One of my favorite places to decorate in the house for Christmas is the mantel. I do something new every year, and every year the Christmas mantel becomes my "new" favorite. This year is no exception. I LOVE our mantel. I Love that I didn't spend any money to decorate it! I Love that I used decorations from all my past mantels; I Love that I went outside and cut branches and twigs to complete my look. Most of all, I love the new art work that I painted. Take and look and please tell me you love it too!
I wanted a natural/ outdoor/ rustic look with just a pop of color. I had no idea what to do to change things up from years past, so I just started with my Joy and Noel signs.
I made them just yesterday and I'll show you exactly how to make your own later this week, so come on back. I will say it's pretty easy and inexpensive and took only 30 minutes. Sound good?
After I made my signs, I put them up and the inspiration just flowed from there.
I cut down twigs from trees in my back yard and added a few small red ornaments to them. I've had these tall glass vases from the Dollar Tree for a while now, and they come in handy every season. I wasn't sure what "pop" of color I wanted to go with, but the only small ornaments I had were red. That settles that question. Red it is!
These pine branches, complete with baby pine cones, were cut down from a pine tree in my front yard. We had to trim the tree last week and my daughter suggested we use the branches for Christmas. Great idea!
I used Epsom salt to give that snow look to the twigs and added a few red berries.
The white candles wrapped in twin were part of my Fall Mantel, but they work perfectly here too. Pine cones are all over my yard, so I decided to bring a few inside.
The wreath is made of branches and I decided to tie a little burlap knot at the bottom. Love burlap!
It really was simple and easy this year, but I LOVE that rustic look with a bit of glam. The gold mirror and sparkle ornaments give just enough pop without overwhelming the mantle. So what do you think? Not bad for a $0/1 day makeover. Not bad at all!