“It’s the mooooost wonderful tiiiiime of the year!”
^^I bet you sang that as you read it, didn’t you? That song isn’t lying! I love Christmas and everything that goes along with it. The focus on Christ and serving others, the gifts, the decor… oh, the decor! I have to admit I got a bit of a late start this year but once I got going I couldn’t stop!! And I’m a firm believer in taking full advantage of myself when I’m in the mood to decorate so I’ve been having a great last few days decking the halls. And today I want to share my Christmas mantel with you!
I love it! I feel like it’s fresh and happy and modern. It makes me smile every time I see it! The best part is that I used a lot of stuff I already had and made the rest for just a few dollars. Merry Christmas to me!
I love the buffalo check craze that is happening right now so I knew I wanted to incorporate that somehow. And I LOVED my mantel from LAST YEAR so I thought I’d use a lot of the same elements but with different colors and style. I HAD to reuse the idea of the wood round behind my stag head but instead of the stained wood and gold, I painted it a buffalo check pattern. ::big heart eyes emoji:: It turned out just as I envisioned! You can get the full tutorial on how I painted that HERE.
I also reused my gold Christmas lights that I spray-painted last year. I might have squealed a little when I got them out of the box again this year. I still love the touch of glam they add to everything! You can see the tutorial on how I spray painted them gold HERE.
I wasn’t planning on using my cute “December 25” sign I made using Lolly Jane’s Crafternoon kit on my mantel this year but it is so darling and fit so perfectly, how could I not? The other two signs are spread throughout my house. Go grab a kit at Joanns and make your own! So easy and fun!
If you want to make your own little cardstock BE MERRY Banner it’s so simple! Simply click on the image below and when the file comes up, right click on it and save to your computer. Then you can print it out on any color cardstock you want and cut the letters out. I created it so it prints backward so after you cut it out and the letters are facing the correct way no lines show. I then glued my letters to a piece of baker’s twine and strung it up! Took about 10 minutes start to finish.
And here are a couple of shots with the lights on (it’s hard to photograph but it’s so pretty… especially at night!).
I hope you’re having fun decorating your home for the Christmas season! I’m still tinkering and will have lots of fun things to show you here during the next couple of weeks! Happy Christmas crafting!