Homespun Christmas Mantel
Yay! Christmas has finally come to The Little Brown House!
I am so excited to show you my mantel – I will be posting tutorials
for some of the things I made it at a later time, I promise
Right now I am just so glad to be done with some thing!
Tree pictures coming soon too!
And please let me apoligize upfront for the plethora of pictures.. I thought about flying all of
you here to see it in person, but it just seemed cheaper to inundate you with photo’s..
Ok – lets get started!
Here is a full shot to start out with.
Oh how I hate the electrical cord hanging down the side… I will be fixing that.
I had decided to go with a combination of rustic and homemade things this year.
I started with a base of burlap. I love to combine rough texture with things that are more
soft, so I made a garland with burlap and tulle. I used it as the base for the mantel,
and it is also all around my Christmas tree. I didn’t even finish the burlap edges.
For some reason I love the unraveled look…. reminds me of myself this time of year..
After the burlap garland, I put a string of lights and some greenery.
I really wanted to use fresh greens, but decided I would rather have them look fresh longer..
I added pine cones and some little painted jingle bells.
I made the flower ball/topiary’s by hot-gluing silk hydranga blossoms to styrofoam balls.
I absolutely love the way they came out, I plan on using these in my decor year round.
And there are so many options of what kinds and colors of flowers you could use.
I got this vinyl christmas subway art last year and didn’t use it.
I decided it would look so cute on this burlap stretched board, and it does!
You are going to kill me, but I can’t remember who I ordered the vinyl from..
I thought it was Leen the Graphics Queen, but I didn’t see it on her website.
Maybe someone will recognize it and we can get an answer to make up for my forgetfulness!
For the record, the letters did not stick well, due to the porousness of the burlap.
(I may have just made up a word there!)
I put a piece of cardstock on the back of it
that I had put spray adhesive on. Hopefully that will take care of the problem.
I love it though, and it does fine just hanging on the wall.
I still love my ceiling medallion hanging over the fireplace.
I wanted to make it work with the “burlap” theme. So I covered a styrofoam wreath
with burlap and a little tulle, and then pinned some little “coffee filter fluff” to it, along with one wooden flower.
I am thinking I may make myself a matching Christmas dress… I think the coffee filters
would hold up well as long as I don’t sit down…or get wet.
And now – my favorite part of the whole mantel..
The grandchild garland..
Isn’t it just about the most adorable thing ever???
Sorry – I know I get carried away..
Ca – uuuuuute!!
This tutorial will be coming soon too – I got the idea from the blog Dear Lillie–
It just makes my heart melt to see these guys – they are the cutest grandkids on earth you know..
Don’t even bother arguing with me, you can’t talk me out of it..
Thanks for lasting through the whole post!
I hope your Christmas season is going well – it seems like it goes by so fast –
I pray you take some time to remember the things that really hold meaning
Like that little garland up there – they are the treasures of my heart..