A Pop of Holiday Spirit with Kawahara Poinsettias

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Over the years, the poinsettia has become as intertwined with the holidays as Christmas elves and chestnuts roasting on an open fire. There’s just something magical about these flowers that really warm your heart and say it’s Christmas time. And with the weather turning gray and cold, the poinsettia’s blossom is a refreshing pop of color. From deep reds to light pinks, this beautiful flower is everyone’s holiday favorite. But, have you ever wondered where the lovely poinsettias you buy in the store come from?

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The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List

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Nothing feels better than giving a loved one the perfect gift. Spark a smile this holiday season with any of the six gift baskets we’ve created to make your holiday shopping that much easier, or use them as inspiration and create your own.

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    Chef'n Mini Magnetic PepperBall & SaltBall Set
    hef'n Mini Magnetic PepperBall & SaltBall Set
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    12-IN Color Works Silicone Cook Spoon - Red
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    11-IN Color Works Silicone Large Spatula - Red
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    Rabbit Wine Pourer with Rubber Stopper
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    Table De Paris Beverage Napkins
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    Mud Pie Circa Dip Set
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    Small Galvanized Planter
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    Ball & McCormick Salsa Mix
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    Ball & McCormick Pickle Mix
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    Recipes from a Kitchen Garden Cookbook
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    Mini 4-in-1 Soil Tester
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    Orchard 7-IN Bypass Pruner
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    Orchard Stainless Steel Wool Hand Transplanter
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    Laura Ashley Hat - Kimono
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    Laura Ashley All-Weather Garden Gloves - Daisy
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    Laura Ashley Garden Bag - Daisy
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    0.14-L Really Useful Box 6-CT
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    12-OZ Krylon Stained Glass Spray Paint - Cranberry Red
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    4-OZ Krylon Spray Glitter - Glistening Gold
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    Krylon Short Cuts Paint Pen - Chrome
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    Krylon Short Cuts Paint Pen - Gloss White
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    Krylon Short Cuts Paint Pen - Gloss Black
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    3-OZ Krylon Short Cuts Spray Paint - Leaf Green
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    1-OZ Krylon Short Cuts Brush on Paint - Ocean Blue
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    Aleene's Tacky Glue Pens 2-PK
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    4-PC General Purpose Artist Brush Set
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    9-L Really Useful Box Clear
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    Surebonder High Temp Full Size Glue Gun
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    Elmer's Craftbond Spray Adhesive
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    12-OZ Krylon Sea Glass Spray Paint - Sea Foam
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    20-YD Scotch Expressions Masking Tape - Chalkboard
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    Chalkboard Fancy Stickers 6-CT
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    Chalkboard Tags and Twine
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    Fiskars Folding Traveling Scissors (TSA Compliant!)
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    10-YD Scotch Duct Tape - Dottie
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    Washi Glitter Tape - Gold
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    Traeger'Que BBQ Sauce
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    Traeger Bamboo Cutting Board
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    Mission Grill Company Stainless Steel Bacon Grilling Rack​​​​
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    Mission Grill Company Deluxe Spatula Tongs
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    Mission Grill Company Reversible Rib and Roast Rack
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    Mission Grill Company Cast Iron Basting Set
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    Wildwood Grilling Cedar Grill Plank 2-PK
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    Flambeau Tote with Drawer
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    Zircon StudSensor SL
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    WD-40 8-OZ Lubricant with Smart Straw
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    6-IN Crescent Adjustable Wrench
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    25-FT Stanley LeverLock Measuring Tape
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    DEWALT® 6-IN Magnetic Drive Guide
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    Craftsman 22-PC Impact Drill and Driver Set
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    Johnson Powerful GripTight 9-IN Torpedo Level
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    Klein Tools 5-in-1 Screwdriver/Nut Driver
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    Vaughan Straight Claw Double Duty 10-OZ Rip Hammer
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    64-OZ Brilliant Finish Car Wash
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    Wash Boss Bucket Organizer
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    Detailer's Choice Microfiber 11-PC Car Wash in a Box
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    Enviroscent Autostyx Airfresh 2-PC
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    23-OZ Rain-X Glass Cleaner
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    23-OZ Black Magic No Scrub Wheel Cleaner
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    Rubbermaid Pop Up Trash Can
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    22-OZ Griot's Garage Interior Detailer
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    5-GAL Orchard Heavy Duty White Bucket
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Nothing feels better than giving a loved one the perfect gift. Spark a smile this holiday season with any of the six gift baskets we’ve created to make your holiday shopping that much easier, or use them as inspiration and create your own.  

Craft a Hardware Snowman Ornament

All it takes is a little imagination to turn a few nuts and screws into a festive Christmas tree ornament. Read on for the steps and what you’ll need to make this fun little snowman ornament.

What you'll need:

  • Loctite Super Glue Gel
  • 7/16 Washer Cap Push Nut
  • 6-32x1/2 Combo Round Machine Screws (2)
  • 5/16-18 Coarse Finished Hex Nut
  • 3/8-16 Coarse Finished Hex Nut
  • 7/16-14 Coarse Finished Hex Nut
  • Optional: String


Instructions

  1. Glue the mid-sized nut to the top of the largest nut using the Loctite glue, then let dry for 60 seconds. 
  2. Glue the smallest nut to the top of the mid-sized nut. 
  3. Glue the nut cap to the top of the smallest nut. 
  4. Glue the flat side of the screw to the medium size nut so it looks like an arm. Let dry. 
  5. Repeat with other screw to create the other arm. 
  6. Attach the optional string to the "hat" by threading through the holes in the nut cap. 


And there you have it! Your own hardware snowman ornament. These little guys are perfect to hang from your own tree, give as gifts or tie onto a present as the finishing touch.

·      Loctite 60-Second Glue

·      6-32x1/2 Combo Round Machine Screws (2)

·      5/16-18 Coarse Finished Hex Nut

·      3/8-16 Coarse Finished Hex Nuts

·      7/16-14 Coarse Finished Hex Nuts

·      Optional: Red String

All it takes is a little imagination to turn a few nuts and screws into a festive Christmas tree ornament. Read on for the steps and what you’ll need to make this fun little snowman ornament. 

Detangling Holiday Light Hanging

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The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be full of questions when it comes to lighting. How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree? Do you need any special equipment to hang lights on your house? How many extension cords do you really need?

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Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):

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Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree.

Finally, plug your lights in (to check if all the bulbs are working and see how they look as

you go) and make sure the plug reaches a power strip near the base of your tree. 

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork!

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Move Outside

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

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Once you’ve decided on your theme, it’s time to gather those lights and hang ‘em. Don’t forget to stock up on replacement bulbs and fuses, as it’s common for a few lights to go out or break along the way. Grab your ladder and Command™ Outdoor Light Clips and get hanging. (Speaking of light clips – these babies allow you to string lights around a door, window or anywhere really without nails or screws. In other words, they leave no holes or marks – perfect for apartment dwellers!)

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Now you know the basics of holiday lighting, with a few extra tips along the way. And remember, don’t hesitate to get creative. Orchard has a ton of holiday lights and decorations that will let your artistic side shine bright. Still have questions? Stop by your neighborhood Orchard, we’re happy to help.

Once you’ve got your décor set up indoors, it’s time to tackle the outside of your house. First, decide if you’re sticking with the same theme or if you want to change it up outside. Sticking with the same theme is simpler, but changing it up can be more fun….decisions, decisions.

According to our lighting tree experts, simply start at the bottom and string your lights around and through your tree in a random fashion, placing some lights deeper into the tree and come closer to create depth. If your lights aren’t cooperating, you can always use little green zip ties around the cord and branch to hold it in place. Once you’ve finished, take a step back and look at your tree through squinted eyes. Do you see anywhere that isn’t as bright? This is a good test to check for any bare spots. If you do, adjust as needed then sit back and enjoy your handiwork! 

Start Inside

Of course the magic all starts with the perfect Christmas tree. If you need a hand in that department, visit our Holiday Tree Wonderland at your neighborhood Orchard. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect tree. Once you’ve got that covered, it’s time for lights, right? Hold on, first you have to choose a holiday theme!

 

Your theme will give your decorating direction and can help you create a cohesive look – you know, if that’s what you’re going for. Are you more traditional? Eclectic? Or maybe a little eccentric even? There’s no wrong answer. And if you need ideas, check out our five themes here.

Okay, now it’s time for lights. Here’s our recommendation for how many lights you need based on the size of your tree (keep in mind the amount of lights can vary by box):