Happy Holidays!! I could not wait to start my holiday decorating this year. Immediately after Thanksgiving I was ready to break out the Christmas boxes and get to decorating, starting with our Christmas mantel. I don’t know if it is just the fact that I love Christmas or being in our home for the first year, but I was so happy to be decorating for the season.
With the freshly painted walls and mantel (more on that here and here), I kept the mantel pretty simple. First thing I did was dig through the box to see what we were working with. I had the ornament swag that I made last year for our faux bookshelf mantel. It was a bit short for the new mantel, but by placing it in the middle and adding a candle to each end, it actually looks pretty good. And at no cost I gotta love that! Maybe in a future year I will buy more ornaments and make a longer, dramatic swag.
We still had the stockings from Target last year (Wez & Augie are going to share), but I had two stocking hangers from dollar tree that are hideous. So after browsing the aisle of Target, we settled on getting 3 unique stocking hangers, the star, the tree and my favorite, the silver deer. At $10 each, they make the mantel a lot more sophisticated.
Next up, I did a quick DIY project and made a snowflake wreath for above the mantel. I will share the tutorial soon. It only took about 45 minutes to whip up and I love the contrast of stark white on the deep navy walls.
So there you have it! Our first real Christmas mantel. Now to finish decorating the tree, getting up a few more outside lights and enjoying the season After that is is back to finishing the house, like maybe adding curtains to those poor bare windows around the fireplace.