I have finally finished my Christmas mantel! I think it took forever…mostly because I actually made a large portion of the decorations this year. If you have been following along on my posts the last few weeks, I’ll bet you can spot my creations!
I decided to use a sheet music and mercury glass theme, with some glitter, burlap and greenery thrown in for good measure. So this year’s wreath is musical…and a real labor of love! If you have attempted one, I am sure you know what I mean! lol
You may also recognize my mercury glass candlesticks. I actually found some at bargain prices with some comparison shopping and a few coupons. Click here to see that post. I topped them off with my Pottery Barn copy-cat music candles…a very easy and inexpensive project! (Instructions here) The one in the center is a knock-off of a Pier 1 candle. I simply added a $2.00 wire snowflake from Target by bending it to fit the shape of the candle and attaching it with gold thread.
Do you see my little snow birds tucked in among the greenery? They were also an easy and inexpensive project!
I love the little extra sparkle that they add to the mantel. Click here for instructions for making them.
But here’s something you haven’t seen before…my homemade burlap Christmas stockings! I am really pleased with the way these turned out! Not only can they spell NOEL…
…but also OBIK! lol Now, I know you are wondering what in the world that means! Can you figure it out? It stands for the staff’s names…Ozzie, Baby Kitty, Isabella and Kitty! I can change the charms to their initials when it’s time for Santa to come!
And best of all…I only spent about $10 total for the stockings, including the letter charms! I already had the fabric, so that part was free! That’s the glow of the fire on the toe of the stocking.
Now, don’t be too impressed by the pleated trim because I didn’t make it! I found it at Hobby Lobby about a month or so ago and had been trying to figure out how I could use it in a project. I decided to try it on the stockings since Baby Kitty absolutely refused to allow ruffles. According to him, the pleats are a little more masculine...like a tuxedo shirt! The letter charms came from Walmart at $1.00 each and were the bulk of the cost. Only one problem…they were gold. So I gave them a coat of my new BFF…Mod Podge…added silver glitter and…voilà! I love the contrast of the burlap with the pleats and glitter!
I am sure that you also noticed our co-host, Baby Kitty, enjoying the fire. It’s really cold outside here today and he loves to take advantage of photo shoots that involve the fireplace! I also think he has posted himself here to wait for Santa!
So there you have it…my Christmas mantel! Next time I’ll show you what is gong on in the dining room. I’m giving you a little peek in the mirror!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas decorations! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
The Nester at Nesting Place for the Christmas Tour of Homes
Kate at Centsational Girl for the Christmas Craft Link Party
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Before and After Party on Wednesdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Share the Decor
Gina at The Shabby Chic Cottage for the Holly Bloggy Home Tour and Transformation Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Artie at Color Outside the Lines for Vignette Fridays
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Linda at A la Carte for Junkin' Finds on Fridays
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
See you next time! A la prochaine!