12 Days of Christmas Countdown Activities for Kids and Adults

We've got an easy, DIY lineup of Christmas activities that kids and adults will enjoy. While it's fun to pop open a store bought Advent calendar and enjoy a piece of chocolate every day (or one day, if you're like certain people we know), this year more than ever we're on the lookout for fun activities that will keep kids entertained and get us out of the house safely. What better way to stay motivated than by creating a countdown to Christmas? We've made it super simple for you. Let's get going!

When to Start

Many people out there can muster up the energy for an entire month's worth of holiday activities, but that honestly feels really overwhelming to us right now. So we've stuck to the handy number twelve. The traditional Twelve Days of Christmas starts on Christmas Day itself. If you'd rather countdown to Christmas, start on December 13th in order to finish up on the 24th. 

Holiday Activity Ideas

We brainstormed lots of fun holiday activities. Many of them are special...

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4 Easy Ways to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving this year looks very different for many of us. You might be tempted to skip the fun table decor if it's only you and the regular dinner crew, but we think just a touch of autumn here or there can brighten your mood and elevate your holiday to something special. And isn't that what we all need right now? 

So give yourself something to celebrate and use these simple, DIY ideas to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

Add Pumpkins

Did you buy a few too many mini pumpkins this fall because everything just felt so bleak, and surely a few more little gourds on your mantle would help? Just me? Well, no matter how many pumpkins you purchased, now is a great time to use them. Using pumpkins en masse instantly creates an autumn vibe perfect for Thanksgiving, and it requires very little work.

Source: Brighton the Day

Light Candles

As autumn nears its end, night falls earlier with each passing day, and adding a bit of light to your Thanksgiving table is the perfect way to...

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How to Divide Dahlia Tubers and Store Over the Winter

It's getting cold outside! If you haven't dug up your dahlia tubers, now is the time! Our Summer 2020 Box featured guest, Jesalyn Pettigrew of Mossy Gate Farm, talked us through the ins and outs of dahlias, including how to care for them once the growing season is over. Here's a fresh recap about what to do with those dahlia tubers during the winter, as well as how and when to divide them for next year.

Watch the video below, or if you can't listen right now, scroll down to read her tips for caring for those spent dahlias.

 Cutting Back Dahlias

Wait until the first frost to kill your dahlia before cutting it down. You'll look out at your garden and see it turn brown and start falling apart within hours. 

Cut it down short so you have a handle at the base. If you leave it in the ground over winter, you do risk losing the plant. In mild climates you can sometimes get away with this. Jesalyn recommended digging it up and storing it for the winter, especially those...

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Make a Professional-grade Holiday Wreath with the Lora Bloom Kit

Winter is coming—but don’t fret! We’ve got the perfect activity to brighten your day and your door. Our very own Rachel Heath partnered with Lora Bloom to teach you how to use their all-inclusive holiday wreath kit. We are so excited to tell you all about this amazing DIY activity.  We are big fans of Lora Bloom, a direct to consumer marketplace that connects local florists and growers to customers, and this wreath is yet another great product from their store.

The Lora Bloom wreath kit includes everything you need to make professional looking decor for your door. It starts with high quality evergreens, including noble fir and juniper, already wired on a sturdy frame. As a florist, Rachel can attest that this is the kind of quality that she would seek out for her own work. Even on their own, these evergreen boughs look fabulous. 

But that’s not the only reason why you’ll want to purchase this kit. Lora Bloom has included a...

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DIY Embellishments for Holiday Wreaths and Garlands

Have you ever purchased an evergreen holiday wreath, hung it on your door, and then wished it was a bit more exciting? Some boughs of greenery can certainly brighten the mood, but you can elevate your wreath or garland game to even higher heights when you add on your own DIY embellishments.  

Recently our very own Rachel partnered with Lora Bloom to teach how to do just that with their beautiful wreath kit. We’ve got more info coming soon about this fun, all-inclusive kit, but to keep it succinct, we highly recommend it. They’ve put together a plethora of embellishments to add to a very high-quality evergreen wreath. You won’t be disappointed with the results.  

Once you’ve used Lora Bloom’s kit, you’ll want to add embellishments to even more of your holiday décor. To get your creative juices flowing, we’ve rounded up some inspiration for what you can add to wreaths and garlands to give them a high-end...

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Drying Oranges for Home Decor: Wreaths, Garlands, and More

Don’t you just love the look of dried orange slices? Citrus has long been a favorite addition for holiday home decor, and for good reason. Dried orange wheels can be used in wreaths and garlands, for edible garnishes and toppings, and so much more. Even better, you can roast them yourself! You’ll fill your home with the clean smell of citrus, plus have a tray full of those beauties to use. 

Here’s the best part: it’s super easy to make your own dried oranges, lemons, and limes. Thinly slice up some citrus. Top a baking sheet with a wire rack or foil misted with cooking spray, then add the slices in a single layer. Bake at 200°F until dry, typically 2-3 hours. Depending on your oven and humidity, it might take longer or shorter, so keep an eye on them until you figure out what works. 

Now that you know how to roast your own beautiful oranges, here are some ideas for how to use them for your home decor and more. 

Wreaths 

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Should I Use a Floral Knife When Arranging Flowers?

If you spend time snooping online for flower arrangement how-tos, you’ll probably run into floral knives at some point and wonder if you should be using one while arranging. Here’s our short answer: 

Maybe..? But most likely not. 

Super helpful, we know. Like many things in life, this isn’t a simple cut (pardon the pun) and dry issue. Each florist, hobby or professional, will weigh the pros and cons a little differently depending on their situation. So, let’s dig into the long answer and get you the information you need to decide if a floral knife is right for you. 

What is a floral knife? 

Great question! There are different types of floral or florist knives meant for cutting stems. Some are straight blades (often coming in a pack with more than one), some have a curved blade, and some fold in like a pocket knife. All floral knives are extremely sharp and often cheaper than a good pair of florist snips.

Source: Tuscola...

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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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