Holiday Decorations, How-To's, Mother's Day

DIY Mother’s Day Craft: How to Make a Floral Hot Air Balloon for Mom

April 23, 2016

Pink and Orange Hot Air Balloon Place SettingMom does so much for the family throughout the year: No matter how long her to-do list is, you know you can always count on her for anything. Because she means so much, let her sit back and enjoy herself on Mother’s Day, and show her how appreciated she is. Treating your mom to a nice brunch is the best way to make her feel like a queen bee: Since you’ve already taken care of everything, Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. To make her day even more special, pick a fun and truly original theme for your luncheon: hot air balloons!

This beautiful hot air balloon arrangement adds a whimsical take-me-away touch to any Mother’s Day table setting. As soon as she sits down, Mom will feel like she’s floating among the clouds without a care in the world! This Mother’s Day craft is really simple to make, so you can make a big, loving statement with minimal effort. Here’s how to make a floral hot air balloon for Mom on Mother’s Day! Continue Reading…

How-To's

How to Make a DIY Asparagus Vase for Tulips

April 14, 2016

I’m always looking for new unique ways to arrange flowers in a vase and if you remember my Thanksgiving Centerpieces, you know that incorporating fruits and veggies is one fun way to do it! This asparagus vase is super easy to make but looks a lot more impressive, and it gives your guests one of those, “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!” moments. With just a regular beverage glass or glass cylinder vase, a rubber band, ribbon, asparagus and a bouquet of fresh tulips, you can make this DIY asparagus vase in under 5 minutes!

 

Flower Care & Handling

Tulip Care Tips

April 4, 2016

In honor of tulip season and tulips being one of my favorite flowers, I wanted to share some tips and tricks to help you care for your cut tulips! Check out my videos below for how to straighten bent tulips or for an easy way to arrange tulips in a vase using a grid:

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How-To's

How to Make a Flower Crown

April 4, 2016

Floral crowns seem to be blossoming everywhere you turn these days… and with good reason!  They’re delightfully charming, they’re romantic, and they can be worn anywhere from a wedding to a birthday celebration to a music festival. They’re also surprisingly easy to make. There are just a few basic steps to creating your own amazing flower crown!

Two Flower Crowns- Completed

I’m going to show you how to “wire and tape” using a single floral variety (in this case white waxflower) that can be worn on its own.

Flower Crown on Girl

And how easy it is to take it up a notch simply by gluing in your choice of additional flora (and even “fauna”)! You can also do a combination of wiring and gluing. Wire the larger flowers and glue the smaller ones. So let’s get started! Continue Reading…

Holiday Decorations

Prepare A Traditional Irish Breakfast

March 10, 2016

Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya!

March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to start the day than with a plate of hot homemade Irish soda bread scones, a cup of Irish tea, and an Irish Eyes cocktail? Add some unique Irish inspired floral decor and you’re ready for the perfect Irish breakfast!

“Green Tea” Roses & Irish Soda Bread Scones

In this case, the tea is a bouquet of fresh “green tea” roses, to go along perfectly with the Irish breakfast tea of your choice! Match your tea and the tea cup of green roses, with Irish Soda Bread scones (recipe below), and you have the perfect start for your Irish breakfast!
Irish Breakfast Green Roses in Tea Cup
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How-To's

Tulips For Your Table

February 23, 2016

Tabletop Tips

Sometimes your inspiration starts with just a sprinkle of an idea, or some beautiful linens, or heirloom china. Sometimes it’s the season or the special occasion. And for me, more times then not it starts with the flowers… in this case tulips! My tulips are so bright, fresh and colorful you can almost hear them say “look at me”, so I kept everything else neutral and organic.

Burlap Table Runner with Tulip Arrangement Centerpiece

Using a burlap table runner instead of a full tablecloth keeps most of the warm wood of the farm table exposed, adding to the rustic feel. Continue Reading…

How-To's

Revisiting The Waxed Roses

February 17, 2016

I know that some of you were curious as to how long the flowers that we waxed a few week ago would last on my How to Preserve Flowers with Wax blog post, so I thought I would share an update. This shot was taken almost 4 weeks to the day after I dipped each of the fresh fully-bloomed roses in melted soy wax. Isn’t it so amazingly gorgeous – still!

Waxed Roses 4 Weeks Later

I took this next photo 4 MONTHS after I waxed the roses, and they are still beautiful, just with a more rustic feel.

Waxed Roses 4 Months Later

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Flower Care & Handling

How to Arrange Roses Step-by-Step

February 7, 2016

Roses are a timeless symbol of love and beauty, and shared as gifts of affection for as long as anyone can remember. And Valentine’s Day is like the Super Bowl of rose giving! As a matter of fact over 300 million roses will be given as gifts this Valentine’s.

Are you one of the lucky recipients? Not sure how to arrange your bouquet of fresh cut roses? I thought so! That’s why I created this video on arranging roses just for you. I break it down to 3 basic steps to help you create a beautiful bouquet in no time!

Flower Care & Handling

How to Make Your Roses Last Longer

February 3, 2016
shoe-made-out-of-roses

It feels really nice when someone sends you flowers. You feel special, can’t help but smile, and want your flowers—and that feeling—to last as long as possible.

To help you make your flowers last longer, we wanted to share some flower and rose care tips that are sure to prolong the life of your fresh blooms. Here’s my friend and 1-800 Flowers.com co-worker Nancy Egan to tell you a couple of things that you can do to keep your flowers fresh and beautiful for as long as possible!

If your roses did not come arranged for you, you may be interested in my blog post, “How to Arrange Roses in a Vase Like a Pro,” featuring an easy to follow step-by-step video.

If you’re interested in preserving flowers in a unique way, you may also like my recent blog post, “How to Preserve Flowers in Wax.” In this fun DIY blog post, I demonstrate how to easily preserve flowers in wax to enjoy their beauty for a long time.

How-To's

Roses Being Arranged in a Vase

February 1, 2016

Because roses are the number one Valentine’s Day gift, I wanted to share a few tips that I have learned over the years to help you to get the maximum vase life from your fresh cut roses.

My Favorite Rose Secrets

  • Hydration is what’s it’s all about so be sure to get you roses in water as soon as possible.
  • Fill a clean vase ¾ of the way with warm water.
  • Add a packet of flower food according to package directions. Flower food contains a biocide to kill bacteria, an acidifier to help stems drink water, and a sugar to nourish the blooms. If you don’t have any commercially prepared flower food you can make your own recipe at home by adding three teaspoons of lemon-lime soda (non-diet) and one teaspoon of bleach to one quart of water. The soda provides the food source (sugar) and the acidifier and the bleach will help prevent bacteria growth.
  • Another way to prevent bacteria growth in the water is to remove all foliage from you flower stems that would fall below the water line, before placing your flowers in the vase.
  • Right before placing your flowers in the prepared vase give the bottom of each stem a fresh cut – on an angle. Cutting the stem on an angle prevents the stem from sitting flush on the bottom of the vase thus allowing maximum water intake.
  • Check the water level in your vase on a daily basis and add fresh water as needed.
  • After 3-4 days repeat these steps for optimum vase life!

Red roses arranged in a vase.

Learn how to arrange roses with step-by-step instructions in my latest blog post here.