Friday, December 3, 2010

Natural and {Joy}ful Mantle

I've been planning how to decorate my mantle for Christmas for a few weeks; sketching and dreaming and erasing and starting over until finally tonight IT.IS.DONE. :D

I started out by creating some no-sew Christmas Stockings. You can see the tutorial {here}. Then I added a homemade Magnolia leaf swag. Then I made a JOY mirror vignette on the wall because I wanted the lights to reflect on them.
I made a cute little branch "tree" with paper doves and ornaments, I treated the branches with "snow" and propped it on my mantle.
I added a few gifts for Jesus ;) on the hearth and voila! My Natural Mantle.
Easy, simple and pretty.

How to make the Mirrored JOY
I started off by getting three mirrors at Hobby Lobby (unframed) but you can get any mirrors you like or have on hand. Then I got the chipboard letters and painted them a bright red with some red acrylic paints I had on hand. After they dried, I put a few glue dots on the back of the letters and positioned them on the mirrors. I carefully pressed until they were adhered. The good thing about using the glue dots, is that you can later remove the letters, wipe the mirrors clean and re-use :)
Since I wanted to put the mirrors on the mantle, but I did not want to just prop them up, I used command picture hangers. I put one on the back of each mirror and hung. Presto, instant JOY ;)

How to make the chalkboard sign
I simply bought an inexpensive chalkboard at Michael's for about $2, then I covered the edges in torn book pages with modge podge. After a couple of coats, and after they were dry, I sprayed it with a clear acrylic protectant.
I glued a pretty cord on the back (hidden in the picture above) so I can hang it later with some different phrases.  I took my Chalk Ink Marker and just wrote the phrases on and there you go!

How to make the willow branch tree
I took some branches from my backyard willow tree :) and just sprayed them with SNOW you can get anyplace! I let it dry (and this stuff is MESSY-just a warning)
I then cut out some circles with my CRICUT, put a piece of bookpaper for the hanger, strung some raffia through them and wrote on both sides with the same Chalk Ink Marker. The Dove was printed on white cardstock, and I cut out the shapes while I put the book pages behind so I could cut several at the same time. Then I just glued parts of the book page dove to the white dove, punched a hole, strung it and hung it :)
Here's the printable of the  Dove

I'll post the how-to's on the Magnolia Wreath and Burlap sacks tomorrow.
I'm linking this up to the following parties:
The Lettered Cottage Christmas Mantle Linky Party
Amaze Me Mondays
Sunday Showcase Party
Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After Party
Saturday Mornings Linky Party
Tatertots and Jello Weekend Wrap Up Party
Texas Monkey Texas Monkey
The Nester
Hooked on Houses

You HAVE to go see all the beautiful ideas!

Would you like to comment?

  1. I know I've said it before but you are so creative! I love the mirrored "Joy"--eye catching and sophisticated. How do you find time to create? I'm so impressed!

  2. I love your 'tree' with the paper ornaments and the doves! And the way you hung your stockings! It is all very "JOYFUL" ;.) Very creative!

  3. Luv the dove ornaments and the JOY sign... Ur natural wreath s gorgeous.... Do join the blog party "Itz' Festival Time" conducted at my blog :

  4. Thank you for linking up to "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. Hope to see you next week!

  5. I just discovered your BLOG - I just love it.
    Sister Partridge
    Louisville, KY


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