MAKE IT LAST

Country Sampler - - Thrify Thinking -

Cre­ate a cen­ter­piece that needs lit­tle main­te­nance to re­main lovely through­out the hol­i­days by fol­low­ing these sug­ges­tions:

USE FAUX EV­ER­GREENS.

These ev­er­last­ing greens come in many sizes and va­ri­eties, but, un­like their fresh coun­ter­parts, they will not dry and fade and can be in­cor­po­rated into new ar­range­ments next year.

DE­PEND ON DRIED ITEMS.

Add tex­ture to your cen­ter­piece with pre­served nuts, pods and fruits. Gather nuts or pinecones out­doors, or pick some up at the gro­cery store. Keep them in a cool, dry place and re­use from year to year.

ADD AN AP­PEAL­ING AROMA.

Spice up your de­sign with cin­na­mon sticks, cloves and all­spice berries, or spritz pinecones with cin­na­mon or pep­per­mint oil. These fra­grant ad­di­tions will lend your home a Christ­massy aroma.

MAKE IT MOV­ABLE.

Fashion your cen­ter­piece around a con­tainer that is easy to move so it can be used in mul­ti­ple places through­out the sea­son.

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