How to decorate your Mantle for Winter

By January 5, 2011Decorating

Well, the Christmas decorations are down…all 10 trees, whew that was a job! Thanks to Doug, my boys and my son’s girlfriend, it went pretty well. I still have one blue ornament hanging in my bathroom that got missed, I chuckle to myself everytime I go in there. 

The only decorations that I really didn’t want to take down was the Christmas Mantle, I loved it this year. But, I also wanted to put up a Winter Mantle with a few favorite snowmen.

I started by making the Snowflake Garland. I wanted it to look kind of like snow, so I found some tulle that I had in my stash and went to work.

  1. I first added a piece of wool fabric. Then I used Tulle {it’s like netting and you can find it in the floral department usually at Walmart, Hobby Lobby or Michael’s} and Snowflakes. I bought the snowflakes after Christmas at Target, but the Dollar Tree had some as well.
  2. I measured the tulle to match the length of the fabric, then using regular thread I just gathered and tied it. Then using straight pins, I pinned it to the fabric.
  3. Then I attached the Snowflakes with clear thread
  4. I just pinned them to the fabric, the pins will be covered

And then I moved onto the Mantle…

  1. I added some small boxes and some dishes for different heights, then I draped some more fabric and kind of bunched it up. Then I made piles of snow {Epsom Salt}
  2. Next came the white lights, I tucked them under and behind the fabric
  3. Some Vintage Black Men’s Skates on one end
  4. And a couple tall Snowmen on the other end
  5. Medium sized Snowmen are added to the middle
  6. A couple small Snowmen and snowball shaped candles are nestled in the snow, along with some pine cones and little white antique mittens from the Thrift Shop years ago.

I’m happy with the way the Mantle turned out, but I have to confess, I ended up decorating it twice before I got the look I wanted. Here is my first attempt…

I liked it, but I wanted to add some more interest with the different levels. So…which one is your favorite?

Head on over to see all the Mantles I decorated last year.

I’m linking to…Saturday Night Special,Weekend Wrapup Party,Show and Tell Friday, Somewhat Simple, Transformation Thursday

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