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This is the first of a year-long series in which I will share my mantel ideas. I will also share links to particular products if possible or similar ones that I find. The concept that use is to find inspiration (Here’s the inspiration for this one from My Computer is my Canvas) and try to recreate it with what I have or what I can find. After a while it almost becomes a formula. So you will start to see that emerge.
I generally change it around 10 times a year, or at least I have 10 themes. Sometimes I don’t get around to all of that so I do a more generic seasonal type decor. I will share both in this series.
For winter I like an icy blue and snowflake theme. Which works out well since I love blue so much. At Christmas I usually don a more simple, silvery scene; but I use several of the pieces in both. That is the key to being able to change things often, being able to reuse a few large pieces then adding in the small details. So without further a due
Lets break it down…………..
The large H usually hangs above the fireplace. In this case I traded it out for the subway print. I have several of these. I bought them from this Etsy shop. I downloaded the files and had them printed out as 16×20 poster prints at Wal-Mart. Go to their online shop, add the files to your account, and order the poster. You can usually pick it up that same day. They cost about $12 per print. I also got the frame at Wal-Mart for cheap. To keep them put up and out-of-the-way when not in use, I keep in the frame behind the current one. I can literally have a picture for every mantle for the space of one.
The lantern came from Pier 1. I filled it with a small snowman I had, along with one of those Snow Village winter trees, some fake snow and dollar store snowflake ornaments. I finished it off with some snowflake Glimmer Strings. I use it almost exclusively on my mantle, and in fact you will see it in almost every month in my mantle pics. It was on the pricey side, but I have never regretted in that investment. It has served me well.
The SNOW letters are just letters that I bought at a craft store. It’s best to get letters that will stand on their own. I laid them front-side down flat onto the back side of scrap-book paper. Trace around them with a pencil and cut them out. Then using Elmer’s white glue or mod podge, glue them to the letters. Since it’s scrap-book paper, I didn’t even use a top coat. Another method I have used is glueing the paper to the letter, then cutting around the letter with an Exacto knife. The “O” win snow, is a snowman shaped candle holder I have had for years. You could do the same thing with any pillar type candle holder. The candle is from Party Lite. I don’t know if they still carry them though.
The large vase in the back, I filled with various bowl fillers and blue Christmas tree ornaments. I also put another strand of Glimmer Strings mingled in amongst the bowl fillers. I like the Glimmer Strings so much because they can be turned on and off and the timer set with a remote. You have to purchase the remote separately, but you only need one and it works with all Pier 1 candles and Glimmer Strings.
The banner I made using these burlap pieces from Hobby Lobby. I cut them into the appropriate shape and size. I cut scrapbook paper to fit slightly inside of the burlap pieces then cut the letters out of glittery scrapbook paper. I used a die-cut machine but I’m sure you could do it with one of the smaller cutting machines. I punched holes in the top corners and strung jute string through it. I made it double-sided so “Let it SNOW” becomes “Be Mine”for Valentine’s Day. I’ll be making a tutorial for this soon. I hung it using small command hooks on the top side of the mantle because there is not a flat side in front.
All of this is placed on a fluffy bed of angel hair spun glass and led lights. And one more of my favorite things before I close…I like lots of lights, in lots of places, that are easily turned on. Where I can, I use electric lights so I don’t have to mess with the expense and hassle of batteries. Enter the remote control outlet. I love, love, love these outlets! I bought them for myself a couple of Christmases ago. Then bought some for my mother-in-law. I plan to buy some more too because I use them at work and don’t have enough during the holidays. I can’t recommend this product enough. It even came with the necessary batteries and in the over two years I’ve had them I have not had to replace them yet. If you like remote everything, this is defiantly my pick!