My Christmas Mantel

by Emily Steers on 12/18/2013

Once again, compactness is my prevailing theme for this year’s Christmas mantel. But I’d say it came out pretty glitzy and adorable!

2014 Christmas Mantel

We just don’t yet have the storage to have boxes and boxes of Christmas gear every year, so we’ve been making due with little trinkets that we cull from all around the house. (Remember when I used Champagne bottles one year?)

This year, I started with a small chalkboard I purchased on Amazon for less than $10. It’s hung to the plaster walls with a 3M removable strip. I looked at a few pins on how to letter in chalk, and tried my (fumbly) hands at it.

Next, I went to hang some ornaments. The ledge on our mantel is only about 1″ deep, so there’s not a whole lot you can rest on it in order to get verticality to your decorating. The next best thing was to hang some old jingle bells from the ceiling with fishing wire, and also a few glittery snowflakes that came in a combo pack of ornaments we bought at Target for $5.

We, apparently as a house, have a thing for reindeer and stags, so I collected a few brass ones that we’d gotten at estate sales for $1-4 dollars and grouped them in our little nook.

2014 Christmas Mantel reindeer

The twinkle lights along the ledge are battery operated ones we purchased from Ikea many moons ago. I would be lying if I said I thought they cost more than $5 a strand. And, since they’re LEDs, we leave them on 24/7. They emit no heat and will probably never burn out in our lifetimes. The wooden wreath ornament is from Michaels, and also ties for the most expensive thing on this mantel, in that it cost about $5.

The felt mistletoe garland is tied to the sconces that flank the mantel, which (once again!) is from Target and cost about $5. Hindsight says we should have gotten a few more, but meh. I only can take so many trips to Target during the holiday season before I Grinch the fuck out, so … one works well enough!

holiday mantel

All in all, I dig our sparse little earthy mantel for this year.

Have you made a holiday mantel for your home this year?

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