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July 4th, 2013 - Fun and Festive party ideas

Planning a festive Fourth of July party? Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" with some great decorating tips for your holiday get-together.

Red, White and Blue

Make your garden and patio look patriotic for July 4th. Simple and inexpensive projects is what summer is all about. Just take Terra-Cotta pots and spray paint the red, white and blue in any design your heart desires. I like to do stars and stripes. Just take masking tape or painters tape and do the stripes and for the stars all you have to do is stick star shape decals to the pot. Last just spray paint the pot and when dry, remove tape and decals. Now for the final touch, plant with an assortment of red, white and blue flowers and foliage plants. Add a small flag or two and your are ready for a party. 

Party Central

Great projects for the kids. Make your Independence Day one to remember this year. Here are some fun projects that are sure to make your home festive and vibrant with American pride.

4th of July Festive Garland:

It's America's birthday, so let's celebrate with this super easy festive garland! This festive garland has a little "sparkle" by using Aluminum Foil! You will need Aluminum Foil, red tissue paper, blue construction paper, a button or bead, needle and thread. Cut lots of small to medium size squares using the Aluminum Foil, red tissue paper, and blue construction paper. After threading your needle, first add the button or bead and secure your knot. Then begin threading your squares alternating Aluminum Foil, red tissue paper, Aluminum Foil, blue construction paper, etc. You will need several squares to create a full and festive garland. This super easy garland will add "spunk and sparkle" to your 4th of July celebration!


Aluminum Foil
Red tissue paper
Blue construction paper
Button or bead
Needle and thread

4Th of July Candle Votives:

Your table is set, and it's time to add a bit of light to your 4Th of July table! Gather any size clear glass jars or vases. Next, use red and white striped and blue and white striped clotheslines (found at the dollar store) and wrap the clotheslines around the jars and vases. Secure your first piece with a dab of hot glue at the base of the jar and vase. Wrap the clotheslines around the jar and vase securing with hot glue periodically. Be creative...wrap one jar with all red and white, another vase with the blue and white clothesline, or mix them both together!


Clear glass jars and vases
Red and white and blue and white clothesline (found at the dollar store)
Hot glue gun/ hot glue

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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