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Video: Gray Succulents Design

Amy Lombardo - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Modern design palettes are taking advantage of grays more and more. This neutral serves as a strong base for a variety of popular styles, from minimalist to industrial to contemporary chic. Gray accommodates dark and light themes equally well while helping any other accent colors pop. 

Professionals who specialize in home or event décor can benefit from having a wide array of permanent botanicals with gray undertones. Artificial succulents are especially versatile and up-to-date. Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows off a few examples available from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale – you can see the appeal of these beautiful gray succulents with the simple arrangement she creates.

Vonda begins with a ceramic bowl with a calming gray glaze, a fantastic choice to bring out the gray within the wholesale artificial succulents to be used in this composition. This bowl has been prepared with a block of dry floral foam to hold the artificial succulents in place. A layer of moss conceals the foam for a more natural look. To create a desert theme, you could choose to use small pebbles instead.

A quick time-lapse shows the creation of this handsome arrangement. Vonda begins with the larger artificial echeveria picks and works her way to the smaller bundle. You can see how plump and lifelike each one looks – just like real succulents. 

Explore the Pioneer Catalog to find the wholesale artificial succulents used in this video, along with a wide variety of others. These gray artificial succulents are a useful addition to any designer’s toolbox – sure to prove useful as focal points and small accent pieces alike. 

Shop the complete Gray Succulents Collection here.

Shop products from the video:
CE9222GYFS – Echeveria Pick 7.5”, Gray Frosted
CE4194GRBU – Soft Echeveria Pick 9”, Green/Burgundy
CE1325GYGR – Echeveria Pick X3, 8”, Gray/Green
CM0165GRGY – Echeveria Pick 6”, Green/Gray
DF348G/20 – Premium Dry Foam Bricks *20-piece case*
93915-00 – “Polly” Ceramic Bowl 7.75x3.5”, Light Blue

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Video: How To: Design a Succulent Garden

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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

Consumers love succulents because they’re easy to care for, which is also one of the reasons the artificial succulents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale are such a popular selection – they require absolutely no upkeep or maintenance, yet they look so vibrant and real. 

In this helpful video, Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building a succulent garden using Pioneer’s line of wholesale artificial succulents.

Vonda begins with a handsome nature-inspired planter that has been outfitted with a small block of floral foam in the center. She presses each artificial succulent into the foam one by one – taking care to ensure an attractive sense of balance between color, height, and variety. 

The result is a beautiful permanent botanical garden perfect for any consumer or commercial display. 

When it comes time to display this lovely artificial succulent garden, Vonda suggests displaying them in multiples. Your customer might choose to buy an additional piece because they are so easy to display and look so rich and interesting when arranged in groups. 

Try out this log look planter for your next project or explore the wide selection of wholesale containers from the Pioneer website. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers an extensive selection of containers and wholesale artificial succulents – everything you need to create stunning displays and permanent botanical arrangements just like the one in this video. 

Shop our complete line of succulents here.

Containers featured in this video:

#2-107CM/1TL – Rectangular Cement Tree Log Planter, 15"

#2-106CM/1TL – Rectangular Cement Tree Log Planter, 8" 

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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: How To: Make a Corsage with Avery Bracelet

Amanda Thomas - Monday, March 26, 2018

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

A fresh take on the popularity of succulents in wedding arrangements and interior décor, this video features a natural corsage created using Pioneer’s beautiful Avery corsage bracelet decorated with permanent botanical echeveria succulents and stylish coordinates. 

Vonda LaFever, AIFD, PFCI, CFD walks through the process of building this corsage step-by-step. Vonda starts with a tour of the three colors of Avery corsage bracelet available from Pioneer – licorice, champagne, and sugar. 

Using the champagne bracelet, Vonda begins by tying off the ribbon to secure the bracelet to the convenient design disc that will serve as a platform to hold the cuttings of greenery. She also secures a piece of chenille stem that will come in handy throughout the tutorial.

Vonda lays cutting from an artificial string of pearls succulent across the design disc, twisting the chenille stem to hold it in place. Using pliers to coil the remaining chenille stem adds more gluing surface for the following steps.

Next, Vonda begins adding succulents to the corsage. She places glue on the design disc as well as the succulents for an almost magnetic effect – if you watch the related design video about gluing, this technique is very similar. Adding more glue to the disc allows for more insertions. 

The result is a beautiful wrist corsage that uses only succulents with no ribbons. Compared to traditional floral corsages, this design offers a more modern and up-to-date look that integrates current trends – a fantastic accessory for weddings, prom, and other fashion forward events.

You can find all the products used to create this corsage by browsing the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website – or, use the catalog to find other silk flowers and foliage that might spark your imagination for other new looks to try. 

Shop products from the video:

#AV1110 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Licorice
#AV1111 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Champagne
#AV1112 – Avery Flower Bracelet, Sugar
#PWS2629GR – String of Pearls, 16”, Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWB2241GCR – Berry Stem, Green/Cream
#PWS1612BU – Rosette Pick, Burgundy

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Video: Creating a Floral Chandelier with Flowers& Magazine

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, February 06, 2018

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

In this video from Flowers& Magazine, Rich Salvaggio AIFD walks through the process of creating a beautiful floral chandelier with silk flowers and accessories from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale.

Rich begins with a quick introduction to a few of the most popular products from the Pioneer catalog and demonstrates a few creative ways to use them. 

This quick introduction begins with the silk peony bush paired with ranunculus. Realistic succulents line the perimeter of the stylish wooden box that houses the arrangement, bringing a skillful sense of color balance to the composition. 

A bush of English roses takes center stage in the following example. The silk roses are spread out for realism, placed to stand tall in a colorful green planter. Boxwood and echeveria complete the arrangement. Rich notes that the faux echeveria succulents are available in a wide range of dynamic colors. 

The final prepared arrangement that Rich displays highlights a very trendy way to use one of the newer products from Pioneer. This lemon leaf wreath originally comes with just the silk foliage – this example, however, demonstrates the wreath’s versatility with the inclusion of gorgeous hydrangea and butcher’s broom. 

Next, Rich moves on to the featured demonstration. This inspiring floral chandelier offers endless applications, from displays to weddings to general décor. Rich walks through the process of creating this chandelier step-by-step, explaining every detail.  

This simple yet impressive project begins by covering a wire wreath frame with silk eucalyptus. Rich works his way around the frame, securing each sprig of eucalyptus with ordinary white cable ties. 

Once this base layer is in place, Rich begins preparing bright silk cherry blossoms to serve as a gorgeous contrast to the subdued green of the eucalyptus. He takes a moment to note that silk flowers often ship in a very compact form, and quickly shows how easy it is to give these pieces a more lifelike appearance by gently bending and spreading the branches for more volume.

Rich switches to a larger cable tie to accommodate the heavier cherry blossom garland, attaching each sprig to the gold bars of the wreath, and trims each tie as he goes along. 

Lilac wisteria serves as the next layer. Rich bends each individual stem outward from the grouping, making it easy to simply insert the entire bunch into the wreath at once. He repeats this process until three wisteria bushes are seamlessly integrated into the chandelier design. 

As you might notice in stores and fashionable displays, trendy floral chandeliers tend to feature a cascading profile – longer in the middle. Rich chooses a lengthy silk wisteria stem in a light neutral tone to finish this arrangement. He trims the long stems to use as a framework, laying them inside the wreath in a crisscross fashion. He then feeds the wisteria through the stems, using them as natural support. 

The result is a vibrant, lively, and easy-to-appreciate chandelier perfect for everything from commercial displays to wedding décor and so much more. 

You can find the wholesale silk flowers and accessories used in this video on the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. And don’t forget to check out the February issue of Flowers& Magazine, where you’ll find a supplement detailing the creation of this floral chandelier – along with many other useful and interesting features. 

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Video: How To: Create a Succulent Garden

Amanda Thomas - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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

Succulent gardens are a versatile and creative way to bring a touch of nature to the indoors without taking up much space – they’re a wonderful way to decorate sales displays, homes, and even offices. 

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses selections from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to create a beautiful faux succulent garden from start to finish. 

Vonda begins by preparing a container - the one in this video is the Galveston metal planter from Pioneer. A block of floral foam will serve as a secure base for the succulents. 

Give the base a realistic and natural appearance with just a few simple steps. Spray the top of the foam block with adhesive and sprinkle potting soil over the area you sprayed. Shake off the excess soil and allow your work to dry for just a few minutes. Then, add another coat and another layer of soil. Build up to two layers or repeat as needed. 

Next, Vonda places the foam base into the planter and begins to arrange a colorful selection of faux succulents from the Pioneer collection. She impresses the importance of visual balance – in terms of both succulent size and color. Finally, soft sprigs of artificial maidenhair fern soften the aesthetic. 

Because of the soil-topped foam base, the artificial succulent arrangement doesn’t need to cover every inch of space. The result looks free and natural as if they simply grew that way. 

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale offers a wide variety of artificial succulents for endless arrangement options. Explore the website for wholesale containers, imitation plants and greenery, supplies, and all the decorative accessories you or your customers might need to create your own whimsical faux gardens. 

Shop products from the video:

#72550-00 – Galveston Metal Planter
#PWS1610 – Echeveria Pick, Mauve Green
#PWS1610 – Echeveria Pick, Green
#PWS1611TTGR – Bottlebrush & Maidenhair Fern Pick
#PWS1612BU – Succulent Rosette Pick, Burgundy
#PWS1068GR – Mini Jade Succulent Pick, Green
#PWS1066GBU – Echeveria Succulent Pick, Burgundy/Green
#PWS1065 – Echeveria Succulent Pick, Burgundy/Green

Watch the video here!

Video: Bridal Show Success: Fabulous Chair Backs

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, January 25, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B

Bridal shows are a fantastic place to introduce brides to new, fun, and interesting ideas. In this video, Sue Huelsman AIFD walks through a few examples – including both established trends and new innovative products. 

Sue starts with beaded garland as a reliable example, a neat touch that can add a little bit of detail into fresh and silk flower arrangements. Succulents are going to be popular again this year too, so Sue recommends continuing to use those as well. 

Next, Sue highlights the Acolyte garland, twelve feet of lighted garland useful for a wide variety of decorative purposes. Use this garland for basic accessories like bows, weave it through structures like arbors and other arrangements, or use wherever you want to add a little “pop” of light. 

And finally, chair backs wrap up the video. Sue shows off a gorgeous rhinestone chair back design, attached to elastic so it will fit on any kind of chair. Add details like ribbon or floral accessories to create beautiful customized chair backs for your brides and grooms. 

Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website to find even more ideas for accessories that are sure to fascinate customers and set your bridal show display apart from the rest. 

How To: Fresh Ideas for Succulent Designs

Courtney May - Thursday, September 22, 2016

The popularity of succulents remains strong and is going to continue to do so.  Pioneer strives to offer a large variety of high-quality wholesale succulents to meet the needs and expectations of you and your customers.   In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to add new depth to your artificial succulent designs using the artificial coral grass bush.  

Products used in this video:

Before starting, place dry floral foam into the Norman Metal Bowl for insertions.  Also, make sure that you have some bolt cutters on hand for cutting the thick succulent stems.  You may also want to go through and cut all of your stems down ahead of time, instead of cutting each one before inserting.  

Insert the two large echeveria succulents first, nestling them close together.  Then, take one of the Succulent Picks #191357GRBN and insert it through the coral spray so that the coral surrounds the succulent.  Insert this pair into the center of the design, creating the tallest part of the arrangement.  Then, take another one or two of these Succulent Picks #191357GRBN and cut them into smaller, shorter stems.  Insert these stems in and around the coral, so that it looks like these succulents are growing up through the coral.  

Next, take your other Succulent Pick #CS9008GR and insert a couple of those in a grouping.  Remember, when designing succulent gardens with artificial succulents, you want to keep the succulents of the same kind close together in the design so it looks much more real.  If you have two of the same succulent on opposite sides of the design, it does not look like a natural growing succulent garden.  

Lastly, add the hen & chicks succulent pick, adding the larger succulent low in the design to cover the foam, and then the rest of the pick above it, standing taller, so that it looks like they are growing over one another.  

Vonda displays two other succulent gardens created with the Norman Pots and Coral Grass in different sizes, just showing how many different design options you have!  

Shop our whole selection of succulents here and see what unique, natural-looking succulent gardens you can create! 

Video: For the Birds

Courtney May - Monday, June 13, 2016

In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI shows how to incorporate our adorable resin birds into some beautiful spring designs! 

Products used in this design: 

Start by putting dry foam into the Norman Metal Pot for your insertions.  Choose one of the Vintage Gold birds from the set and glue it in the center of the foam so that it is the center of the design.  Next, take a few pieces of the Hedera Ivy and insert it around the bird.  Vonda inserts the ivy differently, leaving some pieces cascading down, while others she wraps around the design and inserts again.  This is not meant to be a mass insertion.  Just insert enough ivy that it goes all the way around the design.  

Now it's  time to create a focal point with a vibrant sunflower!  Cut a few stems off of your sunflower bush and insert one in the front and center to be the focal.  Then you can take a couple other stems and insert them towards the back to tie it all together.  Just remember when making your insertions, to point the flower heads towards the front so they face the viewer.  Also, be careful not to let the ivy or sunflowers cover up that adorable bird in the center!  If the bird is hiding, re-position the leaves of the ivy and the sunflowers to make sure your customers notice the bird! 

When merchandising this piece in your shop, place it with the embellished moss birdhouses and the other two birds in the set.  The the customer might add some of the other pieces as accents to the centerpiece or they may even purchase everything as a collection! 

The next design Vonda creates is using the Norman Metal Bowl, Garden Brown Resin Bird Set, and succulents.  Start again by placing foam in the metal container to prepare for insertions.  Choose two birds from the set of garden brown birds and glue them firmly in place to the foam.  Glue one bird facing forward and another one facing backwards so that these adorable birds are visible from all sides!  Now we are going to insert the succulents!  Succulents continue to gain popularity, so you can be sure that your customers will love this combination of trendy succulents and adorable birds! Insert the succulents around the birds, making sure not to detract from or cover the birds.  While you are making your insertions,  glue some sheet moss onto the edges of the foam to cover over any spots of foam that show through and complete the look.  

You now have two unique ideas of how to incorporate our adorable Resin Birds into floral designs!