", a white and fuchsia Phalaenopsis Orchid, Curly Willow, and a wisp of a thin opaque ribbon.

This arrangement is very tall and has strong vertical lines at the bottom of it.  The orchids form two arches on either side, and one branch of Curly Willow mirrors the arch to the right.  Curly Willow is wild.  It cannot be tamed, but it can be managed.  You always need to look at your pieces, then select the ones that work with the dynamics of your arrangement.  You sometimes need to tie Curly Willow to other stems or supports to get the look you want.

Skills you will learn:

  • How to tie orchids to their supports with raffia
  • How to tie Curly Willow to the orchids or supports with raffia
  • How to tie a ribbon to an orchid to finish the arrangement

Are you ready for a Safari?  

Ta da... the Kosta Boda Safari Leopard Cat Modern vase, some clear marbles, and pruning sheers.

Ta da... the Kosta Boda Safari Leopard Cat Modern vase, some clear marbles, and pruning sheers.

Kosta Boda vases came with stickers on the foot of the vase, like this.

Kosta Boda vases came with stickers on the foot of the vase, like this.

Very carefully slide a few marbles across the and into the vase.

Very carefully slide a few marbles across the and into the vase.

Fill the vase with water.

Fill the vase with water.

 This will keep the stems in place.

 This will keep the stems in place.

The water line should be to the top of the pattern before you put the orchids in.

The water line should be to the top of the pattern before you put the orchids in.

"Dancing Lady Orchid" plant.

"Dancing Lady Orchid" plant.

Cut orchid stem on diagonal 1/2 inch from the base.

Cut orchid stem on diagonal 1/2 inch from the base.

Keep wire support attached.  Pull out of dirt and cut same length as orchid stem.

Keep wire support attached.  Pull out of dirt and cut same length as orchid stem.

Put first "Dancing Lady" in vase with arch out to the side.

Put first "Dancing Lady" in vase with arch out to the side.

Put in next "Dancing Lady with arch out to other side.

Put in next "Dancing Lady with arch out to other side.

 Replace plastic clip with raffia tie. 

 Replace plastic clip with raffia tie. 

Tie 2 tight knots to the back and clip short.

Tie 2 tight knots to the back and clip short.

Use dark on dark stems, like so.  Cut close and put knots to the back.

Use dark on dark stems, like so.  Cut close and put knots to the back.

Add white & fuchsia Phalaenopsis in middle, a little lower than "Dancing Ladies".

Add white & fuchsia Phalaenopsis in middle, a little lower than "Dancing Ladies".

See tie on white orchid on right holding it upright?

See tie on white orchid on right holding it upright?

Add 2-3 pieces Curly Willow, taller than orchids and tie onto supports or stems to secure.

Add 2-3 pieces Curly Willow, taller than orchids and tie onto supports or stems to secure.

Some close ups of the Phalaenopsis.

Some close ups of the Phalaenopsis.

Close ups of the "Dancing Lady Orchids".

Close ups of the "Dancing Lady Orchids".

They are waving...

They are waving...

In the blue sky.

In the blue sky.

"I did a good job.  Oh boy, that's pretty!  Can I eat it?"  says Buddy.

"I did a good job.  Oh boy, that's pretty!  Can I eat it?"  says Buddy.

Tie a sheer ribbon on one of the supports or orchid stems.  Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle with sharp fabric scissors.

Tie a sheer ribbon on one of the supports or orchid stems.  Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle with sharp fabric scissors.

"Ahhh, I'm really tired after helping with the flowers!  I'm just gonna lie here in the sun and relax.  I'm not gettin' up," says Dobie the cat.

"Ahhh, I'm really tired after helping with the flowers!  I'm just gonna lie here in the sun and relax.  I'm not gettin' up," says Dobie the cat.

Here is the finished arrangement. Thanks Dobie and Buddy.  You are always my companions in flower arranging.

Here is the finished arrangement. Thanks Dobie and Buddy.  You are always my companions in flower arranging.