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June 12th, 2013 - Create an Outdoor Votive Chandelier

"Entertaining This Summer with Class"

WOW your guests this summer with the perfect summer party. It's all about decorations and doing something completely different than you have done before.

Outdoor Candle Votive Chandelier:

While entertaining al fresco, there is nothing like candlelight to set the mood! Why not create your own outdoor candle votive chandelier! This project is truly thinking outside the box and gives you the opportunity to go on the hunt for... bed-spring coils! Scout your local antique malls, flea markets, or even online to find 5 of these items. Then head over to your local big box store to find 5 12-inch Tree Branch Hooks (These hooks have an "S" shape with one end being larger than the other end.) At your big box store, you will also need 5 12-inch lengths of small width chain. You will also need a key chain ring. This ring will hold the lengths of chain together to hang the chandelier. You may already have 5 votive candle holders at home. If not, your local craft store will have these and don't forget 5 votive candles! Pick up a can of spray paint to paint the bed-spring coils and tree branch hooks if desired.

After spray painting the bed-spring coils and tree branch hooks, take the 5 Tree Branch Hooks and place one on top of the other until a "5 arm" chandelier look has been created. Be sure that the larger end of the hook is pointing farthest away from the center. As you stack each hook, hot glue one on top of the other. Once glued, wrap wire around the center of the chandelier to secure (Hot glue only sets this project in place). Next, place each bed-spring coil inside the larger part of the hook. Be sure to align the wide mouth of the bed-spring coil up with the curvature of the hook. Wire may be needed to secure. Hot glue candle votive to the bed-spring coils to where it sits inside the bed-spring coil. Attach 1 12-inch length of chain around each of the 5 hooks adjacent to the votive (outside edge.) Bring the 5 lengths of chain together at the top and attach to the key ring. Place your candles in the votive holders and hang from desired area! Light the candles and enjoy your new Outdoor Candle Votive Chandelier!


5 bed-spring coils
5 Tree Branch Hooks
5 votive candle holders
5 votive candles
Spray paint
Hot glue gun/ hot glue
5 12 inch lengths of chain
Key ring

Suspended Succulent Balls:

Suspending Succulent Balls indoors or outdoors makes for a fun and unique focal point. Whether decorating your home or an outdoor space, this project will spark conversation the next time you entertain. A variety of styrofoam balls of all sizes can be found at your local craft store. Purchase a variety of faux succulents. Arrange succulents around the styrofoam balls by first poking the stem into the styrofoam ball as well as hot gluing them for extra security. Take a small hook and poke through the styrofoam ball; hot glue this hook too. Suspend the Succulent Balls with wire, fishing line, or a fun colored ribbon.


Variety of styrofoam balls (all sizes)
Variety of faux succulents
Hot glue gun/ hot glue
Metal hook
Wire, fishing line, or fun colored ribbon

"Summer Celebration Salad"

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy a fresh produce salad of mixed and colorful delicious fruits. Slice in different sizes and angles an assortment of melons.

I like to use honey dews, watermelons, and cantaloupes. Some should be sliced and some in melon balls. Then in an elegant fashion, arrange the assortment and garnish with fresh sprigs of mint. Add some yogurt for a more filling meal.

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

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