How-To's

Memorial Day Garland DIY

May 21, 2020

Here’s an idea for a festive Memorial Day garland made from things that you already have around your house. For example, who doesn’t have a ton of corrugated boxes from all the deliveries we’ve all been getting these days?  There are so many crafty things that you can do with the cardboard.

DIY Memorial Day garland to say thank you to American heroes

Like this garland for example!

Materials for DIY Memorial Day garland to say thank you to American heroes

In addition to the cardboard, you’ll need paint or markers, string or ribbon, a hole puncher, and scissors or straight edge cutter.

Cardboard cutouts for DIY Memorial Day garland

You can make the garland any size that you choose.  I decided to do 4” triangles.

This garland is going to decorate my backyard this Memorial Day.  Because Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, and the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, I thought a simple message of thanks would be the way to go.

I cut out enough triangles to spell out Thank You and to add additional triangles decorated in patriotic colors to complete the garland.

This is a great project for kids.  Let them use their imagination to decorate the individual triangles.  There is no right or wrong here.

It’s also fun to do together.  And I like that it can be worked on in stages.  Whenever you have the time or feel like chilling out just sit down and paint a few designs!

Once you have all the triangles done and you have punched two holes at the top of each one, you simply lace a string (twine, ribbon, jute, etc.) through each one.

I found it helpful to wrap the end of my string with a piece of scotch tape.  It made it easier to thread through the holes.  I also laid out all the triangles, on the table, in the order that they should go in before starting to connect them to create the finished garland.

DIY Memorial Day garland to say thank you to American heroes

 

I am thrilled with the way it turned out and how easy it was to do!

 

 

And the fact that it creates a second life for all this cardboard makes me very happy.  I’ll be doing these garlands for birthdays, 4th of July, anniversaries, etc.!!

 

 

Take a little time this Memorial Day to reach out to a veteran or a family of a vet with a simple Thank You for your service.

Connections

Tips for Practicing Meditation

May 6, 2020
Lindsey Gaterman

The practice of meditation can fuel positivity, improve focus, and reduce stress, especially in current times. Each week at 1-800-Flowers, our meditation instructor, Lindsey Gaterman, has been hosting virtual classes for employees to help them relax during this uncertain time. So far, the results have been nothing but positive. Below are our meditation tips from Lindsey that we’d like to share with you. Through repetition and practice, these exercises can become a habit you can make a part of your everyday life.

Lindsey Gaterman Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays

6 Ways to Honor Nurses During National Nurses’ Week

April 29, 2020
Carmie, ER nurse

Carmie, ER nurse

Nurses are incredibly valuable, if not, the bloodlife of the medical industry. They are the first person a patient will encounter and the last one to see when they leaveThis year especially, we must recognize and show our appreciation for the healthcare professionals who have cared for us during this current crisis. Kicking off on May 6th, which is National Nurses’ Day, National Nurses Week is the perfect opportunity to honor the very people who’ve dedicated their careers towards our well-being.  Continue Reading…

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Fun Facts 2020

April 28, 2020
Mother's Day Fun Facts Featured Image

Mother's Day Fun Facts Featured Image

Although Mother’s Day only became an official U.S holiday in 1914, the celebrations of motherhood can be traced all the way back to the ancient times. In more recent centuries, we’ve seen Mother’s Day observed more religiously, with traditions centered around the church on what was known as “Mothering Sunday.” Over time, these traditions have shifted more secular to what we are familiar with today. As we continue to celebrate our mothers with flowers, cards and other tokens of appreciation, here are some fun floral facts about Mother’s Day you and your mom can read up on this upcoming holiday.

Continue Reading…

Mother's Day

Craft Ideas Mom Will Love This Mother’s Day

April 28, 2020
Coloring flowers

Make this Mother’s Day extra special by getting Mom in touch with her creative side. Crafting with Mom — whether in person or virtually — is a great way to “spend time together.” Whether you’re able to spend Mother’s Day with her, or if social distancing (or actual distance) is keeping you apart, we’ve come up with helpful ideas to make this Mother’s Day just as special with craft ideas she’ll love. From DIY kits to artistic projects, these crafty gifts will inspire her imagination and have her feeling relaxed and adored.

Coloring flowers

Continue Reading…

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Wine Tasting

April 28, 2020

A Unique Mother’s Day Activity to Wow Mom

Spring is here and Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Have you started to think about how you can show mom just how much you love her and how special she is? Hosting a Mother’s Day wine tasting is a fun way to spend time with mom for you to enjoy the holiday together!

The planning and preparation can be as much fun as the event itself! Getting together with a few of your and moms friends to plan a Mother Daughter Wine Tasting party, makes for a great girls day and for a guaranteed good time. In addition to the mother/daughter ideas, a Mother’s Day wine tasting for the whole family (21 and older of course!), can be equally as fun!

mom-cheese-fruit-wine-hedge
A rustic, natural Napa Valley-inspired wine tasting can make for the perfect setting to incorporate so many of the most popular trends: burlap, chalkboard, mason jars, monograms and Made in America.

Continue Reading…

Connectivity

Moms Matter Even More This Year

April 27, 2020
Jim with Mom for Mom's Matter Most This Year

You may have heard of our long-running program, “Mothers Who Matter Most”. This year, the campaign has evolved into “Moms Matter Even More This Year”. Why? Because this Mother’s Day will be different. Whether working remotely, serving on the front lines against the virus, or taking care of their grandchildren at home, moms are being called upon to do more than ever right now. You may not be able to be with the important mothers in your life and celebrate in person, but that doesn’t change the enormous role mothers play in the lives of our families and communities.

“Mothers Who Matter Most” began some thirty years ago when we received a heartwarming request. A peculiar envelope, printed in block letters, was sent to our Bayside, Queens, NY office with $16 and a note from a young man who wrote that while he’d certainly made mistakes in his life, his mother had always stood by him. With Mother’s Day approaching, he wanted to know if we could do something special for her. We, of course, sent her a beautiful gift and he was forever grateful. The letter moved all of us and inspired us to ask customers to share with us stories of the incredible mothers in their lives.

Jim & Chris with Mom

At one point, we were contacted by a producer from Leeza, an earlier version of today’s Ellen. This woman told us how touched she was by the stories. We ended up collaborating on a campaign where one of five finalists was featured each day the week leading to Mother’s Day, and several celebrity judges, including Jim, picked the winner. Every year, we look forward to reading through your entries and hearing about these wonderful women and the lives they touch. Continue Reading…

Floral Occasions & Holidays, Mother's Day

Mother’s Day Quotes For Your Mother’s Day Card

April 26, 2020

Tulip With Mother's Day CardThere may still be a few weeks left before Mother’s Day arrives, but it’s never too early to start planning what you’ll say in your Mother’s Day card! In addition to letting mom know how much we love and appreciate her, one of our favorite things to do is bring out the Hallmark in us and insert a quote or two! Check out a few of our favorites below:

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.” – Oscar Wilde

“A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.” – Princess Diana

“Mom, when thoughts of you are in our hearts, we are never far from home.” – Anonymous

“A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.” – Amy Tan

"A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place" - Amy Tan

“Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story, because hers is where yours begins.”
– Mitch Albom

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” - Sarah Josepha Hale

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” – Sarah Josepha Hale

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” - Sarah Josepha Hale

Continue Reading…