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Video: Adding Succulents to Bouquets 2

Amy Lombardo - Monday, December 23, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

It's practically impossible to open a shelter magazine without seeing the succulent trend in action – page after page, succulent after succulent. But the trend hasn't stopped there. Floral design professionals are now seeing wedding customers asking to integrate on-trend succulents into centerpieces, boutonnieres, and even bouquets. 

Tom Bowling AIFD, CFD, PFCI uses this video to demonstrate an intriguing way to infuse a bouquet with a touch of artificial succulent style.

He begins with the artificial desert rose succulent pick from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. On its own, this artificial succulent is handsome and stately – a selection that immediately catches the eye. For the chosen bouquet composition, the color would make a spectacular complement. 

But as Tom points out, this substantial artificial succulent might be a little too heavy for this specific application. His solution is quick and easy, and readily applies to a wide variety of other artificial succulent picks on the market today. 

Tom takes a moment to split the outer casing on the stem and divides the artificial desert rose succulent into thirds. He adds his own stems – left over from previous projects – and adds them to each section. Now he can add these artificial succulent sections into the bouquet individually, rather than as one large placement.

Spreading out the artificial succulent sections not only balances the bouquet visually, but it also distributes the physical weight better as well. 

Next, Tom does the same thing with a selection of wholesale artificial rosemary from Pioneer. He trims the sprigs apart and attaches more leftover stems with floral tape but notes that you could easily use wire instead of stems if none are available. He mentions the importance of using the tape to cover any wire ends that may be exposed. Now you can add the artificial rosemary in singles or doubles or however you want. 

The artificial desert rose succulent brings sophisticated color, while the silk rosemary enhances the profile with a loose airy look. Together, these selections enhance the texture profile tremendously. Simple additions like this can take a bouquet from traditional to on-trend – and with the value maximizing tips Tom shows here, you can do so without a significant hit to the budget.

You can find the wholesale artificial desert rose succulent and artificial rosemary plant highlighted here within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer can help you stay stocked up on timeless traditional staples, and help you keep your selection fresh with on-trend must-have selections.

Shop products from the video:
PWS1067BUGR Desert Rose Succulent Pick, 10.5", Dia.: 3", Burgundy/Green
PWS2642GR Rosemary Plant, x12, 17", Green

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Video: Fitz Delightz

Amy Lombardo - Monday, April 15, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Getting ready for prom is all about time. Prom crunch can be hectic for floral professionals. Whether prom is the same weekend as Mother’s Day weekend or those large group orders start rolling in at the same time, there just never seems to be enough hours in the day. 

You might be looking for ways to stretch your productivity to the maximum, and Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is here to help. Pioneer offers a must-have tool that can simplify the wrist corsage construction process and help you save a ton of time. Fitz Delightz are a super-useful accessory from Fitz Design, able to help you create prom wrist corsages faster and easier than ever. 

Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI showcases the versatility of Fitz Delightz with this quick video demonstration. 

The gorgeous Princess bracelet serves as the base for this design. This bright white option is a fantastic fit for a wide variety of prom themes – great for those large prom groups that want to coordinate but also want different accent colors to match the dresses and accessories of each couple. 

Vonda begins by adding glue to the base of each peach silk ranunculus, setting each one aside to give the glue a bit of time to set up. She also adds glue to the ribbon for that powerful glue-on-glue adhesion. After attaching the silk flowers, she adds small silk leaf accents to complete the look.

The result is beautiful! This wrist corsage looks like it took a lot of time and work, but the construction process was a breeze! Your customers and clients will love the look of your wrist corsages built on a Fitz Delightz base.

You can find these wholesale Fitz Delightz and a wide range of wholesale silk flowers available from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. It is never too early to start building your prom season toolbox for next year – let Pioneer Imports & Wholesale help you prepare for the prom rush.

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#FD5007S “Princess” Bracelet w/ Ribbon & Leaves 6pc pkg, Dazzle
#PWR2610COMX Mini Ranunculus Bush x7, 18”, Coral Mix
#PWR1050PHDR Ranunculus Bush x9, 18.5”, Peach Dream

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Video: Bubble Bath Corsage

Amy Lombardo - Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a gorgeous wrist corsage using wholesale silk lilies and foliage accents from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by following along with this quick video demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI.

This tutorial uses the Bubble Bath corsage bracelet in champagne, also available from Pioneer. This piece is stunningly simple and super versatile – easy to coordinate with a variety of wrist corsage styles. 

Vonda begins by preparing the bracelets with a length of string to bind the strands together. She liberally applies glue to the group of string ends, creating a nice flat base for the addition of the permanent botanical elements. 

Each of the silk dusty miller leaves comes with plastic veining, which Vonda easily removes before application for a softer look. Trimming the ends of each leaf provides a larger surface area for attachment. Vonda adds glue to each before attaching to the bracelet, creating a strong glue-on-glue bond. 

Vonda takes the same glue-on-glue approach with the dramatic purple silk calla lilies, applying glue to the stems. The first addition has a lengthy stem – easy and quick to attach. She applies glue to the others and sets them aside to give the glue a little more time to set up. 

The other silk foliage used in this design is from a silk lemon leaf garland. She trims these into smaller pieces for better dispersal. She applies the remaining silk foliage elements between the silk calla lilies, taking care to vary the heights and angles to create a sense of fabulous dramatic volume. 

Check out the result! This piece features a straightforward composition, yet the purple silk calla lilies make a truly glamorous statement – this wrist corsage can be dressed up or dressed down to fit any occasion. 

Are you inspired to create your own distinctive variations on this design? The lovely Bubble Bath bracelet is also available in silvery Charcoal, glossy black Midnight, and bright white Sugar. Have fun experimenting with the various Bubble Bath colorways alongside the tremendous variety of wholesale silk flowers available from Pioneer.

Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has everything you need to create one-of-a-kind wrist corsages for weddings, prom groups, and other exciting occasions. 

Shop products from the video:
#BU1511 “Bubble Bath” Corsage Bracelet, Champagne
#PWC0104WHPU Mini Real Touch Calla Lily 15”, White/Purple
#PWG2627GR Lemon Leaf Garland 6’, Green
#PWDM1142GR Dusty miller Spray 22” Green

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Video: Triple Crown Corsage Cuff

Amy Lombardo - Monday, April 01, 2019
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Creating a truly elegant wrist corsage requires careful attention to detail – and Pioneer Imports & Wholesale has everything you need to make sure your next corsage project has that keepsake quality design that can make your client’s special day feel even more memorable.

A high-quality corsage cuff can make all the difference. The bracelet is the foundation of any wrist corsage design, setting a glamorous stage for the customizations and accents you decide to add. The beautiful Triple Crown corsage cuff from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a versatile base, able to accommodate a wide variety of themes and styles. 

Explore a glimpse of the possibilities with this delightful demonstration by Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. In this video, Vonda introduces a small selection of the wholesale corsage bracelets available from Pioneer, then builds an example wrist corsage using the radiant Triple Crown.

Vonda begins by preparing the supplies. She takes silk rose leaves and plucks them from the stems, then trims to create a flat edge. She adds glue to the back – giving the glue a moment to set before use allows for better adhesion. The silk mini ranunculus gets the same treatment. Finally, she trims the stems from the silk hydrangea.

With the supplies prepared and ready to go, Vonda can move through the next steps very quickly. She uses a creative technique to secure the silk rose leaves to the bracelet – placing a leaf on one side of the band and gluing another leaf on the other side, sandwiching the bracelet in the middle. This creates a sturdy base for the next additions.

Vonda adds more glue to the top of the silk leaves, and then lays a length of ribbon over top. She adds a little more glue to hold the silk mini ranunculus and silk hydrangea. To give the composition a little more height and volume, Vonda also decides to add a piece of silk hydrangea with a slightly longer stem. 

The construction process is so simple, yet the result is truly splendid! Explore the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog to find more wholesale corsage bracelets, silk flowers, and useful accessories to help you create unforgettable permanent botanical creations just like this one. 

Shop products from the video:
#TC19 “Triple Crown” Corsage Cuff
#PWR2610LTPK Mini Ranunculus Bush x7, 18”, Light Pink
#PWH2729PK Hydrangea Stem 19”, Pink

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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: A Diamond in the Rough Corsage

Orders Pioneer - Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Learn how to create a gorgeous and glamorous corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD. This piece is perfect for prom, weddings, and can add a touch of glitz to any formal event. 

This design starts with a wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelet named Diamond Road. This corsage bracelet features adjustable snaps to easily fit a variety of wrist sizes, a fantastic choice for coordinated groups. Silk mini rosebud bush buds and leaves add a natural touch, and a ribbon named “Blended” serves as a base for the composition.

Vonda begins by adding a single piece of ribbon to the corsage bracelet, laying it beneath and tying around the plastic platform to create a solid gluing surface. She then creates a larger bow and ties it in place. Fluff out the corsage ribbon and trim the longer ends if necessary.

The next step is to prepare the silk foliage for gluing. Vonda places adhesive on a spare piece of cardboard and dips the end of each leaf and bud cutting into the glue. As the glue rests and begins to set up, Vonda adds more adhesive to the plastic platform. This glue-to-glue technique creates an almost magnetic effect for a more durable result. 

Vonda adds each individual silk rose leaf around the edges of the platform beneath the ribbon. Silk mini rosebuds find a home in the middle of the ribbon, with a few placed around the edges to strike a pleasing balance of visual weight. 

A few more leaves added to the center increases the depth of the design.

While wrapping up the project, Vonda adds a reminder that there are endless customization options your clients and customers will surely appreciate. Adding accessories to the center – like rhinestones or pearls – can add an extra touch of “bling” that elevates this design to the next level.

You can find the wholesale silk flowers, Fitz Design corsage bracelet, and colorful ribbon all within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers everything you need to prepare for prom or bridal show season, with endless color and style options to suit the tastes of your customers every single time.  

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#16-2445-3-1060 – “Blended” Ribbon, Pink/Red

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Video: Sydney Eucalyptus Corsage & Boutonniere

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

To maintain a cohesive look and feel throughout a wedding environment, it helps to decide on a set of permanent botanical options that will serve as a unifying feature across the entire range of accessories used. In this video, Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI discusses why the silk Sydney eucalyptus from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale is a fantastic choice for this purpose. 

As an example, Vonda starts by highlighting a small boutonniere that adapts elements from a chosen bouquet – it uses the same silk roses that were seen in the bouquet along with the seeds from Pioneer’s silk Sydney eucalyptus. She then points to the wrist corsage that adapts those same permanent botanicals in turn. Each one uses a different ratio of silk rose and silk eucalyptus for individualistic yet coordinated compositions. 

Vonda also takes time to share a quick tip for working with the silk Sydney eucalyptus specifically. You can see that she has already deconstructed a section by cutting away the silk leaves and removing the seed accents. She mentions that you may sometimes want to strip the plastic vein from the bottom of the leaves if you want something more pliable. 

Next, Vonda demonstrates a technique to make the individual silk eucalyptus leaves look more voluminous and to give permanent botanical arrangements more texture. She chooses a single silk eucalyptus leaf – with vein removed – and trims away the lower section before adding a bead of glue along the bottom. After waiting a few seconds for the glue to set up and become tackier, she uses a pair of pliers to gently roll the silk leaf over. 

She simply squeezes the leaf together after rolling to reinforce the new shape. With this trick, you now have another way to use the same silk eucalyptus pieces to create differing styles of wedding accessories that remain perfectly coordinated. 

You can find this exceptionally versatile silk Sydney eucalyptus selection within the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale catalog. Pioneer also offers a wide range of other permanent botanicals and wholesale accessories – everything you need to create fabulous wrist corsages, silk bouquets, boutonnieres, and other wedding season essentials. 

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#SV1510 – Savannah Bracelet - Black

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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: Rock Candy Bracelet Corsage – Reinvented!

Amanda Thomas - Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

In this quick video tutorial from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale, learn how to create an elegant and sophisticated corsage with instruction from Vonda LaFever AIFD, CFD, PFCI. 

This design builds on the Rock Candy corsage bracelet, a beautiful wholesale Fitz Design piece. Rhinestone quintets and stylish Gleaming Leaves bring additional glamour to the composition, while sheer ribbon in mint offers an interesting sense of color contrast. Wholesale silk rosebuds add a soft floral touch that rounds out this design beautifully. 

Vonda begins by introducing the Rock Candy corsage bracelet – this project will use the rose gold color, but Vonda points out that this piece is also available in lovely bronze and copper options as well. She begins building the corsage by tying a piece of ribbon beneath the platform and bracelet. Next, she uses the loose ribbon ends to secure separate bow to the piece.

Because glue on glue construction offers a stronger bond, Vonda preps for the next steps by applying a base layer of adhesive around the plastic platform. Another popular tip is to increase surface area wherever possible, as Vonda does here by curling the stems of the metallic leaves.  

Now that the plastic platform is prepared, Vonda attaches the silk rose leaves around the edges. The radiant gold Gleaming Leaves take their place around the perimeter next.

The quintets receive a slightly different treatment. Vonda bunches these together at the stem, placing the grouping directly in the center. This adds height to the arrangement and serves as a glitzy focal point that immediately catches the eye. 

To complete the design, Vonda carefully places the silk mini rose blossoms and tiny silk buds around the edges, taking care to strike a pleasing visual balance. Create a tidy result by lightly fluffing the ribbons and bending the quintets as needed. 

Build incredible corsages just like this one with supplies from the Pioneer Imports & Wholesale website. Pioneer offers a wide range of wholesale silk flowers, dazzling accents, and wholesale Fitz Design corsage bracelets to help you get started. Create the perfect designs for all your clients with a little help from Pioneer.

Shop products from the video:

#RC208R – Rock Candy Bracelet, Rose Gold
#KK4607 – Gold Stem Quintets, Iridescent
#35037 – Mini Rosebud Bush, White
#GL1108 – Gleaming Leaves, Gold
#16-94344-3-530 – “Illissa” Ribbon, Mint

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