The Christmas Mantel

I have had the same old boring Christmas mantel for a number of years now.  It consists of a big, dusty, fake garland, gaudy beads, paint chipped bulbs, sticky pinecones, saggy stockings, and whatever else I could fit onto the wee ledge.

Well no more!  Time to lighten up and freshen up.

I threw that nasty garland away and was inspired to create a simple white and silver mantel after seeing this beautiful mantel done by Centsational Girl.

First, I went through my closets and decorations and found items that would fit the theme.  Faux silver candlesticks, silver candles, a white table cloth, the stockings, and the snowflake wreath.

The snowflake wreath wasn’t white or silver, but I knew I wanted to use it somehow.  Also, the candlesticks weren’t doing it for me, but I had an idea for upgrading them.

Then, it was off to the dollar store to see what cheap ass treasures I could find to supplement my theme.  Surprisingly, I struck pay dirt!  They had a whole silver section of ornaments, angels, and other fun trinkets.  I also found some white tinsel garland and some glass hurricanes that were perfect for my candlesticks.

The first DIY was to fill the twig snowflake wreath with white tinsel garland so it would match my theme.

mantle snowflake

Next up, was hot gluing the glass hurricane on top of each silver candlestick.  Simply add a line of glue along the outer rim of the candlestick and place the hurricane on top.

mantle hurricanes

Allow to dry for a minute or two and then fill with the faux snow balls and the candle.  I chose hot glue because it is only temporary and will be easy to remove.

The last 2 minute DIY was to add the glitter letters to each of the stockings.  Santa often visits our house buzzed and never seems to remember which stocking belongs to which kid.  As the mom who has to hear the complaints the next morning, I decided to help the poor guy out.

Mantle Stockings

The pieces were placed on the mantel, then arranged, then rearranged, and arranged once more.  Finally, after deciding to add a few fresh greens to tie it all together, the mantel was complete.

Christmas Mantle

A close up view.

Mantle Close Up

Do you change your mantel décor every year?  Or, keep a traditional theme?  I would love to hear your ideas.


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