Tonight, I'm doing an early mantel reveal because I’m linking up to Rhoda’s Merry Mantel party over at Southern Hospitality tomorrow. With Christmas music playing in the background (two of my favorites right now: Josh Groban, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Barenaked Ladies, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen), I’ve been crafting away to create our red and silver Merry Mantel.
We have a reclaimed stain glass window from an old church that is the center piece of our mantel. For the holidays, I wanted to make it more festive. I found silver wrapping paper at Target (that you may recognize from my Pom Pom Christmas Tree), and cut it to fit in the squares of the panes.
To the window, I added these three wreaths that I made (tutorials to come).
On the left of the mantel is a silver lantern that we found at Home Goods two years ago. It was originally a muted green color, but I spray painted it silver to match with the scheme. The red and silver candle is from Jo-Ann.
I found the cute little wooden bird houses at Michael’s for $1.00 each! I thought about spray painting them as well, or painting parts of them (roofs or perches), but I decided I liked the rustic aspect of the unfinished wood. We've had the white branches for a while, so I added them to go along with the bird / woodland theme.
On the right side of the mantel is the Pom Pom Christmas Tree I made. I added a white wooden ‘G’ (for Green) and a silver bird, both of which are also from Michael’s.
For the trimmings underneath, I found the fun pom pom fringe trim from Modern Cloth on Etsy. Also, Andrew and I both have our hand-made stockings from when we were children. While they are not a match to each other, they still tie in to the red of the color scheme. I love how they are both homemade (his from his Aunt Connie, and mine from my grandmother), and add a nostalgic feel to the mantel.
Our red and silver Merry Mantel:
Be sure to check out all of the inspiring mantels from Rhoda’s Merry Mantel link party at Southern Hospitality!
° How are you decorating your mantel? ° Do you still have your childhood stocking? Or any other homemade decorations? ° What holiday songs are you enjoying this year?