In honor of the miserably cold temperatures outside, here are a few ideas for a Winter Mantle! I basically took my Christmas decorations, switched them around and then filled my Spring lantern with pine-cones and dark balls to make it look “wintery”. Enjoy!
I thought that since most of us will be spending the weekend after Thanksgiving shopping & decorating for Christmas, I would post our new Christmas Mantle!
I made the garland several years ago with the cheapest, skimpiest garland I could find at Hobby Lobby. I added lights, berries, floral picks, and Christmas balls. It’s amazing how much cheaper it is when you make your own!
I also made the glitter trees. I used poster board, Modge Podge, & glitter. These cost $1.50 to make versus $10-$20 each they cost at the store. I apologize that I do not have any pictures to go with the DIY instructions. I was covered half in glitter & didn’t want to get it all over my camera lens! 🙂
To make the trees: Purchase poster board in whatever color you ware wanting to glitter the trees. (I used white for the silver one.) You can also “cheat” here by covering white poster board in colored paper that matches your glitter. Twist your poster board into a cone shape and hot-glue the seam. Then, paint about 4″ of the cone with Modge Podge and press it in glitter. I took a Rubbermaid tub lid and a piece of wax paper, poured the glitter on it, then rolled my cone in the glitter. Next, repeat painting Modge Podge on the next 4″ and rolling it in glitter until you are completely finished. You do not have to, but once they dry, you can spray them with Ceramic Sealer (found at Hobby Lobby) so the glitter doesn’t get all over your house!
With fall fast approaching, I decided that today was as good of day as any to put together a new Fall Mantle.
I made the garland a few years ago by buying a basic green ivy garland and gluing in leaves from stems & pumpkin accents. This is super easy and so much cheaper than buying a fall garland already done!
Here are a few pictures. Happy Fall, everyone!