They were quite dusty and looked like they were trying too hard to mimic tree bark. I quickly realized that all they needed was a coat of gold paint to make them perfectly festive and wouldn't you know it, I had a can of gold spray paint on hand for emergencies such as these.
I only had 2 large candles so I decided to create a mini Christmas snow cone using tiny trees (from an old miniature Christmas village display) and a mason jar. It's a bit weird but I like weird.
You could recreate this look very easily with some tree bark and glass vases. Find some tree bark that has fallen naturally on the ground and cut it so that it's the same diameter as your vase. You could trim the excess to make the edges clean or leave it a bit rugged. Staple the two ends together and give it a coat of gold spray paint (if you want to paint it in the first place) and then slide it over your vase or glass votive.
To add more Holiday cheer to my entryway, I filled a bowl with colourful ornaments (also from Value Village) and some pine cones I got at the market.
Another easy way to add festive cheer to a room - albeit subtly - is to frame old Holiday cards and add them to the mix of other non-Holiday frames. I love this card that I purchased last year from Rifle Paper Co.