1) To start, use a can opener to cut out the bottom of three empty paint cans; insert an inexpensive plastic tap light into each. Set the lids aside.
2) Take two cymbidiums (tropical orchids) and tie them to a ten-inch replacement copper refill tube, using a small piece of a copper scouring pad as a tie for each.
3) Place four florets of orange Mokara orchids in the middle of copper scouring pad.
4) Attach purple Rothschild orchids to a coil; this coil was made by stripping electrical wire of its plastic and wrapping the copper element around a broom handle to make the coil shape. Submerge each arrangement in water-filled glass vases. Place them on top of the paint cans. They will be illuminated from below by the plastic tap light in each can.
5) For a final touch, sit votive candles atop copper base end caps from the hardware store (and place those on top of the paint can lids).
(Top image via Chicago magazine)