So, as I placed the festive red tree on the mantle and plugged it in, I realized there was a whole lot of blank space up there now. And I realized I had no energy or desire to run out and buy "the perfect decorations" to fill those big empty spaces.
As I contemplated this dilemma, I happened to glance outside and spotted the overgrown winterberry bushes I've been meaning to prune. Then, I remembered the vases left over from past Valentine's Days... and VOILA! We now have a lovely mantle, and the winterberry bushes are all pruned for next year.
In the closer photo, you can see some small red ornaments in the base of the vase. We had a small box of old little red ball ornaments with no hangers for them, so I just put them in the vases for extra color.
You probably have some old vases lying around. I hope this gives you some ideas for inexpensive holiday decorations you can make using them!