Invest in some wine and save the corks! Take 5 of the same size & hot glue vertically. Take rafetta ribbon & wrap around corks for color then stick a metal picture/paper holder in the middle cork. Put name tags, menu items, or other creative identifiers.
Beautiful center pieces or just around the house- rocks, flower of your choice (maybe string it to a rock by the stem so it doesn't float) in a vase, fill with water, add small candle and voila-on the mantle?