Yeah! Today/tomorrow is the day that the Christmas parties are going to start for real. All Christmas decoration-addicts are gathering this Tuesday over at Layla’s and Kevin’s place, also known as the Lettered Cottage, for the Christmas Mantel Party. And I am so crashing that party with my radiator cover.
I wrote about it last year too, about how much I long for a mantel around Christmas time (or every other day in the year for that matter). And this year is no different, especially since I just realized that in all the houses I have lived in so far, none of them had a fireplace or a mantel. Oh, I feel so left out.
But what the heck I can pretend to have a mantel….
And so I did. Or do….
s I told you yesterday. This year my Christmas decorations are going to be natural and laid back and more simple and subtle. (And for the most part free too as in I am using what I already have).
But that doesn’t mean that there will be no glitter or sparkle. That would be taking it too far.
For my ‘mantel’ decoration this year I chose white and silver and the browns of branches and pinecones.
I sprayed my homemade twiggy wreath with some faux snow, strung my leftover pinecones into a garland and dusted them with snow-out-of-a-can too.
I painted the old French mirror I had in my craft room white and used it as the focal point for this mantel vignette.
My mercury glass candle sticks and lanterns provide the sparkle along with some silver and white glass balls (I bought those at last years after-after-Christmas sales. Funny I didn’t even know then that I was going all silver and white this year).
Some extra small pinecones scattered around bring back the browns among the silver.
The only thing that is new in this vignette is this string of LED lights with pearls. I found it for a song at our version of Home Depot (for the Dutchies: de lichtjes is het enige dat ik voor dit sfeerhoekje nieuw gekocht heb en ik vond ze voor een vriendelijk prijsje bij de Praxis)
Of course I almost got out the white paint to repaint the radiator cover, because I am so tired of the yellow color of our woodwork and it clashed with my freshly painted white mirror. But I stopped myself just in time. 2011 will be here fast enough and repainting every bit of wood in our house is on the list already for the new year.
Yeah, this really was quite an easy new look to pull off, and I really love how the rustic natural color tones harmonize with the sparkly silver.
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And make sure you check in here too, because I have more zero budget, natural with a bling-bling twist and homemade Christmas decorations in store for you.