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 greenery...it 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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