Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas mantel

I finally finished my Christmas mantel and wanted to share that today. I think of our mantel as a shadow box since there is so little mantel and it is a large recessed area.   I was able to find quite a few thrifty things to decorate my mantel and also used items that I already had. There is so much pretty christmas decor all over the blogs right now and I am just getting started. So I have some catching up to do.
I started with my tall apothecary jars that I bought recently. I'm always looking for items that have multiple uses and I really like the versatility of these. I looked around the thrift and craft stores and  found these cute and cheap  wood reindeer and the mercury glass votives. That's basically what I started with so I went from there. I added some glitter to some ornaments for the jars and painted the reindeer gold to go with my mirror.

I added some silver glitter collars to the reindeer and some wood trees that I already had. The little houses came from Dollar tree and I painted them white and added glitter. Also the wreath is garland rolled up from the dollar tree as well. I made a banner for the wreath and added some faux greenery that I already had.

I didn't have any bottle brush trees so I made some by wrapping bulky yarn around some cones and adding some glitter. Having a yarn stash can come in handy!

I have quite a collection of Christmas stamps so I had to make a banner for the front of my mantel. I created a collage to show the detail of it. I enjoy adding papercraft items to my decor and it gives me a chance to create with  stamps that I haven't used in awhile. I layered white cardstock stamped and embossed with silver  onto silver glitter paper to give a finished edge.

I added some small flameless candles and some white lights to the greenery. I love the soft glow of white lights.

The votives give off a pretty glow with flameless candles.

I already had the little reindeer bag and it matches my other reindeer. I enjoy the simplicity of little things.

I should have smoothed out this does look a bit wild, but I wanted to show another pic with the lights. 

I added a basket with more glittered ornaments and pine cones.

A mini christmas tree light

I softened this image to give it a nice glow

I better get busy, lots more to do.  Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll take time to leave a comment!


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  1. Diane, your mantle is beautiful! I love all the glitter you have going on. The blue ornaments are just the right touch of color to your greenery. I love your flame less candles.

    1. Thanks for the sweet comments about my mantel. It's always fun to see what you can put together at Christmas!

  2. Diane your mantel is fabulous! Where do I start?
    Down to the smallest detail you went all out! Love the glitter collars on the deer. Certainly does add a "wow factor" to their stance. And the banner looks so sophisticated with the gold and silver glitter. You did great in putting this together!

    1. Thanks so much Gail. I had a lot of fun putting this together, even though it was more time consuming than I expected. I love the deer as well and I added the glitter collars for a little glam. I stopped by your blog and your christmas deer display is lovely too. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. How very pretty, Don't pressure yourself to 'catch up', just enjoy. I have many similar elements on my own mantle and they will stay up all year too :D:D:D

    1. Thanks for the comment lady. I visited your blog and your mantel is so pretty with all the lights. I'm trying to enjoy the moment and get everything done at the same time. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Your mantle is so beautiful--love the gold and white with just a few touches of color--really lovely and so festive!

  5. I too am trying to "do it all" while trying to spend time enjoying it. Your decorating is beautiful! Happy holidays!

  6. Gorgeous mantle, Diane, the white, gold & green is a classic & classy look!
    I like your wild greenery, makes a change from the faux pine boughs that I use.

  7. Oh so pretty. I love your pictures, and the lights are so lovely too. Gold and white is always a favorite and your mantel is so beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. Hi Diane! Oh, your mantel is so beautiful all Chrstmased up!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  9. This is so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing at Wow. Always love to get new followers.

  10. Your mantel looks beautiful! I love your jars and your banner. Thank you so much for sharing again this week at A Bouquet of Talent!! Have a wonderful weekend.



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