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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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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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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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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My Trick for Intimate Table Design during Covid-19

Intimate table design during Covid-19? No, I'm not off my rocker! I promise. You can create a beautiful and safe table design for your socially distanced get together!

This summer, your hosting plans have no doubt been altered from years past thanks to Covid-19. Here in Washington state, we’ve only recently received the green light to have very small gatherings, preferably outside and with lots of distance. Hosting is kind of my thing, so this was great news for me! And I always love a challenge: how to design intimate, safe table décor 

Traditional, close-quarters table designs are not the best choice during a pandemic, for obvious reasons. So how could I create a cohesive atmosphere that could be spread out a little more? The answer, luckily, was very obvious to me, because it involves something I fell in love with long ago, and something that is perfectly suited for a summer patio dinner. 

I first encountered bud vases while...

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