Designer Classes

2019 Spring Design Classes 

Welcome! We invite you to join us for our Spring semester of design classes. We are proud to offer you expert instruction, a fun learning environment, and the best value in town for your money. 

Our instructors strive to bring you varied designs, new and innovative creations, and basic techniques to equip you to have confidence to design with ease. If you have any questions regarding a class, please feel free to contact Vicki Lowe at our Bossier City location. 

For the 2018 semester of classes we will be offering several classes at different times during the week; some in the evening, some at night during the week and even a few special classes that involve bringing your children along! Also new for 2018, we will no longer be offering classes at our Texarkana location and our Longview location will have a separate schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. 

Thank you for spending your time with us and trusting your floral needs to Ellis.

 

Vicki Lowe; Coordinator Class Instructor/Floral Design Manager

Bossier City Location: 318-747-2985

1150 Airline Dr. Bossier City, LA 71112

 

Gayla Griffin/Susan Braddock; Floral Designers

Longview Location: 903-663-9111

3110 North Eastman Rd. Longview, TX 75605

 

Information:

            Price:  Prices are listed with each class description-all materials are included in price.

            Class Size:  Size will vary by store location

            Registration/Payment:  Please sign up at the Service Desk and full payment is required to reserve

             your place in the class at the time of registration.

Tools Needed:  You must bring one pair of 7” Diagonal Wire Cutters; these can be purchased at Sears, Lowes, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Hardware Stores, or Harbor Freight. Do not bring needle nose pliers, Regular pliers, or small wire cutters-they will not cut through floral stems. You will also need one pair of scissors, one knife to cut through Styrofoam(larger than a pairing knife, but smaller than a butcher knife). Ellis Home & Garden does not provide tools for customers to use during the classes.

Time:  Please be on time for the scheduled class; arrive early to have first choice of seating!!!

 

Cancellations:

Seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Since the demand is high for these classes, if you cancel your reservation or fail to be present, you automatically forfeit one-half the cost of the class. Since this is a special savings with class participation only, you also forfeit all items provided by Ellis Home & Garden. There will be no exceptions. 

Additionally, we ask that you do not bring children under the age of 12 due to the use of hot glue skillets; unless otherwise noted that children are allowed to attend the class.

Please silence cell phones during the class. 

 

March 2019

 

Saturday March 16th - No classes

Spring Open House in All Stores

Come visit all 5 store locations for great Spring ideas for decoration and for great values!

 

Saturday, March 23rd:  “Easter Bunny & Friends Grapevine Wreath”

Class Hours:   10am -1pm         Cost:            $50

You will take a 24” oval grapevine wreath and to create the cutest Easter design. You will place a cute Bunny Head on your wreath and then you will add Easter accents in the form of Easter Stems, Eggs, Greenery and Florals to complete the look. Your finished product will be an adorable door hanging that will make quite the impact, even from the street. Bring wire cutters and scissors. 

 

Saturday, March 23rd:   “Easter Bunny Centerpiece”  

Class Hours:   1pm-4pm         Cost:            $50

In this class you will create a companion centerpiece to accompany the Easter Bunny & Friends Grapevine Wreath mentioned above. Your centerpiece will have a slightly different bunny, but the finished product will coordinate nicely. You will use a sitting fluffy white bunny to create your centerpiece around. You will place him in a white round container with Spring florals and Easter accents all around. Bring wire cutters and scissors and a knife to cut the Styrofoam.  Note: You do not need to take the Easter Grapevine Wreath class; you can take either or if you choose.

 

Saturday, March 30th: “Formal Spring Grapevine Wreath”     Popular Class!!

Class Hours:   10am-1pm        Cost:            $60

This is our formal Spring Door Wreath sensation! In this class you will create a formal, classic wreath for the Spring season. You will begin with an elongated crescent shaped wreath with a myriad of Spring colors and varying types of greenery. Your final product will be a very beautiful wreath to welcome friends and family for the Spring season. Bring wire cutters and scissors.  No bow will be required. 

 

Saturday, March 30th:  “Mixed Greenery Spring Coco Hanging Basket”    

Class Hours:   1pm-4pm       Cost:            $50

In this class you will create a Coco Lined Hanging Basket filled with lush Artificial Mixed Greenery. You will use a large coco lined hanging basket and will fill it with luscious greenery in assorted styles. In the end, you will have created a beautiful focal point greenery basket for your porch, patio, kitchen or even an entry way. Bring wire cutters, a knife and scissors.

April 2019

 

Saturday, April 6th:   “Landscaper/Gardening Seminar & Planting”    

Class Hours:   10am-1pm       Cost:            $50

This will be a garden seminar and planting class hosted by our store manager, Tony Thornton. He will provide knowledge of plants, soils, planting conditions, and landscaping techniques for the beginning gardener, as well as for the more experienced ones. After the seminar you will be able to choose a container and a mix of plants to create a mixed European pot. The seminar portion will be held in our classroom and the hands-on planting will be held in our Garden Center. Bring yard gloves if you wish.

 

Saturday, April 13th:   “Southern Classic Fleur de Lis Grapevine Wreath”   NEW CLASS!!

Class Hours:   10am-1pm       Cost:            $60

In this class you will create a classic southern grapevine wreath that will be perfect for any area of your home or to use on your front door all year long. You will be provided with a 24” Oval Grapevine Wreath and 2 metal Fleur de Lis’ that you will attach to the wreath. You will also be provided with a bow that will be tied for you using our popular Fleur de Lis ribbon. In addition to the bow, there will be neutral stems, cotton stems and greenery that will be chosen for you. To add your own unique flair, you will choose stems to accent the wreath in any color you prefer. In the end, you will have a unique one of a kind wreath that is very Southern and Classic. Bring wire cutters and scissors to the class.

 

Saturday, April 13th:   “Ribbon Class–Bow Tying for Beginners”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm           Cost:    $25

You will learn how to tie bows by hand.  Previous knowledge of bow tying is not required.  You will learn how to tie one, three, five, and seven loop bows.  You will practice on cotton, grosgrain, satin and other types of material.  You will also practice with different widths of wired and unwired ribbon.  You will keep all of your practice ribbon.  At the end of the class, you will get to choose one roll of ribbon for $10 or less to make a large bow.  You will never have to pay another labor charge, because now you can tie beautiful bows yourself!  Bring one pair of scissors.

 

Saturday, April 20th “Create Your Own Wreath”     

Class Hours:    10am-1pm            Cost:     $60

You are the designer and you will make whatever grapevine wreath you want.  The sky is the limit!  Before you come to class decide where you will put your wreath. What size do you want in grapevine?  Do you want round or oval?  Then decide what theme you want.  What colors do you want?  What flowers do you want?  All these things you will decide before you come to class.  Then you will have the entire store from which to shop.  This will be your own personal creation – one of a kind, unique – one that you will be proud of and enjoy. Bring wire cutters and scissors.

 

Saturday, April 20th:   “Create Your Own Centerpiece”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm               Cost:    $60

In this class you are the Designer, you will create just what you want to place wherever you wish. This could be for the dining table, entry way, bathroom, church alter, etc. You will select your container first from our store or you may bring a container from home. The money not spent on a container can be spent towards your flowers. Before you come, decide where you will place this beauty. Then decide the style you wish to design; round, flat back, etc. Also decide on how tall or wide the centerpiece will need to be. Finally you will need to decide on your color scheme and the types of florals, accent pieces and greeneries you wish to use. Your design will be a one-of-a-kind creation that is uniquely yours. Bring a knife, wire cutters and scissors to the class.

 

Saturday, April 27th:   “Southern Belle Magnolia and Cotton Grapevine Wreath”

Class Hours:    10am-1pm              Cost:    $50

This Southern Belle will transport you back to a time when the world moved a little bit slower and that Southern drawl was as thick as the Louisiana humidity. In this class you will create a perfectly charming southern wreath using a 24” oval grapevine on which you will attach cream colored Magnolias and white Cotton stems followed by greenery to use as a filler. You will be provided with a Burlap Bow that will be tied for you. You will then choose accent pieces to finish the wreath.  Bring wire cutters and scissors to the class. 

 

Saturday, April 27th:  “Magnolia Centerpiece”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm              Cost:    $50

In this class you will create a companion piece to the Magnolia and Cotton Wreath listed above. You are not required to sign up for both classes; you are welcome to take either or if you wish. You will be using materials similar to what is listed for the wreath with the only exception being that you will be creating a centerpiece. This will be a four-sided centerpiece. Please bring a knife, wire cutters and scissors to the class.

 

May 2019

 

Saturday, May 4th:   “Mother’s Day Gift Extravaganza”

Class Hours:    10am-1pm          Cost:    $100

This class is our very popular, once a year treat. What will you give your Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother or Special Friend for Mother’s Day? During this class you will create whatever you want to make. You can choose from a Wreath, a Centerpiece, a Plant Combo Basket, a Gift Basket, a Decorative Picture Frame, or a Bereavement Tribute with a Cemetery Cone or Saddle. You will have a $200 value to use towards the item that you wish to create. The sky is the limit in the store – anything you want to create!! You will need to answer two questions; what will you create & who will you honor with your gift?? Happy Mother’s Day!! Bring a knife, wire cutters, and scissors to the class.

 

Saturday, May 4th:   “Ribbon Class–Bow Tying for Beginners”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm           Cost:    $25

You will learn how to tie bows by hand.  Previous knowledge of bow tying is not required.  You will learn how to tie one, three, five, and seven loop bows.  You will practice on cotton, grosgrain, satin and other types of material.  You will also practice with different widths of wired and unwired ribbon.  You will keep all of your practice ribbon.  At the end of the class, you will get to choose one roll of ribbon for $10 or less to make a large bow.  You will never have to pay another labor charge, because now you can tie beautiful bows yourself!  Bring one pair of scissors.

 

Saturday, May 11th:   “Memorial Tribute Cemetery Piece – Saddle or Vase Insert”

Class Hours:    10am-1pm         Cost:    $50

In this class you will create a beautiful piece to honor a loved one.  This class is a memorial tribute piece to be used at the cemetery to attach in the form of a “cradle” or saddle to be placed on the top of the monument or make one to go inside the attached vase on the marker.  The choice is yours and you will be instructed on the mechanics of preparing each one. You will choose your bush plants, colors and flowers, form our wide selection in our Floral Department. Bring wire cutters and scissors to the class. 

 

Saturday, May 11th:   “Formal Dining Room Table Centerpiece” Popular Class!!

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm         Cost:    $75

In this class you will create a centerpiece that any Dining Table would love; very formal, very elegant and very classic!! You will create this arrangement using our Decorative Square Metal Tray with handles and feet. You will build your arrangement using pre-selected neutral floral stems and greenery. Then you will choose accent florals, in the color of your choice, from our wide selection to complete the arrangement. In the end, this will be a fairly large piece that will be the focal point in the room. Bring a knife, wire cutters, and scissors.

 

Saturday, May 18th:   “Hydrangea & Maidenhair Fern Heirloom Grapevine Wreath”

Class Hours:    10am-1pm           Cost:    $60

New to our class selection this year, this Spring Wreath will be a perfect addition to any area in your home. You will use a 24” oval grapevine wreath as the base and attach luscious cream Hydrangeas. It will be accented by Maidenhair Fern and accent florals in the colors of your choice. To finish off the wreath you will be provided with a Burlap Bow that has been tied for you. Bring wire cutters and scissors to the class.

 

Saturday, May 18th:   “Hydrangea & Maidenhair Fern Heirloom Centerpiece”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm           Cost:    $50

In this class you will create a companion centerpiece that will coordinate with the wreath listed above. You will choose a container for a selection of containers for your centerpiece and then you will use similar materials as the ones listed above to create your design. Bring a knife, scissors and wire cutters to the class.

 

Saturday, May 25th:   “Grapevine Wreath:  Classic White with Greenery”

Class Hours:    10am-1pm           Cost:    $50

You can’t go wrong with this classic beauty – florals in shades of white and cream accented by assorted greenery will create a stunning Grapevine Wreath. This design will lend you the freedom to customize it further at a later date; add in any color of florals later on and you have a completely different wreath. Bring scissors and wire cutters to the class.

 

Saturday, May 25th:   “Advanced Bow Tying”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm           Cost:    $35

YOU MUST KNOW HOW TO TIE A BOW BEFORE YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS!! The basic mechanics of bow tying will not be taught in this class. In this class, you will tie a stacked, overlaid and pull-apart bow. You will use several ribbons in one bow. At the end of the class you will choose one roll of ribbon to tie one bow. Then you will select florals and filler to place within the loops to design a floral bow centerpiece. Bring wire cutters and scissors.


June 2019 

Saturday, June 1st:   “Summer Fling Wreath”

Class Hours:    10am-1pm           Cost:    $45

In this class you will be using HOT colors, Flip Flops, Bumble Bees, Lady Bugs, Flags and more; along with Summer Greeneries to create a fun, festive Summertime Wreath perfect for welcoming summer! This will be a fun wreath to last all summer long; hang this beauty on your front door, around your pool or patio area or even inside your home! Bring wire cutters & scissors to the class.

 

Saturday, June 1st:   “Summer Fling Centerpiece”

Class Hours:    1pm-4pm           Cost:    $50

In this class you will be using the same HOT colors, Flip Flops, Bumble Bees, Lady Bugs, Flags and more; along with Summer Greeneries to create a companion piece to the Wreath above. You will transform a large clay pot into a summertime accent piece perfect for welcoming summer! This will be a fun addition to your entryway, porch, pool area or patio! Bring wire cutters, a knife, & scissors to the class. 

 

Saturday, June 8th:  “Tell the Designer What You Want!”

Class Hours:   10am-1pm         Cost: $60 

In this class we are completely changing up our traditional Designer Class! In this class you will be telling the Designer what you want to create! Your idea for this is what we want! Very unique and different from anything else we have ever offered!! We hope that you will join us. Bring wire cutters, a knife, & scissors to the class. 

 

Thank You So Much for Choosing Ellis!!

Enjoy your Summer!  Thank you so much for spending your time with us this Spring.  We appreciate your business and have enjoyed teaching you floral design. We look forward to seeing you for our Gorgeous Fall and Christmas Classes beginning in September.  Happy Decorating!!