My carefully hoarded pink and purple candles were lost during the move. Last year it took two trips to find all four candles.
No time (or money) for that this month! What I did have on hand: lots of small glasses, assorted tissue and paper, tree trimmings, one white taper and lots of tea lights.
I crumpled the tissue and paper into balls to make it more translucent and workable. Then, I wet the paper slightly, so that it would eventually dry into the shape I wanted.
I twisted the paper around each short glass and turned it upside down to dry. (You could also tape a plain band of paper around each glass instead.)
No tissue? Check your rag bag or remnants for semi-sheer fabric or ribbon.
Don't bother making a shaped wreath. Instead, put a white candle in the center of a circular platter or plate. If you choose one with a deep lip, you can add water to keep the greenery from drying out.
Group the glasses around the white candle. I used what I had, which was a taper in a tall candlestick. Drop votives or tea lights into the glasses. Use caution when lighting.
Because the general shape is round, the finished product will have a wreath-like effect without any of the work. Use a mixture of greenery if you can get it. A few wisps of pine add airiness to fir or spruce branches.
Don't let lack of resources stop you from celebrating with your family. Use what you have, and you may be surprised at the beautiful result!