A few basic supplies -- white pillar candles, glass vases and vase filler, and a framed mirror or tray -- can form the basis for splendid table displays throughout the year. Trim the vases with a ribbon wrapper and seasonal decorative items. Collect the arrangement on a tray to set off and define the decorative space. When you use a framed mirror as a tray, it adds sparkle, and the reflections double the presence of your decorations.
Wrap a 3-inch wide burlap or fabric strip around a cylindrical glass vase, overlapping the ends by about one-half inch. Secure with small dots of hot glue. Wrap a narrow ribbon or twine around the vase, centering it on the fabric strip and joining the ends where the fabric ends overlap, then glue. Hot-glue an artificial floral decoration to the vase, covering the area where the fabric strips join. For example, use artificial flowers for spring, a seashell or sand dollar for summer, colorful leaves for autumn or a holly or pine sprig for winter.
Set a pillar candle in the bottom of the vase. Pour sand or other vase filler around the candle to a height of about one-third of the vase. Pack the filler so that it keeps the candle upright.
Lay the mirror or tray flat in the center of the table. Arrange multiple decorated vases containing filler and a candle on the tray. For example, place one large vase and candle in the center of the tray and two smaller vases on either side of it, parallel to the long axis of the table. Place additional seasonal decorations on the tray around the candles.