When we bought the new house I got a lovely new double mantle to decorate! Trouble is, I don’t already own anything appropriate for decorating it. And I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on “mantle decorations”
So I kept my eyes open for a few weeks. Finally I found the following items at the dollar store: 2 glass vases, 2 glass “bowls”, 2 candles and 2 bags of rocks. Total: $8 plus tax.
On the other side I put the vase/rock combo by itself, and I bought a small bunch of curly willow stick things (sorry, don’t know the official name) and stuck them in there on the other side. No picture of that right now. I did wind up swapping out the pretty maroon candles for some pale pink ones. The maroon had too strong of a floral scent.
For an Easter Variation, I poured out all the rocks, then re-assembled them with easter grass and easter eggs (Styrofoam) on the bottom and just grass and candles on the top. This cost me nothing because I had all of that in my Easter decorations box.
I like that I can vary the contents of these “candles” with the season. They aren’t my perfect final solution, but they dress it up and give me a chance to shop around in a leisurely fashion for something “perfect”.