Pencil Candles in a Bucket of Sand. Fill a galvanized tub with sand, slide in a handful of candles, don with a festive ribbon, and you have an instant centerpiece; perfect for a Christmas table. I could change the colour for other celebrations.
Print out the 24 days for December on a large sheet, cut out and glue them on a regular scented candles in a glass and had out as advent candles end of November. They can cross day by day the closer Christmas approaches!