My Christmas Mantel 2013

Even though I'd had a general idea of what I wanted my Christmas mantel to look like this year for quite awhile, for some reason it has taken me a long time to put it together.
But after a lot of fussing it is finally complete!
One of the reasons it took me some time is I had several small projects to complete for the look to come together.


Project #1: I bought two black lanterns from Ikea and spray painted them red.
I think I may use them on my breakfast room table next year.
I love the bright punch of red.


Project #2: I needed some tall candles for the lanterns, but all I had were some short white candles from the dollar store that I had used last Christmas.
They were in great shape and I hate to waste things, but I needed them to be taller.
So I wrapped the bottom of one candle with ribbon, pinning the back.
Then I stacked the candles and placed them in the lantern.
Easy peasy!


The lanterns are propped up on blocks so the greenery is nice and full.
I have had these reindeer for many years and they appear in a different spot
in the house every Christmas.
I plopped a few red ornaments on top of the greenery for more pops of red.
  


Something I was very excited to use this year are stocking made from grain sacks!!!!
Jill from Sew A Fine Seam made them for me and I love them!
They are my favorite thing!


Project #3: I wanted a large piece of art for the mantle, but didn't want to spend a lot of dough.
I simply went to Picmonkey and typed Merry Christmas over and over and
changed the font to red ink.
I had it printed at Costco for about five bucks.
 I placed it in a frame I've had for years.
To make the piece a little taller I placed it on top of some stacked books.
I ripped the covers off of some old paper backs and wrapped them in ribbon.


I love bright pops of red and white at Christmas time.
I didn't want anything too elegant or formal on the mantel because Christmas is for my kids and I wanted my mantel to have a bright, playful feel to it for them.


In front of the fireplace is a large nutcracker I've owned for 15 years.
I got him at Costco and I don't think I'll ever get rid of him!
I also filled a Kubu basket with gifts and a stuffed moose.



You can see a little peek of my tree to the side, but it isn't quite ready yet.
I am attempting a woodland themed tree this year which is requiring a lot of projects, but I am having so much fun Christmas crafting that I don't mind.

Linking up to:
Mantel Party @ From My Front Porch To Yours
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style






17 comments:

  1. I love the simple mantel. It is casual and fun. Love the PicMonkey Merry Christmas art. Great idea!!! Red looks great at Christmas - especially with the neutrals in your home. Love that you are using your own resources, like stacking the candles, instead of running out and buying a bunch of stuff.
    Enjoy the season....
    Hollh

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  2. Pretty mantel. I love the simple clean lines of it. Where did you get the white wooden reindeer? I love them!

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    1. I'm so sorry Kara, but I can't remember where I got them from. I've had them many years.

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  3. Your mantel is perfect Lisa! I adore the pops of red too, but you know me and my love of red. Painting the lanterns and stacking candles is pure genius if you ask me.

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  4. Where to begin - I love the overall red and white theme! So fresh and pretty! The simple word art - love! And, those stockings are perfection!

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  5. Lisa,
    It is so pretty. I love the red and white.
    Kris

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  6. Lisa, love it so much! So classic and festive!

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  7. Beautiful Lisa!!! Off to see what I have missed! Happy Holidays!!! Jen-City Farmhouse

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  8. That is beautiful Lisa! So bright and cheery, love the nutcracker! Merry Christmas!
    Kimberlee

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  9. Hi Lisa,
    Your mantle is so cheery and well worth the wait! the double decker candles are genius!!
    Hugs,
    Bella

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  10. What a great idea to stack the smaller candles and disguise the joint with ribbon. Your mantel looks lovely and the Merry Christmas diy art is really nice. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I love the red also...I have to admit my craft room is never with out red spray paint..Love the decor...

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  12. Beautiful mantle. The red really is festive. Smart idea how you printed the Merry Christmas at Costco. Now following your awesome blog. Prim holiday blessings to you :)

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