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 mixed in silver too, to add some shine.

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.

Tutorial coming..

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..

But ——-

Ca – uuuuuute!!

Photo Garland Tutorial

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..

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Related Posts with Thumbnails


  1. Tardevil
    5 years ago

    I have to agree with you…It’s all good, but I have to say, that grandkid garland is the best thing about it.

  2. Melissa
    5 years ago

    Love it!! Especially those cuties!

  3. Jessy
    5 years ago

    I’m pretty sure you’re right…those are the cutest grandkids in the world!

  4. Sandy
    5 years ago

    Love the Burlap Garland….the rough texture with the shiny silver items!! Also LOVE…the Hydrangea ball, beautiful!! So are you sitting there admiring your decor?? I would be!! Enjoy!

  5. Linda @ it all started with paint
    5 years ago

    Loving the gran-kid garland … so cute!

  6. Jan
    5 years ago

    very nice look – looks homey and warm & yeah the garland is the bestest! Beautiful kids I say!

  7. cyndi
    5 years ago

    You’re RIGHT your grandkids ARE the cutest on earth….EXCEPT for mine , of course! ha! Your mantel looks great and I’m sure when the kids come to grammy’s house they will love seeing their picture as part of your decor. The warmth of your heart shines through in your blog and I love that. Hope you have wonderful, wonderful holidays!

  8. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    5 years ago

    Your mantel looks great, Sharyl! I hate flying anyway, so I’m glad you posted lots of pictures. : ) I noticed the grandchild garland right away and I LOVE it! I would do that but I only have the one right now and I don’t want her getting all 16-month-old-diva on me if I did 5-7 pictures of her on a garland. Love the flower balls you did. I’m be watching for that tutorial. They would be great to leave out all year, in a bowl or even one or two on their own.

  9. Kathy t
    5 years ago

    Sharyl, You rocked your mantel. I love the burlap and the tulle together-and of course the grandchildren garland is heartwarming. Thanks for sharing your mantel.

  10. Kathy
    5 years ago

    I really like your mantel-it’s beautiful. I love the grandkids garland-I have to disagree with ya though-I happen to have the cutest granddaughter!!

  11. Catherine
    5 years ago

    So pretty! For the cord issue you could get a set of the nifty new warm white LED string lights – mine are Phillips brand from Target – but sure that there are others as well. My mantel is 5′ across and the drape of the garland is 3′ on either side. It requires two strings – and 8 rechargeable double As (two power packs) but so worth it – and the string lights are inexpensive!

  12. kristin
    5 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I am in LOVE with your mantel! Everything about it is just perfection. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us at the party, so glad you did!
    Take care

  13. Brook @ BeingBrook
    5 years ago

    Love all the textures. The Grandchild garland is my favorite-so precious!

  14. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    5 years ago

    Love the Grandkid garland and the burned edges! Beautiful

  15. Dear Lillie
    5 years ago

    Your mantel looks beautiful! And I LOVE your garland of grandbabies!

  16. LisaCarey
    5 years ago

    I really… REALLY adore the grandchildren garland! That alone would make a fantastic Christmas gift with photo variances in the targeted gift recipient. Hmmmm…… That one is going in my back pocket!! Thanks Sharyl!

  17. Amy
    5 years ago

    I love your mantel with all of its great details. I especially love the photo garland. I am a sucker for pictures of my family.

  18. the cape on the corner
    5 years ago

    love that photo garland! great mantle!

  19. Erin of Salvaged Whimsy
    5 years ago

    Looks beautiful, especially love the garland.

  20. Carrie ~ The Corson Cottage
    5 years ago

    I love yoru mantel. It looks great! Your burlap sign is super cute. I would love for you to share this at our {Home for the Holidays} link party at The Corson Cottage every Friday in December.

  21. Beth
    5 years ago

    Love all the burlap and the old photos. So gorgeous!

  22. Tiffini
    5 years ago

    LOVE the whole thing!:)
    All of my favorite stuff
    and the garland…ADORABLE!
    Just keep is ok
    I have more on the way..grandbabies
    and they are precious. a joy and worth
    hanging on a mantel to be seen everyday of the season!

  23. Shari @
    5 years ago

    My favorite mantel display that I’ve seen so far! I’m a new follower and would love for you to stop by and check out my mantel – and everything else 😉

    The pictures are adorable!

  24. Leslie
    5 years ago

    Love the pictures of the kids. Such a pretty mantle.

  25. Laurel@chippingwithcharm
    5 years ago

    Lovely mantle…the photos of your cuties is my favorite part :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  26. Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    5 years ago

    Beautiful! I love your neutral color scheme and the family photos are just adorable! I love incorporating photos into our decor…we get a photo frame ornament every year to add to our tree. Nothing says Christmas like the reminder of the ones we love! Visiting via Beth’s party!

  27. Jennifer @ Town and Country Living
    5 years ago

    Found you at Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. LOVE your blog and am your newest follower. Love that photo garland too. So adorable! Squeal is right!