Tuesday, December 4, 2012

11 Christmas Mantle

Are you ready to see my Christmas mantle? I know you've all been waiting with bated breath for this reveal...

I had plans for a large, ornate goodwill frame spray painted a candy red with a wreath hanging in the middle of it. But I didn't have a large ornate frame on hand. Or candy red spray paint. (I only had a dark berry red. My husband will probably be rolling his eyes when he reads this...we often have heated discussions over my very specific and descriptive names for colors. But I digress.) 

What I did have was an old green window that I hadn't decided what to do with yet. And some bright red acrylic craft paint. Close enough! I broke out the trusty Frog Tape and taped off my window. I didn't do a very precise job because acrylic paint scrapes off of glass super easily. A few coats of paint later, I had a nice red old window.

 This guy is going to be home to my pretty white ruffle wreath.

This wreath is super easy to make, but very tedious! That seems to be the theme with my projects lately...

Anyway, all you do is cut out one million 5ish inch diameter circles from some felt. I used 2 yards of felt, and still didn't have enough. Perhaps 2 yards would go farther if you made 4 inch circles? Either way, I recommend 2 1/2 yards if you want to do this yourself! 

Once you've cut out all your circles, you'll need a bunch of push pins with a ball head. (I made the mistake of getting push pins with tiny circle heads and had problems with the felt slipping off the top of the pin.) 

Then you just poke your pin through the center of the circle, and pin onto a styrofoam wreath form. And then do it again and again all over, about 1/2 to an inch apart. Make sure to scrunch and ruffle as you go.

Here is a blurry close up:

Can you see that tiny pin head in there? Yeah, that's why my circles kept popping off. But the important thing is to notice how each circle is ruffled. You just continue that all the way around, arranging things as you go. 

Now that that's done with, are you ready for the mantle?!

Without further ado, please feast your eyes on a mantle I like to call "Shabby Whimsical Christmas!"

And now the official tour.

First up, paper cones. How-to coming tomorrow so check back! 

And then there are the stockings! I cheated and ordered little Patrick's stocking last year, even though he wasn't quite here yet. I even hung it last year, too. 

And on the left side, we have a nut cracker, my little white lantern with a candle surrounded by some red berry things from Michael's, and some little blue bells. I love these bells! I just think they are so sweet!

And in the spirit of keeping it real, here is what the rest of my living room/kitchen looked like while all this mantle happiness was being created:

Woops! And yes, that is a woman in a bikini on the fridge reminding me to have some self control with my food. Specifically, it's Kate Beckinsale, because Patrick totally loves her. So it's for both of us. 

Here's some more!

There's a chair in the middle of the room for me to stand on to photograph the mantle, and the white shade fell down when I was trying to move it to get what little extra "light" I could. Maybe my tension rod needs more tension. 

Ahh, look at that counter. Peaceful, yes? Haha. I was going crazy for a little while, running around cleaning up as much as I could before Abigail woke up from her nap. 

And just so everyone doesn't think I am a total slob, here is proof that I did clean up.

And that's Abigail watching Beauty and the Beast on her new trampoline. (It's a Christmas present, but we tried it out today to make sure we wanted to keep it!)

My NOEL sign ended up on the shelf unit next to the couch.

Yay for clear(ish) and clean counters! 

There's what it looks like post-Abigail nap. Can you spot the difference? 

The jingle bells on the left side are gone now, because there is a storage bench on that side and she kept climbing on it and bringing me jingle bells, one by one. So once my hands were full, I decided to just move them all to the other side so I wouldn't lose them. 

And that is the exciting end of the story of my mantle. 

I love looking around at everyone's holiday decor! Blogs are probably the single greatest thing to happen to Christmas since Jesus and the Christmas tree. I seriously love scouring the internet and making sure I leave no mantle un-peeked at! (Is that weird? Am I a mantle stalker?)


  1. Thanks for the keeping it real pictures. I was getting depressed knowing you have children and that your house is immaculate after crafting with Abby and Bubba. :)

    1. I think you of all people should know "immaculate" is not even in my house's vocabulary lol But thanks...

  2. Your house looks alot like mine when I'm trying to put together decorations! I'm glad I'm not the only one! Love the mantel! I found your blog through Ten June's Link Up party! I'm your newest follower! :)

    1. Thanks for following! It got pretty scary there for a while, so I decided I should post it on the internet for all the world to see. Haha!

  3. Such a beautiful creation. I love it! My living room looks just like that after I complete a project too :) Like JoAnns exploded or something LOL... But I always say it's not about how big a mess you make, it's how fast you can clean it up, right :)

    1. Haha! That's a good saying...but I'm not very fast at cleaning, especially if the kids are awake!

  4. That mantle is spot on! I love the use of non-traditional colors for Christmas. You nailed it. I get the same eye-rolling from my husband concerning color descriptions.

    1. Our arguments over colors are so silly...he have had two quite memorable debates over mauve, and a car that I described as apricot, then conceded to copper after he told me it was orange. lol

  5. I'm totally digging the red window! I'd keep that baby up year round : ) Great job!

    1. Thanks! I love it too, and that thought definitely crossed my mind! I think I probably will, but I might paint it a different color for spring!



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