Wednesday, December 7, 2011

CHRISTMAS (FAUX) MANTEL


I have wanted a Mantel to decorate for forever.  Sooooo I decided to build myself a Faux Mantle for Christmas.  I built it in one day, last Sunday as a matter of fact.  If you’ve been following my blog then you know it is unheard of for me to finish anything in one day.  I wanted a mantle that bad I guess.   

This year I decided to use what I have to decorate for Christmas.   



I will post how I built the mantle later this week but for now I want to share how I decorated it.   I was planning to use garland and  my red and green xmas balls like I did in the dining room but it just wasn’t working for me on the new mantel so I went a different route.  I started with a faux garland that looks pretty darn realistic to me and added a few different sized pine cones.  Then I hung my pine cone wreath.   


I have one piece of mercury glass, the candle holder, so I had to use it.   The lantern is a salvage score I got for $1 it was a light fixture and I ripped the wiring out, love the patina.   A few glass votives thrown in and that’s about it.  Simple and rustic.  To fill the bottom up I used an old crate I had.  Inside is a galvanized bucket I found awhile back at the Restore for $3.  All the greenery is from our yard.  I cut down a small tree to make the logs.  With a dull hand saw I might add because I couldn’t find the bow saw.  It. Took. Forever. & it started raining.  

Wouldn’t it look cute if I drilled holes in the ends of the logs and put tealights in them?  Kinda scares me, can you say fire hazard?  Maybe I will do it and use battery powered ones hmmm.   The fir branches I picked up off the back patio.  How convenient that they had fallen out of our tree, good thing we hadn’t picked them up yet.



Last minute I decided I needed some lights, I added some that I had that kinda remind me of pine cones, perfect.  Love it!



Truthfully I am not finished with the mantel I plan to add big beefy trim to the bottom eventually but for now I wanted to share at some mantel parties and I ran out of time.  Stay tuned for how I built the mantel.

Merry Christmas friends!




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16 comments:

  1. Just beautiful!! I love your mantel! I need to show this to my hubs!!

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  2. OMG, this looks so good - faux is fab! I love the white against the pine cones - so gorgeous.

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  3. Really cute. I love the lantern and the box the logs are in.

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  4. It's perfect!! I love the way you decorated it too. I want one in my dining room! I wonder if my husband would help me put one together! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. I am totally not surprised! You are always so inspiring with your creations! Looks fabulous!

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  6. Hi Mimi, what a beautiful job you did at creating the mantle and absolutely adorable how you decorated it. I can't wait to find out how you made it. I've always wanted one too. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas. 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
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  7. please share how you built this mantel!!!!

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  8. I love the box with the logs & pretty lights, definately on my xmas wish list of things to do. You have great taste! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Brilliant idea about the box with the lights! I have black mantel and surround in my entry. . .and love it, but have always struggled with how to decorated that area where a fire should be. . . especially wanted the "look" of a fire at Christmas. I will definitely do this!!! Thank you!

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  10. It's absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! What kind of lights did you use????

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    1. Hi Christine! The lights I used are actually a strand of outdoor lights. I'm sorry to say I found them years ago on clearance. They have a sort of cage around the light bulb with pearl beads on it. I think a person could still get a the look with just regular x-mas lights though ;)

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  11. Where did you buy the beautiful garland?

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    1. Hello, I found it at Joann's Fabric Store with my 40% off coupon. I try to find garland that looks as real as possible.

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  12. Found this post on Pintrest, First time here. I like your blog.

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  13. Hello. I followed the crumbs from Pinterest!

    When my daughter was growing up I kept an old mantel stored in our basement. At the Christmas season we brought it upstairs and "installed" it in the living room for hanging stockings. Holiday ambience is worthy of a few tricks. Love yours!!

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  14. This is amazing! I always wanted a mantel. Love it!!

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