Christmas Mantel | Vintage, Paint and more...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Mantel

Vintage, Paint and more...Christmas mantel decor with DIY stockings, glittered monograms, diy'd trees, old book pages and book page wreath

Hi everyone,
The computer is finally working.  What a long process this has been. I have been working diligently on our Christmas decor while trying to get this whole mess fixed. So, today I will show you my Christmas mantle.
I was in a fairly industrious mood this year
and decided to make most of my decor. I wanted a little more of a vintage, homespun, glitzy look (is there such a thing?)
I'll walk you through it......

Vintage, Paint and more.. Christmas mantel with diy stockings and glittered monograms, diy JOY sign of paper and paint

Let's begin with the stockings. I wanted new ones this year and so decided to make them.
I had seen several kind on pinterest and
throughout the blogosphere that I liked made of burlap. So, I decided to make mine similar but I used drop cloths to make them and good old sheets for the cuffs.
Then I added the glitz - gold glittered initials for each one. I love them - they turned out just as I had pictured them in my mind.

Vintage, Paint and more... diy burlap tree with red beads, silk cord tree

Let's get a close-up look of the top of the mantle first. I fell in love with all the little trees I had been seeing on pinterest
and went a little crazy making them this year. They are so easy and you can find a tutorial for them here.  This little one was made out of upholstery cording. The larger one is made out of burlap. Both are sitting on painted candlesticks.
The burlap one is sitting on my old books
along with one of my Santas. (I collect Old World Santas)
Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas mantel with diy'd trees of burlap, fun fur yarn and silk cord

Next, are the Dollar Tree candlesticks I made. These were so simple and easy but actually make a nice addition to the mantle.
Next to them is one of the little trees I made. This one is made from a fancy furry yarn I had hanging around here waiting for something to be done with it.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas Mantel with diy'd trees of fun fur yarn and felt triangles with gold beads, JOY sign of wood and paper

In the center of the mantle is the JOY sign.
This is a wood cutout that I had from my old
scrap booking days. I simply decoupaged some scrapbook paper on it and then outlined it with gold glitter glue. The easel is also put together, painted, then glittered.  Such a pretty addition to this area.

Vintage, Paint and more... diy'd trees with felt and gold beads and gold cord

The tree next to the JOY sign is another one I made.  This one is made from felt and gold 
beads.  It also stands on a painted candlestick.  The little gold tree is made from gold cording I had here.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas mantel with diy gold cord tree and vintage Santa

One of the Old World Santas brings up the end of the mantle display.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas mantel with diy stockings and glittered monograms, diy'd trees of felt, fun fur yarn, silk and gold cords and burlap, vintage Santas, wood and paper JOY sign

I really like this mantle with its vintage, homespun, glitzy look......

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas mantel with vintage Santas and sleigh,  brown paper wrapped packages

On the hearth are two more Santas along with a small sled and a teddy bear Miss A placed there.  We are wrapping our packages in brown craft paper with red and gold ribbons this year. My husband thinks I'm silly but, I do like that look.....

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas mantel with vintage Santa

On the left side of the heart is one of my favorite Santas - a gift from my sister several years ago.

Vintage, Paint and more... Christmas Mantel with diy stocking from drop cloth, diy trees of burlap, felt, silk and gold cord, fun fur yarn, book page wreath, vintage Santas and diy JOY sign

I really love the mantle this year -with its
homespun, glitzy look....I had a lot of fun making most of this and will be adding a few tutorials later this week.

I have a lot to catch up on here and will definitely try to catch you all up on the fun.....

Are you done with all your decorating yet?
I have a couple more things to do this week
and then I think I can say I am done.....

Until next time enjoy creating something you love.

Click here to see the parties I am linking to this week.
Please visit them and see all the great projects and inspiration found there.... 


  1. I am loving all your decor. I can't pick what my favorite item is. I love your stocking and the different trees you've made. Great job!!

    1. Thank you so much I had such a fun time making it all and I went a little tree crazy this year.... thanks for stopping by.....

  2. Hi Cathy, I love your Christmas decor especially the felt tree, the little gold tree, and your stockings. I also love that book page wreath above the mantel. Thanks so much for linking up at Transformed Tuesday. Glad to have you and I'm a new follower.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and following. The felt tree is my husband's favorite also....I love the book page wreath also and get many comments on it from people who visit my home and my blog.....

  3. I love the soft colours of your mantle!
    Did you make those lovely trees?
    They are so pretty!!
    Have a wonderful holiday season :)

  4. Thank you so much - I did make the trees. They were so easy to make and such fun that I got a little wild with them, lol.....

  5. wow, so many pretty handmade things! I love your book page/music page wreath! Did you make that too? and all your lovely trees - so pretty!

    Thanks for linking up at A Homemade Christmas!

  6. I definitely had fun making our decor this year. The book page wreath I made this summer but, think it may be there permanently. Thank you for stopping by.....

  7. It's all very pretty especially the trees!
    Thanks for linking up to the Christmas Mantel Linky Party at Embracing Change!

  8. Thank you so much - we really love the little trees.... thank you for hosting such a fun party....

  9. Hello - I just discovered your fab blog! I love this post - Christmas is my favourite holiday! I've just started a blog on my website and will look at yours as a great role model! Thank you! Vicki

  10. Hi Cathy I love that burlap tree! I actually just made one - a WestElm knockoff that I'm about to put on the blog later this week. I can't get enough burlap! I hope you'll come back over to the Link it or Lump It Link Prty this week and link up again!

  11. Cathy this is a great sign- it looks fabulous up there on the mantel with the trees! Thank you so much for linking up with us at Get Your DIY On. I hope you'll join us tomorrow with your table decor :)