As promised, I am sharing my more rustic Christmas mantel. I normally don’t post on Sundays but there are some HUGE things coming up next week (seriously, come back tomorrow** and check out the awesomeness!) and so I didn’t want to delay getting this post out.
I already shared my wood slide deer’s head silhouette, and surprisingly that wasn’t the inspiration for this mantel. I actually had everything else set up and decided to whip that pallet artwork up at the last minute. The true inspiration were those cute little paper mache reindeer I got last year on clearance after Christmas along with my new stacked stone look of the fireplace itself.
I originally wanted to do a ‘Nature inspired brown and red design’ which is why I have the poinsettias at the bottom, but it turns out I decided against adding any other red elements in order to let the silhouette speak for itself. I knew I was going to use this stick star garland as one of my ‘natural’ elements (another find on clearance last year) and I love how they look even unlit:
In fact, in the daylight I actually like the entire mantel NOT illuminated since it feels more ‘woodsy’: And night I do like the glow of the lights and the pretty shadows it cast.
I even added tiny lights to an old tin bucket full of firewood, which I think is really pretty;
I’m probably not going to do a whole house Christmas tour this year, so I thought I’d include some shots of the entire room here:
It turns out, this is another one of my favorite mantels.. and after some questions on how I get my garlands to look the way they do (and some Facebook feedback) I promise to put up a another tutorial on garlands sometime this week.
**Don’t forget to come back tomorrow! I have a couple of HUGE giveaways (including a custom designed gift basket of my favorite things.. and a Silhouette Cameo!) It isn’t too be missed!