Christmas Mantel 2013

My Christmas mantel is simple this year.

  The bookshelves on either side of the fireplace are packed with books and all of my favorite things.  So I didn’t want a fussy mantel.  Here’s how I kept it simple.

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It started with the small Christmas trees that I picked up in thrift store earlier this year.  There were three exactly alike in little galvanized buckets.  They were less than $2 each so I couldn’t pass them up.  I tried them in ironstone urns that I have but without taking them out of the buckets they wouldn’t fit so I placed them in some large black urns that I have.   I used the third tree on the little wicker table as shown in my Nickel Tour here.

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To give the black urns a more Christmassy feel I wrapped them in webbing and secured the webbing with twine.   Then I placed a baguette board on the mantel and lined it with red and green votive candles.

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The metal NOEL sign came from Pottery Barn a few years ago.  Since I didn’t want to make any more nail holes in the fireplace wall the Noël sign is hung with twine.  To cover the nail I made a twine pompom.  The three cream velveteen stocking came from Target last year.

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I wanted a little pizzaz on the hearth so I placed my crated demijohn on the right and filled it with little white lights.


Don’t you love how the little lights  look?

Demijohn lights

On the opposite side of the hearth is a vintage olive bucket filled with magnolia leaves.  Among the magnolia leaves I mixed in a string of battery operated mercury glass ornament lights by Smith and Hawken.  There is a story to go along with the magnolia leaves.  I had racked my brain for some place to get magnolia but just couldn’t think of a place that I could get any.  Just when I was about to give up destiny stepped in.  I was picking my grandson up from school and low and behold the magnolia tree in front of the school had been trimmed.  There were all these lovely magnolia branches just laying on the ground.  I quickly called the school’s vice principal and asked if I could take a few.  She said “Honey, take all you like”.  So my grandson and I filled up the back of my little SUV.  Score!!


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  1. I love your simple mantel. The noel is so pretty how you hung it and I LOVE the lights in the jar and on the tree. So Pretty!


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