8 Spooky Halloween Nature Crafts

There is much more to do with plants for Halloween than just pumpkin carving. This round-up of nature crafts proves that! Whether you're a grown-up or a kid, you'll have fun making these fun crafts to decorate your home in time for the spookiest day of the year.

Flora Fun Box is about more than just floral arranging (although we LOVE that!). We like to bring you a taste of the season, and these Halloween crafts encompass so many of the things we enjoy: plants, nature, creativity, and celebration. 

So pull out the pipe cleaners and flower pots, and get crafting!

Pine Cone Spiders

What kind of Halloween would it be without a spider craft? Take a walk to enjoy the fall leaves and forage for pine cones at the same time. A group of varying sizes of pine cone spiders would be spooky adorable!

Source and tutorial: Fireflies + Mud Pies

Sugar Skull Painted Flower Pots

For some Dia de los Muertos fun, look at these awesome sugar skull flower pots! Add some succulents, and you'll have a...

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14 Fun, Creative, and Inexpensive Ideas for Flower Vases

The perfect vase can make all the difference in how your arrangement turns out, and that’s why getting creative with your vase choice can make a big impact. Plus, it's always nice when you can use something you already have for free or buy something that's relatively inexpensive.

Our Flora Fun Box includes a new vessel each season, carefully chosen as a piece that you can use over and over again. But while you wait for next season’s vessel, we have a lineup of ideas for fun, creative vases that you probably have around the house.  

When designing in something that isn’t your typical flower vase, you can use the same techniques you’ve learned from Flora Fun Box. We place a big emphasis on learning how to create different armatures, or support structures, to help hold the flowers up. A very common one is to crisscross floral tape on the opening of the vase or vessel. In our Summer 2020 Box, we used floral mesh (like chicken wire) to hold things...

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Using Colorful Autumn Leaves in Your Floral Arrangements

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, and being able to arrange with colorful fall leaves and branches is one of the reasons why. If you’ve followed my floral arranging business, you’ll know that I’ve used autumn leaves in some spectacularly beautiful fall weddings. Seriously. It’s just so much fun to play off of the gorgeous scenery and create a textural, stunning piece of fall for a bride to hold. 

I know everyone is loving the changing fall foliage right now, and if you’re like me, you want to bring a bit of the colorful fun inside. What feels more like fall than a vase full of autumn leaves?  

In our Flora Fun Autumn 2020 Box, I demonstrated how to make a beautiful autumn floral arrangement in a shallow vase (which you can see in the pic up above). One of the techniques I covered in the tutorial was how to care for and place branches that are thicker than your typical flower.  

To help those branches and leaves...

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4 Simple Ways to Decorate for Fall for Free

With the arrival of the crisp fall air, I get an itch to decorate my home to match the changing season. I’m not one to spend a lot on or store big buckets of autumn décor, though. If you’re like me, you don’t have to miss out on the fall fun! Here are some simple, free ways that you can decorate your house to celebrate the arrival of autumn. 

Cut Branches of Fall Leaves

 Think of autumn, and your mind will almost immediately jump to beautifully colored leaves. The reds, oranges, and yellows already inspire so much of fall décor, so why not go straight to the source? Snip some branches and stick them in a vase. Easy-peasy. 

Of course, if you’d like to prolong the life of those pretty leaves, there are some steps you can take to keep the branches alive as long as possible. I wrote about caring for blossoming branches last spring, and the same principles apply. Here’s the short version: cut the stem correctly, put the...

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How to Get Your Garden Winter Ready

The growing season is ending, and that means you need to get your garden winter ready.

Fall means cooler temperatures and slowed growth. Cutting the last of my garden’s flowers and picking the final few raspberries is always bittersweet for me. I love the joy and love that the upcoming slate of holidays bring, but saying goodbye to the bounty of summer is difficult. What helps me is focusing on the plan ahead. This is a great time to get your garden in top shape for next year.

Here are the things I do at the end of the growing season:

Dry Flowers and Herbs

This is a fantastic time to preserve and dry culinary herbs. Some of you have probably done this before! Did you know you can save some of your blooms, as well? As a florist, I strive to use locally grown flowers, and winter obviously puts a damper on this. One way I get around this is by using dried flowers. Now is the time to snip those fading hydrangeas and sprigs of floral oregano. Remember: you can get a floral drying...

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Favorite Fall Treats (Including My Super-Secret Cookie Recipe!)

Today I had to share some of my favorite fall treats, especially a very special cookie recipe.  

School is back in session for most people now, whatever that might look like. (I’m trying not to cry too much! I’m sure you can relate.) Even if we haven’t reached the official start of autumn, going back to school always puts my mind into fall mode. More than any other season change, moving into autumn makes me think about food and really puts me in the baking mood. That’s why I included the amazing apple pie recipe from Rue Cler and the cute little tart ring in the Autumn Flora Fun Box! Nothing says favorite fall treats like apples. 

But don’t worry if you didn’t get an Autumn Box! There’s still time to order one for you or a loved one. Hurry, though! They’re going away after October 31. You won’t want to miss out on all the fun. Click here to buy the Autumn Box. 

Now back to business! If you follow @florafunbox...

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5 Amazing Autumn Flowers for Arranging

It's nearly fall, and that means it's time to talk about some amazing autumn flowers that you can arrange with right now.

I love welcoming a new season, and fall is no exception. Here in the Pacific Northwest the days are getting shorter, a lovely mist sits low on the streets in the mornings, and gardens are giving up the last of their summer produce. I'm dusting off my pumpkin recipes and airing out my sweaters. This time of year is just so fresh and cool, and plays with all of your senses!

Being a florist, you may think spring would be my favorite season, but you’d be wrong. Don't get me wrong: I love anemones and quince, and you can check out more of my favorite spring blooms here. But I will always choose autumn flowers over spring ones. There are just so many awesome autumnal flowers for floral arranging! Quite a few in fact! So if you’re looking to put something together that plays with the seasonality of autumn, here are my...

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Trending! Dried Flower Creations

Do you cringe a little when you think of dried flowers? Can't imagine how dried florals could possibly look modern and trendy? I had similar thoughts for a long time. Let's backup, way up.

When I was little, before even kindergarten, my mom would take me with her about once a month to visit with some of the older widows in our neighborhood. In retrospect, I'm very glad that my mother was able to foster these relationships, and I'm glad that I got to know these women I might not have interacted with much otherwise. But as a kid, sometimes it was tough. Many of you probably have similar experiences from a grandma's house or great-aunt Dottie's: adults talking while you tried to entertain yourself without bumping into tables full of breakables or snagging a doily. 

And, of course, dried flowers.

They seemed to be everywhere, in vases in the living room or little wreaths above the toilet. I only saw dried florals in these older women's homes, and my little...

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Our Autumn Box Is Nearly Here!

 

Are you ready for a sneak peek of our Flora Fun Autumn Box? As usual, we've got lots of seasonal, curated fun in store for your subscription.

It’s the dog days of summer right now, but soon those temps will fall, the leaves will start to yellow, and we’ll be pulling sweaters out of storage. Autumn is nearly here, and there’s no better way to celebrate the changing seasons than by reveling in the harvest. In our Flora Fun Autumn Box, we’ll do just that, with arranging videos featuring my favorite late blooms, dahlias, the tools you need to dry flowers, and amazing apple fun in pastry form.  

Here’s your sneak peek at all the goodies you’ll get with your Autumn Box subscription! 

  • Sandbar Square Vase. You’ve probably arranged in a round deep vase before, but not many have tackled a square or a shallow vessel. We’ll teach you to do both with your very own chic ceramic vase that will look amazing in your home with or...
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Baking vs. Floristry: 3 Similarities That Keep Me Coming Back to Both

Baking and floristry? On the surface they may not sound similar, but over the years I've found some big similarities that have kept me coming back to both.

My family loves The Great British Baking Show. It encompasses so many incredible things: cooking, creativity, helping one another, and just straight up fun. Like many of you, when I see those delicious creations, I get the baking bug and my hosting instincts go into overdrive. Making something beautiful and tasty is very fulfilling, especially when you get to share it with those you love. During this Covid shutdown, it’s not surprising that so many people have turned to baking as an outlet. 

Finding overlap between creative endeavors is fairly easy, but I’ve been amazed by how many similarities baking and floral arranging hold. These two facets of my life share many characteristics, and I find that comparing the two helps make obvious the keys to success needed for both. ...

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