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Video: How To: Use Shrink Centerfold Roll

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

As the name implies, shrink wrap centerfold rolls are folded down the center, offering twice the coverage as single ply rolls – ideal for larger arrangements. In this video demonstration by Susan Huelsman AIFD, learn how to use the shrink wrap centerfold roll from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to securely wrap a large gift basket. 

As Susan points out, it is always important to select a wrap that will fit the basket you plan to prepare, including any contents that may protrude from the top. Susan has already measured the basket at 16 inches, so she has decided to cut the wrap at three times that length to accommodate the basket and edges. 

Cutting the shrink wrap is a little easier with the technique that Susan demonstrates. Make sure the wrap is nice and flat, and measure to the point that you want to cut. Make an initial snip and then glide your scissors straight through both layers to get a nice even edge. 

Once you have cut the appropriate length of wrap, open to unfold along the center. Susan shares a great tip to get rid of any static – simply wrap your hand in a dryer sheet and move it across the surface. 

Next, Susan places the basket in the middle of the open flat wrap. She suggests checking the fit one more time before proceeding. 

There are a few different ways to enclose the basket and contents. Once common method is to gather the excess wrap at the top to create a decorative plume.

For a cleaner look, take the wrap completely around the basket arrangement. Go from front to back, and then bring the other side to the midline. Add a piece of tape to temporarily join the pieces. Now you have a few options for the rest of the wrap – gather the excess on the sides like a large piece of candy or tuck it underneath the basket and secure with tape.

Once you have your wrap arranged the way you like it, use a heat gun to activate. Susan starts at the bottom of the basket, working her way upward with an even sweeping motion. Tuck and tape any excess wrap that remains afterward. 

The next step is to create a fun presentation with ribbon. Susan wraps the ribbon around the bottom and ties it off. She then removes the tape from the top of the arrangement now that it is no longer needed. She gives the basket one final pass with the heat gun before completing the bow. You can add other decorative accents like silk flowers if desired.

You can find all the supplies used in this video – along with a wide variety of accessories – available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer is your best source for gift basket supplies. 

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Garland

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 22, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus garland from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a great piece to use down the center of tables to breathe life into the décor of weddings, receptions, parties, and other events. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to make the most of this gorgeous silk garland. Vonda notes that, like any permanent botanical product, even the most beautiful pieces can be enhanced by leveraging existing strengths with a few smart display techniques.

Vonda begins by manipulating the garland – twisting and lifting the silk foliage for a more realistic and lifelike appearance. 

To make this silk eucalyptus garland look even more impressive, Vonda takes a second silk garland selection and lays it atop the first. She chooses to orient this second piece in the opposite direction to make the composition look even more full and lush.

Watch as Vonda takes time to interweave the two garlands together, overlapping sections of silk foliage to obtain an enhanced sense of volume. She works her way down the entire centerpiece to ensure uniformity before returning to give the middle section just a touch more height for a balanced and striking composition.

As you can see, a few extra seconds of care and attention is all it takes to make these silk eucalyptus garlands spring to life. 

You can find this silk Sydney eucalyptus garland – along with a wide range of other silk flowers and permanent botanical selections – readily available within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Let Pioneer help you find fresh and exciting ways to take your permanent botanical projects to the next level.

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Video: How To: Floral Hoop with Eucalyptus

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 15, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Floral hoops are one of the most exciting trends transforming the landscape of wedding décor. They make fantastic centerpieces, brilliant hanging decorations, and serve as an on-trend alternative to traditional bouquets for brides and bridal attendants. 

Learn how to create a gorgeous yet super easy hoop-shaped bouquet with this quick video demonstration lead by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. This design uses permanent botanicals readily available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – a versatile faux silver dollar eucalyptus bush and realistic silk rose in a soft cream tone – but you could adapt this design to use any faux flowers or foliage from Pioneer. 

This design starts with an ordinary embroidery hoop that you can purchase at any craft store. These are especially useful because they are available in such a wide variety of sizes, suitable for any purpose. 

Vonda begins by layering sprigs of faux eucalyptus around the hoop, starting at the hoop screw and radiating outward. Matching green floral wire secures the faux eucalyptus on both sides. Vonda takes a moment to fluff up the eucalyptus for a fuller and more realistic appearance before moving on.

Silk roses are the next addition. She starts with the largest silk flowers near the center and continues with progressively smaller ones along one side, with each stem trimmed accordingly. More floral wire secures these silk roses in place. 

To finish the piece, Vonda wraps a bit of cream white ribbon around the hoop screw, coordinating with the silk roses and giving the entire composition a clean and professional appearance. If used as a bouquet rather than a decoration, the ribbon also gives the bride or bridal attendant something comfortable to use as a handle. 

The result is a sleek and stylish permanent botanical bouquet with a contemporary twist. The power of this design is its simplicity – easy to create with just a few ingredients, and easy to customize to suit any style of event or occasion. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find all the permanent botanicals used in this video demonstration along with useful accessories like wholesale ribbon and decorative accents. Pioneer has everything you need to create distinctive pieces just like this one. 

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus & Hoop Design

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 08, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Floral hoop designs are a modern and stylish mainstay used in many parts of a wedding. These distinctive accents are so quick and easy to create – and the customization options are truly endless.

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to create a simple hoop-shaped centerpiece using gorgeous permanent botanicals. This design starts with an exceptionally versatile base of silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda begins with a simple plastic hula hoop, the kind that you can find in any department store toy aisle. She has taken the time to wrap the hoop in white satin ribbon before the video. You would normally cover the entire hoop with ribbon, but Vonda has left the bottom exposed to show that any kind of hoop can be used.

The handsome “Woodland” rectangular planter from Pioneer will serve as the centerpiece base. Vonda wedges small blocks of floral foam between the hoop and the planter to ensure a snug and secure fit. 

After the hoop is secured into the planter base, Vonda begins attaching the silk eucalyptus around the body using one full garland to start. You may need to trim the garland or use more than one piece of garland depending on the size of your hoop. 

Vonda has trimmed another silk eucalyptus garland into smaller pieces to complete the base. She gently slides each one into the floral foam, radiating outward from the center. If you do not have enough garland to conceal the foam, consider adding some other type of cover like moss.

There are so many ways to customize this centerpiece. Here, Vonda completes the design by hanging four natural touch silk calla lily stems from the top of the hoop. This draws a lovely rich eggplant color into the arrangement along with a bright pop of green. Experiment with other silk flower or foliage options for a bounty of inspiration.

You can find the silk calla lilies, silk Sydney eucalyptus garland, and “Woodland” rectangular wooden planter all available through the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – along with a diverse range of other permanent botanical and silk foliage options to suit the theme of any event. 
 
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Video: How to: Fun Silk Floral Design from the Verve Collection

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Bold colors instantly elevate the energy of any event. Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD demonstrates how to use the vivid Verve Collection color palette from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale to create a gorgeous permanent botanical centerpiece that immediately catches the eye. 

First Vonda introduces the Luxe glass vase, a wonderful mercury glass container in bright turquoise. This piece has already been fitted with a block of floral foam for the video. 

This composition is made up of silk flowers in three colors from the Verve Collection. Vonda begins with silk wild peony in dramatic calypso pink. Next, she adds the realistic-looking silk hydrangea in a deep rich teal. Goldenrod silk cosmos complete this exciting take on the primary color trio. 

You might notice that Vonda used a bold color blocking technique, keeping each of the color selections grouped together. 

To break up the roundness, Vonda adds an artificial succulent based on the air plant tillandsia. This helps lighten the profile shape and creates a little extra visual interest. The tendrils peek out nicely from between the large silk blossoms – take time to adjust as needed.

Explore the rest of the bright and colorful Verve Collection in the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Here, you’ll find the vase and wholesale silk flowers used in this video along with so many others – and all the accessories you need to create stunning permanent botanical arrangements for every occasion. 

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Video: How To: Create an Easy to Ship Gift Basket

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

One of the most memorable things about any gift basket is the presentation – a lovingly arranged gift basket shows a level of care, creativity, and enthusiasm that goes so far beyond the contents alone. 

Shipping a gift basket through a traditional postal service can make the presentation factor a little tricky at times. Items can shift or even fall out of the basket, and sometimes the packing materials themselves may interfere with the aesthetic of the composition and reduce that all-important “wow” factor. 

In this quick video demonstration, Susan Huelsman AIFD shows how to create a gift basket that can stand up to the shipping process. By using shrink wrap available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, you can ensure that your arrangement comes out of the box looking just as lovely as it did when you packed it.

Susan begins by introducing the basket used in this tutorial – also readily available from Pioneer. This style of basket comes in three different colors to suit a variety of themes. This size was designed for shipping in a standard medium-size mailing box while requiring only the most minimal of packing materials.

This tutorial uses a 16”x16” shrink wrap cap. Susan places the completed gift basket in the cap sideways and folds down the ends. She adds a small strip of tape underneath to hold the wrap in place before repeating the process for each side. 

Using a heat gun, Susan applies even heat around the basket to activate the shrink wrap. She pays special attention to the top of the arrangement, ensuring the wrap hugs the included items to prevent any shifting during shipping.

The basket is neat and secure within minutes! The process could not be any easier.

For a decorative presentation, Susan adds a small bow to the top of the wrapped basket. She ties a length of matching ribbon around the bottom of the basket and uses it to secure the bow in place before trimming the tail. Simply fluff the bow to complete the look. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale websiteto find the wholesale baskets, wholesale ribbon, and shrink wrap supplies used in this video tutorial – along with a wide range of other accessories that can help you take your gift basket presentation to the next level/

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Bouquet

Orders Pioneer - Monday, October 01, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

The versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale perfectly captures that rich organic look that so many brides ask about.  

In this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI, learn how to build an elegant custom bouquet that takes only minutes to create. This design is perfect for displays, decorations, for larger groups of wedding attendants, and other situations where you might need a gorgeous high-quality design that takes almost no time to put together. 

For this project, Vonda uses three of the premade real touch silk rose bouquets – available wholesale from Pioneer – along with the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush in lovely dusty green. 

Vonda removes the ties from the silk bouquets before joining them together as one voluminous grouping. She takes trimmed sections of the silk eucalyptus and creates a collar around the bouquet itself. You can see how the addition of the silk eucalyptus immediately enhances the profile and color palette of the arrangement for an unforgettable composition.

Experiment with different combinations of the silk Sydney eucalyptus bush with other silk flower designs to see exactly how versatile this selection really is. Silk eucalyptus is a fantastic starting point for bouquets that are quick, easy, and exceptionally beautiful.

You can find the supplies used in this video within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website, along with a wide variety of other silk flowers, silk foliage, and accessories like wholesale ribbon and dazzling accents. Let Pioneer help you make standout arrangements for any type of event.

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