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