You don't always have to spend a lot to make a new primitive or country arrangement. Look around your home for unused items to use as accents. Then, only buy what you really need. Try these hints---
- Don't buy floral foam if wadded newspaper will do.
- Fill space in a large container with paper or small boxes, cover with spanish moss or excelsior and then add your accents.
- Country kitchen arrangements can be assembled using wooden spoons, wire whisks, graters, colanders and other common utensils.
- Enamelware pots, pans and cans make great arrangement bases.
- Form rusty wire into star, heart and bird shapes to use as accent picks. Remember to start with or leave a length of wire as a stem.
- To make a candle stand up in a deep container, place a paper towel or piece of newspaper in the bottom. Then, add a clean can upside down. Put a candle plate on top of the can and fill around them. Make sure that the can is at least as wide as your candle for stability.
- To prevent an arrangement from becoming top-heavy and falling over, add weight in the base. Tuck metal washers, nuts, other spare hardware or even pebbles into filler material.
Candles and tart warmers are a wonderful way to add country charm to your home. Use our ideas to spread warmth and scent while stretching your decorating dollar---
- To remove wax from tart warmers, allow the wax to cool enough to make an impression in it with a metal spoon. Take the top off the tart warmer and place it in the freezer until it is completely cool and very firm. Reinsert the metal spoon in the dent that you made earlier and pop the wax out. Wrap it in plastic and a plastic bag. Store it in a cool, dark place.
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