It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Time to decorate the Christmas mantle!
Ahh, the Christmas mantle! I grew up in Florida, so naturally, my childhood home didn’t have a fireplace. No fireplace = no mantle = one kid worrying about how Santa is going to make his way into the house. When I moved to good ol’ Carolina, I became enamored with my fireplace. Something that I thought of as just a romantic concept from Christmas movies was now a reality. I was basically living in a Christmas movie! Stockings were actually hung by the chimney with care! Y’all have no idea how exciting this is when you grew up thinking Santa just entered your house through the same boring old door that you enter through. There’s no magic in that. I’m just hoping that my kids are beyond the Santa age when they realize that our fireplace is gas burning and we don’t actually have a chimney, but for now the magical illusion lives on!
This year I took the cheap route and mostly used things I already owned. That gate never leaves my mantle. The candlesticks and books are part of my ever rotating prop collection. The greenery is compliments of a dwarf juniper bush that we’ve been meaning to remove for 2+ years- See, our procrastinating came in handy!
When we moved to our little house on the crick three Christmases ago, I did virtually nothing to our Christmas mantle except throw some stockings on it. I justified my lack of effort by saying it was “Christmas on the Farm” themed. I’ve stuck with this theme each year since. It just seems meant to be.
That little bronze mouse happened to be on my mantle for that very first Christmas. I shoved some garland in his mitts to make sense of it all, and a tradition was born. He’s our official Christmas mantle mascot.
I bought these wooden trees this year because I actually don’t own very much holiday décor beyond some stockings and ornaments. I love how they fit right into my existing décor and are neutral enough that I’ll like them for years to come.
While browsing Pinterest one day, I stumbled upon some really charming farm fresh Christmas tree signs. Apparently it’s a trend that I was completely unaware of because now I’m seeing them everywhere. Etsy has a bunch of options, and I’ve seen printables available for $5 but I was in a very stingy mood that day and didn’t want to fork over the cash. My husband and toddler were food shopping and the baby was napping, so I decided to whip one of these up myself. I had grand fantasies of putting this on a wood backing, but I ended up only having time to pop it in a float frame I had laying around. I still think it looks great though!
The gift tags on the gate have also been with me for every Christmas on the crick. I stuck them up there the first year, again as a way of holidaying my existing décor. I’ve looked for new tags each year to vary it up, but I haven’t found any that I like as much. I kind of have an aversion to change when it comes to holiday decorations. I like tradition and sentiment. There’s something comforting about knowing exactly where things always go, and these tags have for some reason become part of that for me.
This bag isn’t so much styled, but how cute is it?! I just shoved a standard pillow into an oversized gift bag. It’s super cute and the kids can’t destroy it. It’s a win for sure!
I’ve got a tutorial coming soon for DIY weathered wood bead garland. Stay tuned!
Well, that about covers it, Folks! I hope you enjoyed seeing our Christmas mantle. However you decide to decorate for the holidays, I hope it brings you that magical feeling of Christmas that this mantle brings me!