Lighting the Christmas tree feels like magic. It’s a sure sign of the Christmas season. But a close second is creating a beautiful Christmas mantel. There are so many creative ways to decorate.
Today I’m sharing simple tips to help you decorate your mantel. Don’t tell anyone, but you can totally pull this off for less than $20!
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How to create a Christmas Mantel
You’ll begin with your biggest piece. This will hang just above the mantel or be propped up near the middle.
I chose to use a wreath I had on hand. You can also buy a green wreath from a hardware store for less than $7.
Other options include a large frame, chalkboard, or pretty picture with a wintery scene.
You can add artsy words for an easy and frugal way to get in the spirit. It’s no secret that I love a good free printable. This time I chose this pretty option from Lolly Jane.
I also spelled out “Jolly” using my children’s blocks. Children’s magnets would be another easy option. Choose words that fit the season and your mood.
DIY Snowflake Craft
My family had a lot of fun with this one! We created our own snowflakes. Here’s how we did this simple craft.
I purchased crochet yarn and gathered school glue, wax paper, cardboard, some water, a pan, straight pins, glitter (in whatever color you want your snowflakes to be), and a printable snowflake from What Mommy Does.
I poured half the bottle of glue into the tin at a time. We added a bit of water to make it easy to work with. We probably added too much water. I’d stick with a dime sized drop of water in the middle of your glue.
Stir it up.
Cut your yarn to different lengths. You can work with one long string or several shorter strings. I found that one long string held together better, but that can be tougher for young ones to work with.
Set down your cardboard with the snowflake print out on top. Rip a sheet of wax paper to fit over the pattern. We pinned this down with straight pins.
Now pull your string across the wax paper in the pattern you want it to dry in. Be sure to overlap your string a few times so it will hold its shape once dry.
The middle of our snowflakes were a bit weak, and we ended up using some tape to make them work. Another idea would be to add some extra glue to the middle, straight from the bottle.
Immediately sprinkle on the glitter so it sticks.
Set each snowflake aside on wax paper. Let it dry for 24 hours.
When totally dry, carefully peel your snowflake from the wax paper. Be sure to hold it over another piece of wax paper or a pan to catch the extra glitter.
You can tape these up or hang them from string or fishing line to add to your decor.
You’ll want to choose two items of about the same height to frame either side of your mantel. I chose a basket I had in my kitchen. I put a flannel shirt in the bottom and clipped some branches from our pine tree to fill it.
On the other side, I borrowed a tall jar and filled it with ornaments in reds and golds.
Other options would be tall candles, mini Christmas trees, or pretty little shutters. Use what you have on hand. Or create something using what you have.
You can make any part of your home feel special by adding the warmth of light. I put some battery operated tea candles in jars. I also added a string of white lights.
Sticking with what I had on hand, I chose a few more toys that seemed Christmasy. A green tractor with a red wagon fits the season. A couple of nutcrackers. You could use old dolls, teddy bears, or whatever you have that is the right size and fits your color theme.
I used a cloth banner that I found at a craft sale for $3. If you don’t come across an awesome deal like that, there are other options. You can find free printable banners. Or create a simple one from burlap or fabric scraps. Have your kids thread popcorn and cranberries or make a paper chain.
Pull these ideas together and you’ll have a beautiful Christmas mantel at a bargain price.
Take a look around at items in your home that could take on a new meaning for Christmas.
What colors do you like to use in your Christmas decorating?
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