This year I chose my fireplace mantle. Below is a photo of how sad it looked after removing the Christmas decorations.
After going through a variety of my thrifty finds I came up with the arrangement below. The great thing about the arrangement, besides already having all of the items, was that all of these items were found at thrift stores, garage sales, clearance racks, or given to me. So the total cost of this arrangement is only around $10!
My goal for this year is to create an art piece to add to the mantle, but for now I like how it turned out.