Tuesday, November 30, 2010

quniby cottage christmas mantel

hey y'all! i'm joining the mantel party over at the lettered cottage today.
there will be no lack of creativity so go over and have a look if you are
needing some inspiration for your own christmas mantel.

i kept it pretty simple this year. no garland or lights, just a
few things gathered from around the house.

on each end i have a small frazier fur (fake) wrapped in burlap and
tied with some of my favorite ribbon.

i threw a couple of empty white frames i had laying around, along with a lone
white candle, next to one fake frazier fur.

i once swore, by the way, that a fake christmas tree would never
cross the threshold of any home in which i lived. never say never, right?

that changed this year. not only are these little cuties on the mantel
fake but our tree is fake. i think it pains pastor j more than me. like me, he loves
the scent of a freshly cut tree.
anyway, more on that later! back to the topic at hand. . .

on the other end three more candles, all wrapped in burlap and twine
to add a bit more texture and interest, along with a more natural
the candle holder i picked up from ikea when
i went for my butcher block. it was shiny and white so i
distressed it, of course, and rubbed my fave walnut
stain over the whole thing.
much better.

i picked up the letters for the JOY sign at hobby lobby for pennies
on the dollar, painted and distressed them, and hot glued
them to some jute.
beneath the mirror. . . three simple, tattered, green books.

i have two more stockings to replace (how do stockings disappear over
the course of the 11 months they sit in a plastic bin
in the attic?) and then it'll be done.

also, i painted the back door black. did you notice?
it makes such a difference! the interior of all our exterior doors
are now black and now i am seriously thinking
about painting all my interior doors black. too much? :)

enjoy the mantel party! check in periodically for all the new links, you are sure
to see lot's of amazing ideas!

The Lettered Cottage


  1. This is very pretty!

  2. I love the simplicity and style of your mantel! The rustic touches are perfect, and I love that banner :) And yes, the door trim looks amazing black!

  3. That is gorgeous. I have a ton of those little trees and I love putting them in different places. I like your door painted black. It does make it pop out more (at least in the pictures)!

  4. You are very crafty - well done! Love your black doors and I say go for it - do the interior doors as well! Thanks for sweet comment today:)

  5. The JOY letters are adorable and I love the burlap, rustic elements!

  6. I like your burlap. I think I'll wrap some candles like you've done. Love it with the red and white ribbon too!

  7. I so love how you used those frames and always love me some burlap! I'm your new follower:)


    I’m hosting an Christmas Open House on 12/9…would love to have you come by and join in on the fun!

  8. Cute idea to wrap the candles in burlap and twine. What a great rustic look!

  9. That mannequin in the chair looks strikingly like Pastor J! I think mice eat the stockings. As for mantle decorations--yours look absolutely great! I, however, lack a mantle and a windowsill just doesn't have the same effect. *sigh* Keep up the good work of inspiring us.