Christmas Mantel

I am so pleased with how my Christmas mantel turned out this year. I wanted the mantel to have a cozy, elegant-yet-approachable vibe to it and I think I managed to accomplish my goal! I used fresh greenery, mercury glass, white, and a touch of apple green in my color scheme. The most difficult aspect of putting the mantel together was finishing my wood round wall! I actually broke my saw guard trying to cut all of those little wood circles, so only two panels were able to be filled. I would like to fill the end panels with wood but that will have to wait until my saw is fixed.

christmas mantle

Don’t you think fresh flowers make everything look better? I wish I could afford to don every room with fresh flowers! Our grocery store always carries bundles of flowers at reasonable prices, so occasionally I like to treat myself. Alstroemeria, carnations, and mums are great picks because they last forever and look beautiful in like-color groupings.

christmas mantel

I have received a lot of questions regarding my angel wings. I scored these at Marshall’s and unfortunately I haven’t heard that anyone else has been able to find them in their stores :(. They were hanging in the middle section with the ornaments in my store and were priced at only $14.99. They are made of metal so it was a terrific price! I didn’t like the original color so painted and distressed them to my liking. You can find the full tutorial on the link for my angel wings and Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe.

angel wings

The mercury glass lanterns were on clearance at Marshall’s for $3 each. Can you tell I heart our Marshall’s? *wink*

mercury glass

The capiz shell garland is actually made from punched wax paper circles and string. I made the garland 3 Christmas’ ago, and it is still going strong! You can see the garland the first year I made it looking beautiful draped on my Ballard Designs Inspired tree. You can also click on the link to find the tutorial for my Pottery Barn inspired Birch Bark Candles that I made this year.

christmas mantel

All of my mercury glass ornaments on the tree and on the mantel came from TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. I just haven’t found another source for mercury glass items that is cheaper!

mercury glass ornament

Below is a close-up of the wood round wall. I sliced my logs as thinly as possible and just hot glued them to the wall! I took a few off to see if they will damage the wall and they came off without any damage. I’ll leave them up on the wall until I tire of them and pop them off when I feel like it. For now I adore the way it looks!

wood wall

And here is one more full beauty-shot for you! I am enjoying my mantel this year and I hope you do too! Thanks for stopping by to see :).

christmas mantle

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    • Beth says

      Thanks so much Caitlin! It’s relatively easy to create the wall but cutting the wood for this project was scary.

  1. Cara says


    I don’t know if you have Big Lots near you, but they had mercury ornaments this year. 6 littles ones for 6 dollars a box, and 4 big ones for 6$ a box. They had silver, red and a deep dark purple at my Big Lots.

    I thought the price was amazing.

    Your display is really pretty. Thanks for sharing.

    Now, I need to find some of those angel wings. LOL


    • Beth says

      Great tip Cara! We do have Big Lots and I haven’t been in ours for quite awhile. I’ll have to go peruse sometime soon!

  2. says

    It looks great! I had to comment because I have admired those same mercury lanterns at a local specialty shop and I can’t believe you found them for $3! I think they’re around $29 at my local shop! I love what you did with them.

  3. says

    I love the wood circles and think you should leave it like that. I think if you do more, it might make it look too top heavy. Does that make sense?

    Anyway, it’s lovely!

  4. says

    Thank goodness you at least got the two center sections done before it broke! Whew 😉
    It sure looks pretty. I love me some sparkly mercury glass and the wings are fabulous!!

  5. says

    I love it Beth! I’ve been wanting to make one of those faux capiz shell garlands and I just might try it now! I don’t think I would add any more wood rounds to the two outer panels. I think it would look too “stripey” if that makes sense. I love it just the way it is!

  6. says

    I don’t comment often enough but I had to tell you that I LOVE it. Love. The wood rounds are amazing and I actually like that it is just the middle sections. I think it makes it stand out.

    Man, if I had seen those angel wings I would have snapped them up. I did DIY wings for my mantel and I spent almost as much as you did.

    Beautiful. Merry Christmas!

  7. says

    Seriously stunning, Beth! You definitely achieved your vision! I went for that kind of cozy, rustic-glam look too this year. BTW, I’m totally coveting those angel wings, as I am sure everybody else is too – what a score! Hugs, Kerri

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