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July 15th, 2013 - Summer Decorating Ideas

Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to share some great summer decorating ideas that are both decorative and practical.

Recycled Wine Bottles With a New Purpose

Wine Bottle Tabletop Tiki Torch:

If you're hosting an outdoor party, these Wine Bottle Tabletop Tiki Torches are a must! Super fun and easy!!! You will need 3/8" washers which you may find at your local hardware store, Tike Torch refill wicks, Tiki Torch fuel, and a hot glue gun. Simply fill the wine bottle with Tiki Torch fuel about 3/4 full. Hot glue a washer to the top of the wine bottle. Place the Tiki Torch wick inside bottle. Light and enjoy! You may also fill the wine bottle with small rocks for appearance as well as taking up space (less fuel)!


Wine bottle
3/8" washers
Tiki Torch refill wicks
Tike Torch fuel
Hot glue gun/ hot glue

Seashell Wine Stopper:

Add a punch of color to your evening or use as a hostess gift, create these bright Seashell Wine Stoppers! Purchase any wine stopper or cork. Finding colorful wine stoppers will make for a fun wine stopper! Purchase seashells at a local craft store or use ones you have collected at the beach. Choose a shell that will fit nicely on top of the wine stopper. Once you have chosen the shell, choose any color acrylic paint to paint entire shell. Add stripes, polka dots, or leave it plain. Once the paint has dried, simply hot glue the shell to the wine stopper. Now you have a fun addition to your party or give one as a hostess gift!


Wine stopper/ cork
Acrylic paint (any color)
Hot glue gun/ hot glue

From Drab to Fab

Terracotta Pot Wreath:

Whatever season it may be, create a Terracotta Pot Wreath for your front door, garden gate, or simply for decoration. This fun project only needs a few items to make! You will need a grapevine wreath (any size), small terracotta pots (number depends on size of wreath-you will cluster them together), wire, wire cutters, and moss! Lay the grapevine wreath flat on the table. Take a terracotta pot and thread a piece of wire through the bottom drain hole and around the side of the terracotta pot. Twist the wire together at the top of the terracotta pot leaving enough wire to wrap through part of the grapevine wreath. Attach the terracotta pot to the wreath by threading remaining wire and twisting to secure. Repeat these steps until the wreath is completely filled with terracotta pots. Arrange the terracotta pots in different directions to add dimension. Leave a few terra-cotta pots in an upright position to fill with fresh flowers or herbs! Tuck moss throughout the grapevine wreath to cover any exposed wire. This lovely Terracotta Pot Wreath will perk up any front door or garden gate especially when filled with fresh flowers or herbs!


-Grapevine wreath (any size)
-Small terracotta pots (number depends of size of wreath)
-Wire cutters
-Fresh flowers or herbs/ potting soil

Fabric Wrapped Terracotta Pots:

For any special occasion, birthdays, 4th of July, or just for fun, these Fabric Wrapped Terracotta Pots will be a fun addition! Choose fabric according to your desired theme. Many fabric stores have an array of already cut fabric squares ready to go. Lay the chosen fabric flat on a table. Brush Mod Podge on the outside of the terracotta pot. Mod Podge acts as the glue as well as the protective coat. Lay the terracotta pot (glued side down) onto the fabric. Wrap the fabric over the terracotta pot and smooth with your fingers. Repeat this step until the entire terracotta pot is covered with the fabric. There will be excess fabric on the top and bottom of the terracotta pot. Turn the terracotta pot over (top side down) and cut off any excess fabric leaving about an inch of fabric. Cut slits in the fabric every 2 inches or so. Brush Mod Podge over bottom of the terracotta pot. Smooth fabric over the bottom of the pot. Repeat this step for the top portion of the terracotta pot. You may leave the inside of the terracotta pot "unfinished" if you will be planting or covering up this area. If your terracotta pot will be used as decoration, you may add grosgrain ribbon to hide the fabric inside the terracotta pot. Brush the entire outside area of the fabric terracotta pot with Mod Podge as a protective coat. Fill with fresh plants, decorations, or use as a utensil holder for parties...the list can keep going according to your imagination!


-Terracotta pots (any size)
-Fabric of choice
-Mod Podge
-Foam brush

July 4th, 2013 - Fun and Festive ideas - watch now

June 12th, 2013 - Outdoor Votive Candle Chandelier - watch now

June 5th, 2013 - When to plant Hydrangeas - watch now

May 29th, 2013 - Spring Decor with FLAIR! - watch now

May 15th, 2013 - Shady Fancing and Day Lilies - watch now

April 24th, 2013 - Arkansas Symphony Designer House - watch now

April 17th, 2013 - Spring facelift for your garden - watch now

April 10th, 2013 - Plants that LOVE heat - watch now

April 3rd, 2013 - Flowering Trees - watch now

March 27th, 2013 - Garden Accessories - watch now

March 20th, 2013 - Basic Winter Chores - watch now

March 15th, 2013 - Getting Ready For Spring - watch now

March 6th, 2013 - Easter Decorating - watch now

February 27th, 2013 - Easy Indoor Plants - watch now

February 20th, 2013 - Winter Chores - watch now

February 13th, 2013 - Valentine's Tips and PANIC ATTACK! watch now

February 6th, 2013 - Hardy winter plants and Valentine's Gifts - watch now

January 23rd, 2013 - Growing from Seeds - watch now

January 9th, 2013 - Easy Propagation - watch now

December 19th, 2012 - Ornaments by Nature - watch now

December 12th, 2012 - Easy Gift Ideas - watch the video

December 5th, 2012 - Chris hosts a look at Holiday Tour of Homes - check it out

November 21st, 2012 - It's all about the details when it comes to Christmas - watch the segment

November 14th, 2012 - Mom's Outdoor Oasis revealed - watch the segment

November 7th, 2012 - Planting bulbs - watch now

October 24th, 2012 - Winterizing your lawn - watch now

October 17th, 2012 - LIVE footage from the Olsen Home - watch now

October 10th, 2012 - Hardy Evergreens and Winter Containers - watch now

October 3rd, 2012 - The Perfect Pumpkin and Miniature Gardens - watch now

September 26th, 2012 - Pumpkin Terrariums and Haunting Potion Bottles - watch now

September 19th, 2012 - Spooky Pumpkins with Chris Olsen - watch now

September 12th, 2012 - Autumn Brunch and Potted Pumpkins - watch now

September 5th, 2012 - Indoor Topiaries and Fall Wreaths - watch now

August 29th, 2012 - Stepping Stones and Pickled Squash - watch now

August 15th, 2012 - Poached Apples are great - watch now

July 25th, 2012 - Memory Jars and Perennial Care - watch now

July 18th, 2012 - Orange Iced Tea & Stressed Plants - watch now

July 11th, 2012 - Butterflies! - watch now

July 4th, 2012 - Zesty Corn Salad - watch now

June 27th, 2012 - Decorating for July 4th - watch now

June 6th, 2012 - Wild Animal Containers - watch now

May 23rd, 2012 - Fruit Smores are a healthy snack - watch now

May 16th, 2012 - Sweet Smelling Shrubs and Growing Citrus in the South - watch now

May 9th, 2012 - Mother's Day ideas - watch now

May 2nd, 2012 - Summer Color - watch now

April 25th, 2012 - Terrariums and Glowing Containers - watch now

April 18th, 2012 - Beet and Apple Green Salad and Deer Proofing - watch now

April 11th, 2012 - Make potted containers hot and Pots with a twist - watch now

April 4th, 2012 - Easter table and Heat tolerant plants - watch now

March 28th, 2012 - Easter Nest and Yard Art Bunny - check it out

March 21st, 2012 - Made in the shade

March 14th, 2012 - Get Ready for Spring

March 7th, 2012 - Spring Flower Delights! Watch the videos!

February 22nd, 2012 - Using PH to alter plant colors - watch now

February 17th, 2012 - Planting Winter Vegetables and Spring and Summer Color - watch now

February 1st, 2012 - Great Valentines segment - watch now

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