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Video: Update the Pearls Corsage

Orders Pioneer - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Pearls are truly timeless. You might notice that pearls and other vintage-inspired looks have never gone out of style when it comes to weddings, prom, and other formal events – in fact, they’re even increasing in popularity for those who prefer classically elegant accessories. 

Learn how to create your own custom pearl corsages with this design demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. This demonstration is quick, easy, and uses materials readily available from the Pioneer website. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI walks through the process of creating this elegant pearl corsage using a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet as a versatile base. She also introduces the other elements used throughout the demonstration – a silk orchid spray in tea berry, two pearl picks from Fitz Design, and a wired iridescent ribbon. 

A few helpful glue tips begin the tutorial. Vonda prepares the corsage bracelet by covering the plastic platform in adhesive. Next, she ties a piece of ribbon around the platform with a sturdy knot – the glue helps to keep the ribbon from slipping off, but you could also add the glue afterward if you prefer. 

Vonda uses the rest of the ribbon cutting to make a small bow and ties it right to the center of the corsage. This will serve as a dramatic center for the composition. 

Next, Vonda trims the blossoms and leaves from the pearl spray. She stages the glue on a piece of spare cardboard, using it to apply adhesive to each of the trimmed blossoms and leaves individually. 

She also adds more glue to the plastic platform. As a reminder, Vonda notes that glue-to-glue application creates a much stronger bond - it’s important to ensure the mechanics are durable on wearable projects like these, because you certainly wouldn’t want any leaves or accessories falling off during an important event. 

Tucking the leaves beneath the ribbon adds extra support and increases the visual depth of the piece. Because the silk orchid is a larger item, Vonda adds it toward the center of the ribbon to serve as a stunning focal point. 

You might have noticed that Vonda left a bit of the stem on one of the pearl spray cuttings. As she adds this part to the composition, she twists the stem to provide a touch of movement and elegance. A smaller pearl blossom takes a position near the center of the ribbon. 

Vonda finishes the piece by adding the smaller silk orchid blossom on the other side of the ribbon, striking a sense of visual balance between colorful elements. The result is more than wearable – your customers might even choose to keep this corsage as a meaningful keepsake to bring back pleasant memories for years to come. 

Pioneer offers a wide variety of permanent botanicals, beautiful ribbon, and wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets - everything you need to create custom projects just like this one. Get prepared for prom and bridal show season with excellent selections from Pioneer. 

Shop products from the video:
#HSO415 – Corsage Size Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray – Tea Berry (Sold Out)
#PD1612 – “Forget Me Not” Pearl Pick (Sold Out)
#SV1512 – Savannah Bracelet in White
#W3503-3-52 – Wired “Flash” ribbon in Iridescent 

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Video: Large Orchid Design with Our Incredible Value Orchid

Orders Pioneer - Friday, September 07, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

In this design demonstration, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD creates a brilliant centerpiece using silk orchid and wired moss branch from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 

Vonda begins by introducing the minimalistic container that will contain this arrangement, the Journey Ceramic Pot from Pioneer – its organic shape and calming finish echo the permanent botanical elements that will make up this design. This container has been pre-prepared with a foam insert for this tutorial. 

This composition will use only one half of the wired moss branch garland. Use the other half to make a complementary arrangement or explore its versatility with other design ideas from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Once you have inserted the wired moss branch into the middle of the container, Vonda suggests using a photo of real orchids to guide the placement of your beautiful silk orchid sprays, or carefully follow the result shown in the video. Mimicking the shape and balance of natural orchids is crucial when it comes to creating a sense of realism. 

Vonda places all permanent botanicals at the center of the container, allowing the shape of the silk orchids to flow outward. Use sheet moss to finish the base of the container and cover any exposed foam. Vonda points out that woodchips would serve as another true-to-life option. 

Are you interested in capturing this look for your next big project or event? You can easily acquire the elements used in this arrangement from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Browse the Pioneer catalog to find a wide selection of wholesale silk flowers in colors to suit any occasion, along with other wholesale silk plants and permanent botanicals to make your compositions shine. 

Shop products from the video:
#PWO1107WH – Phalaenopsis Orchid Stem
#99412-01 – Journey Ceramic Pot – White (Sold Out)
#13246 – Moss Vine Garland (Sold Out)

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Top 10 Best Sellers in June

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

1. EUCALYPTUS GARLAND 6' - #PWG1098GR

This beautiful eucalyptus garland is perfect for weddings and events!


2. HANGING WISTERIA BRANCH 67" - #PWW2330WH

This spray is absolutely stunning and works perfectly for wedding arches and decor.  


3. EUCALYPTUS BUSH 22" - #PWE1096GR

This beautiful eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement.  It is an excellent choice for including greenery in weddings and home decor.


4. BOXWOOD BUSH X6, 12" - #PWB2030GCR

Boxwood is perpetually a customer favorite. Therefore, it's not surprising this beautiful boxwood in green/cream was a top seller last month. This item is also available in natural green.


5. HANGING BOXWOOD X5, 32" - #PWB2033GR

Greenery continues to be a hugely popular wedding trend.  This boxwood is perfect for adding hanging elements to your event.


6. SILVER DOLLAR EUCALYPTUS BUSH x6, 23" - #PWE1090GWH

This beautiful silver dollar eucalyptus bush complements any bouquet or floral arrangement, and it is still a very popular choice for brides.


7. SUNFLOWER BUSH x7, 20" - #PWS2400YL

Who doesn't love sunflowers? This beautiful sunflower bush, available in three colors, has seven stems and is perfect for creating a summer or fall centerpiece.



8. RECTANGULAR WILLOW BASKET SET OF 3 - #2003UP

Set of 3 rectangular willow baskets often used for gift baskets.


9. PHALAENOPSIS ORCHID STEM 33" - #PWO1107WH

This elegant orchid is often used for weddings and is available in three colors (white, burgundy and purple), but white was the best-selling color in June.


10. EUCALYPTUS WREATH 24" - #PWW1097GR

This eucalyptus wreath adds a rich, vibrant green to any wall or door.


Video: Corsage Design with the Incredible Value Silk Orchid

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, May 03, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Sophisticated and glamorous, this corsage combines smooth silk flowers with glimmering metallic details for an excitingly on-trend look. Learn how to create this gorgeous design by following along with Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD in this step-by-step video demonstration from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. 


Let’s start with a quick introduction to the supplies, all available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. The base is a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet called Sophisticated Lady, while the centerpiece Phalaenopsis orchid is one of the many super-realistic wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer. Decorative details include shiny Gleaming Leaves and beautiful sheer ribbon. 

Vonda begins construction by securing the plastic platform to the corsage bracelet using a chenille stem in silver. As she explains, this type of chenille blends in with the other metallic elements and remains easily hidden after the corsage is complete. 

Next, Vonda snips the largest silk orchid blossom from the spray and removes each petal to use individually. She adds adhesive to the plastic platform and attaches the silk petals one by one, creating a nice base for further design.

The shiny Gleaming Leaves will bring sparkling metallic accents up throughout the composition. Vonda curls the stems with needle nose pliers to create a larger gluing surface for greater durability. She then adds even more adhesive over the bed of silk petals, allowing it to set up and get tacky before adding the Gleaming Leaves. 

A small bow will create more volume without increasing weight. Vonda uses a short length of ribbon to create the bow, and glues it directly to the center of the arrangement. She then ties another length of ribbon around the entire corsage bracelet and bow for extra security. Trim the ribbon ends as needed.

To finish the design, Vonda snips the remaining silk orchid blossoms from the spray and attaches each one to the center of the corsage, neatly nestled into the bow. 

At the end of the video, Vonda displays another version of this corsage using a similar silk orchid in a dark purple color, demonstrating just how versatile these elements from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale really are.

Pioneer offers a diverse range of wholesale silk flowers, wholesale ribbon, wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets, and so much more – everything you need to prepare for your upcoming trade shows, displays, and seasonal product updates. 

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Video: How To: Exclusive Orchid Corsage

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Are you looking for a stylish corsage design in contemporary, elegant colors? Follow this video tutorial as Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to create a gorgeous orchid corsage using wholesale silk flowers and accessories from the Pioneer website.


Vonda opens the video with an introduction to the materials used in this demonstration. This design is built around a corsage bracelet that features brilliant iridescent rhinestones, although a wide variety of wholesale Fitz Design options from Pioneer would work wonderfully for this project.

Accents include iridescent quintets, iridescent Sweet Leaves, silk coleus bush leaves, and wired Starleene ribbon in light pink. The center of this design is quite impressive – the silk Phalaenopsis orchid captures the imagination with its realistic appearance and vivid purple color. 

Vonda begins construction by preparing the corsage bracelet, using simple pliers to remove the metal bracket from the back of the plastic platform. She then reties the platform in place and trims any extra ribbon. 

The silk coleus leaves are the first addition. Vonda removes the plastic from the back of each leaf and uses scissors to shape each one for a better fit. These silk leaves are then glued to the bottom of the plastic platform, encircling the edges.

To prepare the metallic accents, Vonda curls the stems of the quintets and sweet leaves to create a larger gluing surface. She adds adhesive to each, then sets them aside so the glue has a chance to set up.

Next, Vonda ties two strings of ribbon to the platform. These are just an enhancement to provide a touch of soft pink color, so creating a larger bow isn’t necessary. Vonda then adds glue to the plastic platform and ribbon alike, allowing stronger glue-to-glue contact for the next steps. 

Now the stage is set to add the previously-prepared sweet leaves and quintets. Bend and arrange these pieces as necessary to create a pleasing visual balance throughout the corsage.

The last step is to add a single large silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossom right to the middle, ensuring the entire plastic platform is covered. 

What a lovely result! This corsage offers a versatile modern design with a range of color that brings out the full beauty of its distinctive iridescent accents. Your clients may find this arrangement appealing for any season, and the bold style is sure to draw attention at tradeshow booths and other displays.  

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find wholesale silk flowers, distinctive accents, a variety of ribbon styles, and other handsome accessories you can use to create eye-catching corsage designs for any occasion. 

Shop products from the video:

#PWO1111DKPU – Phalaenopsis Orchid Spray, Dark Purple
#KK4507 – "Quintets" Accent Spray, Iridescent
#SL1607 – Sweet Leaves
#PBC522PKGR – Coleus Bush, Pink/Green
#22-4825-3-117 – Wired “Starleene” Ribbon, Light Pink


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Video: How To: Design Corsages with Better & Best Bracelets

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 09, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


In this video demonstration, learn how to create a bright and glimmering corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


This demonstration features two wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets – the first is the Princess bracelet, featuring three rows of rhinestone look acrylic pieces, and the second is the Rock Candy bracelet that features four rows of rhinestones. 

Vonda introduces the other elements used in this design. Permanent botanical elements include both blossoms and individual petals of silk Phalaenopsis orchid. Coordinated ribbon picks include a wired pink and orange ribbon along with a softer sheer ribbon in a light coral color. A touch of glitz comes from two different pearl sprays. 

Before beginning, Vonda has already secured the plastic platform to the Princess corsage bracelet. The first step is to lightly secure it again with a length of the “Blended” style ribbon. 

Next, Vonda creates a bow with a combination of the Blended and Sheer styles of ribbon, tying it to the plastic platform with the remainder of the first ribbon. Before double-knotting, she adds the floral rhinestone pearl spray. 

Vonda has also taken time to apply adhesive to each of the accessories that will go into the corsage so that the glue has a little extra time to set up. She adds more adhesive to the plastic platform for durable glue-to-glue contact as she begins to add the individual orchid petals to create a lovely frame around the ribbon bow.

Opposite of the floral rhinestone pearl spray, Vonda adds two bubble pearl sprays for balance and charm. She nestles the full silk orchid blossom in the center of the bow to complete the design, then trims any extra length from the ribbons to tidy up the composition for display. 

The finished design is bright and colorful, with just a touch of glamour. This is a great piece for any season – ideal for brightly themed weddings or proms. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website for all the products used in this video, and everything you need to create corsage designs just like this one. Pioneer offers a wide variety of wholesale ribbon, silk flowers, wholesale Fitz Design bracelets, and so much more. Pioneer can meet your design needs for every season.

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Video: How To: Simple Corsage with Sophisticated Lady Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Friday, April 06, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


This quick video tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a simple corsage that integrates trendy metal tones and permanent botanicals, as demonstrated by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


Vonda begins by highlighting the base of this corsage, a wholesale Fitz Design selection called the Sophisticated Lady Bracelet. This corsage will use the bronze color, but Vonda also displays two additional color options including rose gold and copper. The bracelet is currently available in 12 colors.

She also offers a quick introduction to the other accents incorporated in this piece – wired “Flash” ribbon in copper, two Spooky Leaves in glamorous gold, silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossoms in white, and a small permanent botanical succulent along with two of its leaves. 

Vonda starts the construction process by securing the remaining plastic platform with a piece of ribbon. She ties a second piece of ribbon from corner to corner, then uses it to attach a voluminous bow she created from a third section of ribbon. 

Next, Vonda prepares the plastic platform with glue. This sets the stage for glue-to-glue contact to create a much stronger bond. Durability is one of the most crucial concerns for wearable accessories like this one – strong bonds and clean mechanics ensure this piece will last throughout a long event, ideally lasting long enough to become a keepsake or memento afterward. 

By curling and flattening the long stem of the Spooky Leaf, Vonda creates a little extra gluing surface for a better hold. She glues and attaches the gold leaves on either side of the platform, before doing the same with the small wholesale artificial succulent and its companion leaves. 

Vonda then arranges the silk Phalaenopsis orchid blossoms – she places four around the edges and finishes with one slightly offset in the center.

The resulting corsage demonstrates fantastic balance. The artificial succulents pop with color, the gold leaves and sparkling ribbon add a touch of glimmer and glamour, and the silk orchid blossoms make a sophisticated yet classic statement. 

You can find all the supplies used this demonstration within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers, artificial succulents, beautiful ribbon, and wholesale Fitz Design bracelets – everything you need to create beautiful wrist corsages for any style and occasion. 

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Tour Our Spring/Summer 2018 Showroom!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 05, 2018

Spring is in full swing at Pioneer Imports & Wholesale! Come see our Spring & Summer 2018 Showroom for yourself or take a virtual tour below. Our showroom is located at 500 W. Bagley Rd., Berea, Ohio 44017 and our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We'd love to see you!



Please note: Vendor’s license in a related trade is required.

Video: How To: Gorgeous Rose Gold Corsage with the Melody Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, April 02, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Learn how to create a beautiful corsage bracelet with this quick and easy video tutorial demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. 


The glamorous Melody corsage bracelet in rose gold serves as a base for this design, enhanced with silk orchid blossoms and wholesale artificial succulents like echeveria and string of pearls. Showtime ribbon in platinum and Double Faced Satin ribbon in nectar finish the composition.

The metal bracket that comes with the bracelet has already been removed for this video, and the remaining plastic platform has been secured. Vonda moves right into the construction of the corsage by laying both types of ribbon beneath the platform and tying a knot. This provides extra surface area to support the adhesive that Vonda adds in the next step.

Once the adhesive has enjoyed a moment to set up, Vonda begins adding individual silk succulent leaves. She also adds the artificial string of pearls to give a nice trailing effect for that extra touch of elegance.  

Vonda places more adhesive in the center of the arrangement to accommodate the addition of a gorgeous focal point. By weaving both silk orchid blossoms together with throats toward the center, Vonda makes an impressively full-looking corsage sure to please any recipient. To finish the design, Vonda trims any excess ribbon. 

The result is a colorful, modern, and sophisticated corsage with just the right amount of glitz and glamour to become a dazzling statement piece for any event. 

Each component used in this demonstration is readily available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Take time to explore Pioneer’s wide selection of wholesale silk flowers, artificial succulents, corsage bracelets, ribbon, and beyond – everything you need to create stunning accessories just like this one.  

Shop products from the video:

#ME1808R – Melody Rose Gold Bracelet
#CP1628GR – Hanging String of Pearls, Green
#CE30113GRTT – Large Echeveria Pick, Green Two-Tone
#PWO1109WH – Orchid Pick, White
#22-4118-3-011 – “Showtime” Ribbon, Platinum
#2206-1-714 – Double Faced Satin Ribbon, Petal Peach


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Video: Corsage Gluing Tips & Tricks

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 12, 2018

Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.


Smart gluing techniques are the backbone of any corsage project. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building a corsage from the ground up – demonstrating a handful of helpful corsage gluing tips to make the process quicker and easier while resulting in a sturdy product your customers can depend on.


The initial round of advice deals with minimizing mess. Vonda begins by introducing Oasis Floral Adhesive, available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. To keep the glue from oozing out too fast, she uses a pair of needle nose pliers to crimp the nozzle into a more easily-controlled oval shape. 


Keeping the glue upright when you’re not using it is another way to keep your workspace cleaner and tidier. Vonda uses a simple plastic cup and piece of cardboard to create a sturdy glue holder that can be easily disposed of or re-used. 


To create this holder, Vonda places a dot of glue on the bottom of the cup and another on the cardboard – this “glue on glue” technique creates a stronger (almost magnetic) bond, a tip you can use for any permanent botanical project. 


You can even keep the cap for the adhesive inside of the cup to prevent it from rolling away and getting lost while you work.


Next, Vonda begins the corsage demonstration. The glitzy Diamond Road corsage bracelet – like many of the wholesale corsage bracelets from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – includes a plastic platform that makes gluing so much easier. Vonda uses needle nose pliers to remove the metal part of the platform since it isn’t needed for this project.    


Vonda applies the glue to the platform liberally, even covering the ribbon rose in the center. She lays a few sprigs of wholesale artificial maidenhair fern around the edges. Next, Vonda gathers a few colors of ribbon and creates a large bow to serve as the center of the design. A little extra glue on the bow supports the final few pieces of artificial maidenhair.   


With the “nest” of the design completed, Vonda adds a beautiful silk Phalaenopsis orchid to the center. Phalaenopsis orchids are a popular choice for weddings and other formal events, making this realistic silk bloom a perfect choice for this corsage. She trims the excess stem and covers the rest with floral adhesive to ensure a sturdy bond. 


Vonda finishes the corsage design by gently fluffing and trimming the ribbons as needed to ensure a neat composition. 


The result is a beautiful corsage – made quickly, easily, and neatly thanks to the professional glue techniques Vonda demonstrates in this video. This advice can work well for corsages in any style and can even carry over to other permanent botanical projects you might have in mind. 


Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find the adhesives, silk flowers, corsage bracelets and wholesale ribbon used in this video. Pioneer offers a wide variety of supplies for corsage projects just like this one, along with everything you need to complete other permanent botanical projects for weddings, prom, seasonal displays, and so much more. 


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