This year’s winter mantel is a combination of homemade paper stars, paper snowflakes and blue and silver Christmas balls. When I packed away the Christmas decorations in mid-January, I decided to leave the big paper stars we had made for the Christmas mantel in place. Originally, I left the cedar garland until it started shedding a bit.
I love the combination of white mantel and stone fireplace in our living room. Anytime I go in the room to redecorate it, I always want to show off the stone fireplace as much as possible. The white mantel is a MDF mantel (Medium-density fibreboard) we bought online for about $200 about 4 or 5 years ago. The original mantel was a handy-man’s special put in place by the previous owner. While we wanted a real wood mantel, we couldn’t afford the price tag. The MDF mantel gives us the look of real wood at a fraction of the price. My husband built the lower part of the mantel himself.
Since I don’t have a lot of Valentine’s Day decorations, I decided to go with a wintry theme of white, blue, and silver in the living room and put all the Valentine’s Day decorations in the dining room. I have 4 decorative items which remain on the mantel year-round – the plant, the vase of pinecones, the clock (Goodwill find), and the silver platter (family heirloom).
To hang the snowflake garland, I have 2 white upholestry tacks at either end of the mantel. I picked this trick up from The Nester a few years ago. I left the tacks high enough to wrap ribbon around the tack’s post.
This time I used silver cord picked up on clearance after Christmas a few years ago for the garland. I use the same cord for my Advent garland. The binder clips are the same ones I used in my Advent garland. Snowflakes were made by the kids.
Even though this winter decoration was a cinch to make, I smile every time I see it. I found this apothecary jar at a thrift store for a few dollars. Anytime I see apothecary jars for under $3, I pick one up for my collection. I filled this one with a variety of Christmas balls in the same color scheme as the binder clips.
In November, we made paper stars ornaments from 101 Days of Christmas by Mandi Ehman. My 10 year old son made big paper stars from 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. I put them on the mantel for Christmas and kept them for the winter mantel. I love the pops of color with my white, blue, and silver palette.
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