Hazelnuts glued together (using a lit to get an even circle) The result is a christmastree-ornament in the form of a wreath! ~I~ You could use chestnuts - and instead of glue - use needle and sisal-string.
The Fjord horse is one of the world's oldest and purest breeds. Horses were known to exist in Norway at the end of the last ice age. It is believed that the ancestors of the modern Fjord horse migrated to Norway and were domesticated over years ago.
But if the rustic box isn't your style? A wicker basket. A silver tray with lower sides. A glass bowl with moss up the sides to obscure the "mechanics" of the arrangement. A decorative ceramic serving dish. I love the subdued green and white look.