Getting ready for Mardi Gras with Chris Olsen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to share his ideas to get ready for Mardi Gras.

Celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Wreath:

When you see the colors purple, green, and gold, you know Mardi Gras is fast approaching, so let's get into the spirit and create a Mardi Gras wreath! Using a wire wreath form, sporadically tie 6 inch pieces of purple, green, and gold ribbon around the wire wreath form until the entire form is covered. Be sure to use shiny, metallic mesh ribbon for that classic Mardi Gras look! For an extra punch of color and dimension, add sparkly "pick accents" found at your local craft store. Once the wreath is complete, place on your front door and enjoy!


- Wire wreath form
- Metallic mesh ribbon (purple, green, gold)
- Sparkly pick accents

Mardi Gras Centerpiece:

This is a great time of year to throw a Mardi Gras party, and the centerpieces can be simple yet colorful! Take a clear glass vase and tie sparkly mesh ribbon using purple, green, and gold around the vase. Fill the clear glass vase with fresh flowers with the traditional Mardis Gras colors in mind. Add accents with lots of sparkle to the arrangement as well! Be sure to accentuate the table with lots of plastic, colorful beads! Happy Mardi Gras!


- Clear glass vase
- Metallic mesh ribbon (purple, green, gold)
- Fresh flowers
- Accents with sparkle
- Plastic beads

Seed-Starting Helpers

After making lots of fresh-squeezed juice, I reuse my citrus halves as pots for seedlings. Just scoop out all of the remaining pulp and let the halves dry for a few days in a dark dry spot. A few days later, just fill them with potting mix and plant with fast growing seeds like sweet peas. No need to poke holes in the bottom of the rinds since the dry skin of the peel absorbs the moisture. I like to place my potted rinds in cupcake pans.


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