I finally got my mantle up for 2013. Well, one of my mantles. I decided I wanted to be super traditional with my formal living room mantle, and the kids' mantle will be more whimsical (just like I did in the fall).
My 2013 Christmas mantle features a simple rustic monochromatic color scheme of browns, whites and tans.
I made another large piece of pallet art, like I did with my thanksgiving mantle, only this time I added lights. (
I will get the full tutorial up in a couple days.) You can find the tutorial on how I made it here. I settled on silhouettes of the three wise men with "O Come Let Us Adore Him"
One side was accented with a few vases full of pine cones:
While the other side is nothing more than some simple taped candles and a paper mache reindeer I found at JoAnn's Fabrics.
Compared to previous years, where all my mantles featured sparkle and bright colors, this is quite the change.
It is cute during the day, but at night when the lights glow warmly, it is fantastic:
Just another example of how successful you can be with something if you are willing to go out of your comfort zone.
Sharing at my favorite parties.