I Did Something Different on My Mantle

For years, I have done the same thing to decorate my mantle for Christmas. I usually can’t even start most of my decorating until we get our tree. I use the branches we cut off the bottom around the house.

Well, this year I didn’t want to wait that long since the season is so short. So… I marched myself right out to the woods behind our house and got me some decorations. (Be sure you read that last sentence with a strong southern accent. That helps to make it sound grammatically correct.) You can read about that adventure here.

IMG_2411 I laid the lights down first.  Then I laid the pine branches over the lights. 

IMG_2474 Next, came the cedar branches. Those are the pokiest things. I itched for hours!

IMG_2472I picked up two grocery sacks of huge pine cones the last time we were at the lake. I used four of them right smack in the center.

I wanted some candles, so I placed two bottles with white candles on each side. I think I’m going to change them to red, to add some color.

IMG_2473 I cut the suckers off the bottom of a Crape Myrtle to make this star garland. 

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The stockings were made years (really stretch out saying the word “years”) ago. 

I wanted to do a glitter Nativity on the mirror, but mine didn’t turn out that well. I opted for this instead. 

IMG_2468 I have a tradition of putting up a nativity scene on the mantle. It just feels right.  

Next week, I will show you how I made the star garland and how I did the chalkboard. 

IMG_2470 Here’s a look at the whole mantle. 

IMG_2469 From the side. 

IMG_2476All lit up! I love the shadows it casts!

IMG_2477 Oh look! You can see the two outside lights through the window!

Bright light just went on in my head! I just feel like it needs something to the sides of the chalkboard. I know what I’m gonna do! You (I’m pointing my finger at you) will just have to see next week. 

So much more to do! Gotta go so I can get it all done before we go get our tree tonight!  

Until next week,                                                                                                                                         Jayne

Coming soon a Christmas tour of the house and something of the heart!

About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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2 Responses to I Did Something Different on My Mantle

  1. Very nice! The chalkboard looks nifty!

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