Pumpkin Bouquet

Hey everyone!

I’ve got another fun DIY project that’s perfect for this time of the year. This cute pumpkin arrangement will look super cute on the front step when trick or treaters come, and it’s also a great centerpiece for Holiday gatherings! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this: 

  • Pumpkin from the produce department, hollowed out 
  • Enough wet floral foam to fill the pumpkin
  • One package of cash and carry Fall Floral Mum
  • One stem of baby’s breath
  • Mixed Greens
  • Hyacinth stake to hold pumpkin top on the bouquet
  • Scissors or floral knife

Have fun mixing all your favorite fall colors to make this project your own. The possibilities are endless! Have a great Halloween! 

Ashley,
Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids 

DIY – Fall Mums

Fall is just starting to show in the trees, and we have a whole bunch of gorgeous fall decor in stores already! One of my favorite Fall flowers is mums. They add a splash of color and are really fun to dress up to make them even more festive. 

In this arrangement I used a variety of items, all of which you can pick up at the floral department in any of our stores. If your store doesn’t have a full floral department, you can probably find most of these items at a local craft store too! 

What you’ll need is:

  • Mums (indoor or outdoor and any color) 
  • Tin bucket, or other decorative pot, large enough to fit mum inside
  • Floral foam 
  • Wired ribbon
  • Scissor
  • Flexible wire 
  • Cattails 
  • Lotus pod
  • Midelino sticks 

The trickiest part is making the ribbon into the bow. Just take your time with it! Going slow and steady will make it turn out the best. And you can always start over if needed too! 

I hope you enjoy dressing up your fall mums! 

Ashley
Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids

DIY Watermelon Bouquet

Summer is in full bloom and there are so many great flowers available this time of year. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at designing your own floral centerpiece, this watermelon bouquet is a great place to start! 

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 Watermelon, scooped out
  • Floral Foam, presoaked in water
  • Floral Tape or Skinny Duct Tape
  • Floral Knife or Shears 
  • Floral Greenery – I used Leather Leaf and Salal (Lemon Leaf) in my arrangement! 
  • 1 Dozen Red Roses
  • 5 Pink Carnations
  • 5 Stems Kermit Button Mums
  • 3-5 Stems Baby’s Breath

You can use any colors of the flowers that you prefer, make it your own and have fun with it! Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you’re creating your masterpiece. 

  1. Determine where the front of your centerpiece will be. Although you’ll push the stems into the center of the foam, you’ll want to angle the leaves or flowers slightly towards the front of the design to get the best view. 
  2. When you’re putting the stems in the foam, remember it’s not very forgiving! So once you stick it in, leave it there. Be mindful of where you’re putting it beforehand. 
  3. Strip away the extra leaves on the stems of the flowers. Those tend to die off first and grow bacteria making them mushy. By removing them you’ll allow for more air flow and your design will last much longer! 
  4. If you have extra baby’s breath left over, you can put that in a vase with water and they’ll stay good for a long time so you could use them in a future arrangement as well. 
  5. You can also use any left over items by creating a second, smaller version of your bouquet!  Repeat the same process using a green pepper, just use much smaller pieces of greenery and the smallest mum buds so it’s proportional to the pepper. 

I hope these tips will help you succeed with your DIY floral projects! They’re the perfect addition to summertime parties and will get you LOTS of compliments from your friends and family! 

Ashley 
Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids

Easter Crafts With Fiora

All this Spring weather definitely has us looking forward to the snow being gone for the year! However, it’s still to wet outside to fully enjoy the warmth… So bring Spring inside with some of these fun crafts from Fiora!

These are quick and easy projects that are perfect to do with the kiddos. With Easter coming up soon, they are also the perfect addition to your Easter decor. Plus, your kid’s will love showing Grandma all the fun things they made! Continue reading

Locally Grown Tulips

American Tulip Day is just around the corner and nothing says Spring quite like a bouquet of fresh Tulips! We visited our friends at Len Busch Roses, which is located in Plymouth, Minnesota, to go behind the scenes to learn how they grow their beautiful tulips! Continue reading

Valentine’s Crafts

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Ashley M.

The beginning of the year always goes by SO fast! It’s hard to believe it’s already Valentine’s Day. Luckily that means the end of this cold Winter isn’t too far away either!

Valentine’s Day is always a great time of the year to reflect on the people in your life that mean the most to you, whether that’s a husband, children, siblings, parents or friends. Continue reading

Valentine’s Cupcakes

 

 

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Amanda

Can’t decide between getting your sweetheart flowers or a delicious dessert? Here’s an idea that brings them together, an arrangement of cupcake roses! With a turn table you can make these unique looking rose cupcakes, and bonus, it’s a fun technique to try!

Amanda,
Coborn’s, Inc. Pastry Arts Training Specialist
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Make the BEST for your Valentine

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Jayne

Valentine’s Day is only a couple weeks away and it is coming up quickly. I want to be prepared for it so I’m starting to plan now. It’s time to show the people in our lives how much we love them.

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Top Trends & Ideas for 2016 Wedding Cakes

Top Trends & Ideas for 2016 Wedding Cakes

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Amanda

What’s that I hear? The ringing in the distance. It’s wedding bells! As spring emerges it’s the time of the year when decorators start thinking about weddings. While June is a classic month to say “I do” we will be kept busy all the way through October designing and building wedding cakes. Not surprising we see plenty of Pinterest pages at work, everything from wedding cakes to first birthday cakes. Continue reading

Marshmallow Flowers

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Ashley M.

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the bright colors that come with the season. It’s also a busy time of the year for most people. So here is a quick, fun project to make by yourself or with the kids for all the events that will be popping up on the calendars this season! These are great since they work for Easter, weddings, birthday parties and so much more.

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