The old-fashioned Christmas is back

Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:42 AM.

"In years past, you didn't use them together, but now, it is being done," he said.

When making ribbons for wreaths, be sure to use wired ribbon, hot glue, and metallic paint to spruce up a plain wreath.

Also out is the use of large centerpieces on a dining table. Smaller is better, he said, as he showed how to make plain cubes festive for the holiday table. The cubes can be reused after the holidays, which is making them popular during hard financial times.

The use of nature and natural items such as leaves in decorating is another cost saver that is totally acceptable and in vogue.

Barley gave advice to those who might get overwhelmed with the choices in a craft store.

"Every arrangement needs a focal point. Decide what you want that focal point to be — whether it's your favorite blue vase or whatever — and work a theme. Start adding things, then stand back and look at it, and build from there," he said. "But don't add so much that it takes away from the focal point."

One thing not to add is silk flowers, which were big in the ’80s, but not now.



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