Christmas Mantel 2012
Welcome to December!
I decided to spend the 1st day of December putting together my Christmas Mantel.
It is very simple and completely repurposed from what I already had.
Simple and repurposed has been a theme for me this entire year..
I am going into this holiday season with very little money or time,
and determined to spend the energy and resources I do have on the
things that really matter in my life right now. So this simple little
project fits in well with that perspective….
I decided to go with a silver and white theme.
I began with a greenery garland I purchased half-off from Michaels last year.
I wove a small set of white mini lights within the garland.
I repurposed a dollar store vase by gluing it to a dollar store candle holder
with E6000 craft glue. Then I filled it will silver ornaments and jingle bells.
I placed that beside a small apothecary jar that I filled the same way.
I love the way the lights cut through the glass and the reflects off the silver- so pretty!
At the end of the mantel I placed some of the stryrofoam flower balls I made last year.
You can find the tutorial for those here.
I have actually had these out in a bowl year round – I love them!
I took the old chalkboard frame I put together for my Fall mantel and wrote
‘Joy to the World’ on it. Then I placed an antique silver lantern alongside it.
Since we only have one child living at home, and he is 21, we don’t
really hang up Christmas stockings anymore.
I decided to put these cute little $1 Target buckets up instead.
The metal letter tags are something I picked up last summer at a flea market.
(Fun fact – the letters mean absolutely nothing, they were just the only ones left!)
I may fill these with something at some point, but I am not sure what yet.
I am still in love with the paper flowers I made to go on my Fall mantel -
so I just moved them over to the built in shelf that runs alongside our fireplace.
I will live with them there for awhile and see if I want them to stay there ;-)
I am also still head-over-heels in love with my mirror, so I also left it up there.
It pulls together the whole ‘white’ part of the theme.
I don’t have a close up shot of the greenery, but I tucked into it the
burlap and tulle garland I made last year, along with some of the unfinished
wooden ornaments I got in the Michaels dollar bin last year.
This was the quickest, easiest, and most inexpensive mantel I have ever put together,
and I am actually quite happy with it! I am reminding myself this season
of all the things I have to be thankful for – and one of them is having the ability
to make my home both comfortable and beautiful without expending all
of my energy, time, or our money. This little mantel makeover represents that
Let me know what you think of it – and is anyone else having the same kind of year?
Love you guys – wish I could just have coffee and a chat with all of you ;-)