Make "village" buildings out of cardboard/modge podge then paint. use flameless candles or lights inside then real candles (in votives) outside of the buildings! Terrific idea for a holiday mantel display!
Lanterns have such a cool antique and rustic look; and, now you can have the convenience of an electric lamp with the aesthetic of a lantern. This Rustic DIY Lantern Lamp has modern electric hook-ups while still keeping its old-time charm.