December 5, 2011

Christmas Mantel 2011 – Natural & White

I am in love with white branches this year, so I decided to use the leftover branches from my Christmas centerpieces for my Christmas mantel this year!

I really loved the winter-y feel of just this:

But I truly believe that He is the reason for the season (cheesy I know) so I wanted to incorporate some verse, so now the sign enters:

This sign was supposed to be super easy-breezy, but it ended up being a huge pain!  I bought the sign for $4 from Ross because I liked the shape, and then I spray-painted it a pretty metallic color.  BUT – as you can see in the picture on the right, you could see the raised letters – dang it!

So I used mod-podge and sheet music to cover up the letters. Then I wanted to imperfectly write the verse in Sharpie, but did you know that Sharpie and mod-podge do NOT mix?! Ugh it was bad!  So it ended up a LOT more imperfect than I wanted it to, but I’m learning to be OK with it.  I then lightly sanded over the whole thing, and put a coat of paint mixed with glaze (like I did here).  I’m not totally in love with it, but again, I’m learning to live with it.

I really love the natural elements with the ornaments (which are all from the dollar store!):

I used cut fresh juniper to keep with the natural theme, and I’m loving how it ties it all together and grounds the whole display:

The middle vase is from Michaels, and the vases on the sides were from the Dollar Store (I used them in my fall display too):

You could easily do this yourself!  Use any glass containers you have, grab some sticks from your backyard (or go to a park), paint them, and add some ornaments and greens!


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  1. This is so cute Christina!! I can’t help but hear Yukon Cornelius singing “Silver and Gold!” I love the sticks!

  2. Pam Carmona says:

    Looks fantastic!

  3. I love the sign Christina! It is the first thing I noticed and I do know how it is when the easiest things become NOT SO EASY! lol Happens to me all the time! Love your mantel…..

    Lou Cinda

  4. Love this! I wanted branches for my front porch, but I procrastinate dand never found any. Maybe next year. The colors are so shimmery and suttle!

  5. Love these. I did something similar and posted it on my blog. Hope you can stop by. Love the sign with the sheet music.

  6. so pretty! I love all the white and natural look of it. Also, your cursive is SO much more pretty than mine haha. And i have a bunch of those dollar store vases, I’m using them for my wedding centerpieces!

  7. super classy and super simple-love it!

  8. This is beautiful. I love the sign you made; crafty and the focal as it should be!! Merry Christmas.

  9. My husband and I were married in Jan 2008, and one of the main design elements I used was white branches….so needless to say, I LOVE this…and the different textures of the ornaments you used.

  10. I really love the sign… don’t be so hard on yourself 🙂 I know the feeling when you have an idea in your head and in reality it doesn’t turn out just like that idea though!

  11. Christina, this is really pretty!! Great work!!

  12. this is beautiful, love the sign I’ve love you to add it to my what we wore and made party over at

  13. So cute & stylish the white natural look!
    The wall hanging verse sign it’s a real “poetic touch”.
    Good work Christina!
    Irene from France

  14. This looks really good!

  15. this is so cute ! i love it !! and i love how thrifty it is !

  16. Lovin the natural look too…very pretty..very simple!

  17. Just so beautiful!

  18. Great idea! I think I’m gonna do it for mine as well and take the credit from my family! LOL! (just kidding)! Well, I enjoyed myself so much here, I’m gonna follow you on my way out, so that I won’t miss a thing! I love making new good friends! Would love for you to drop by my place when you get a chance too!
    Love, Olga

  19. Hi Christina, everything looks fabulous. Personally, I love white or cream and most of my decorations are in those colours. Thanks so much for sharing and Happy New Year. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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