family room mantel
Our family room mantel is a challenge to decorate. It’s super narrow and surrounded by large windows. Since the width is next to nothing, I have to make the most of the height to create any kind of visual impact.
For our Christmas mantel, I started at the center with a fleur de lis stand wreath hanger. These things are the best invention evah. I hung a fresh wreath from it. Then laid some fresh greenery swags along the mantel.
On each side of the wreath are two chippy bark reindeer. I love their attitude. They add a touch of rustic whimsy.
Flanking the ends of the mantel are these awesome industrial looking glass jars that I found at (where else?) HomeSense.
I filled the jars with fresh greenery that I cut off of a backyard pine tree. Then I added my version of the Pottery Barn sheet music candles. For their version, you fork over $29 each for two 8″ pillars.
For my version, you take two candles you already have and wrap some sheet music around them and secure it with scotch tape on the back for free.
Behind the jars are some garage sale shutters that I spray painted Krylon’s Cherry Red (perfect Christmas red). I’ve been saving them for the right project and this was it. I love the way they “bookend” the mantel and add the perfect finishing touch.
Put it all together and there ya go. Easy as pie holiday mantel.