Good morning all! Today is the day I finally get to show you my mantel! I’ll be honest with you. I threw 2 maybe 3 fits about this on the floor (like a toddler) I think I might have even cried once! Please tell me I’m not the only one who throws fits over decorating! But I won’t knock the fit throwing, because I am totally in love with my mantel aka piano! Since I don’t have a fireplace in this house the piano has taken on that roll, it all started with my fall piano decor. To be quite honest, I’m kinda liking it more than my previous fireplace mantels because it is deeper! Enough talking… let’s take a look at all these pictures I took ; )
A Rustic Christmas Mantel
My absolute favorite favorite part about this are these last minute stockings I whipped up in under an hour! Seriously… aren’t they awesome. I’m not usually one to toot my own horn, but I absolutely LOVE them!! There is a tutorial coming soon : ) You will laugh at how easy they are! The first thing my sister asked was how I got them to stay up there…. I used a nail. I know I know… I hammered a nail into my piano. Well..it was free. It’s already pretty banged up, and I can just use wood filler if I want. I didn’t nail them down to far so you couldn’t actually put things in the stockings and leave them there. We always fill our stockings on Christmas eve and then I take them down anyways because most stocking holders don’t hold much weight. Feel free to use your stocking holders though ; )
So while I was throwing fits.. I mean decorating the piano I really wanted to pull the same elements from my Rustic Glam Christmas Tree I shared with you earlier this week. So I had the Drop Cloth Tree Garland I made, so I knew I wanted drop cloth incorporated… that is how the stockings were born. Yes, those bad boys are made out of drop cloth! I used several scrap pieces of drop cloth I had, but basically I got 5 stockings for around $10… yes please!!
Even though my tree isn’t real… it certainly looks real doesn’t it? So that is why I went with the real garland this year. I can’t believe this is the first time I have ever decorated for Christmas with REAL garland! I was truly missing out.
First I got some pine and it just wasn’t doing it for me… I ended up using Red Cedar Garland and I am smitten! It smells so good and it’s just plain beautiful! You might recognize the pine cones on there, it is actually a garland I bought from Michael’s you can find that on my tree as well! I love how it brings in just a little bit of red with some gold shimmer. It was just perfect for my whole decor vision I had this year!
Obviously I had to incorporate mason jars, why you ask? Because they are mason jars, hehe! I actually bought a big box of these old rusted mason jars at a yard sale. The lady kinda looked at me like, “I can’t believe someone is actually buying these” … as if they set them out as a joke and bet on how many people would pass them by. Of course I’ll take them! I used them on my fall mantel, now here… I’m sure they will be popping up throughout 2014 too!
The wreath just started off as a plain rattan wreath from Hobby Lobby and that’s nothing a little spray paint can’t fix right?? Essentially I wanted it to look like it snowed on the wreath with gold and glitter. It’s really hard to get that detail in the picture, but here’s the tutorial if you want to see how it’s done ; )!
So there it is… my Rustic Christmas Mantel. I hope you love it as much as I do!