Glass ball Wreath is another fantastic idea that I saw at Nanny Goat and there's a tutorial on this Eddie Ross.
Creating my own Christmas Village gives me warm fuzzy feelings inside. I found one reasonable looking village from Marth Stewart. It's not what it looks like but what it has the potential to be. Printout templates are available.
Another idea that I came up with was spray painting pine cones with metallic paint. It would eventually look something like this only better because the pine cones would be natural.