Holiday Home Series: Our Christmas Mantle 2011 {Tutorial}






Today, I finished up our 2011 Christmas mantle.
It began with our stockings from Ballard Designs.








Yesterday's post was dedicated to the art of hanging stockings and how to get them to hang straight.
Please (click here) if you would like to read more.








The reindeer antlers were a summer garage sale find.  I gave them the glitter treatment with Krylon gltter blast spray paint.  I've have been waiting 6 months to see them on our Christmas mantle.  That makes me sound kinda crazy, doesn't it?








If you would like to create your own glittered reindeer antlers, please click here for a simple tutorial.  








The greenery is a combination of fresh greens from the front yard and faux leaves from The Dollar Tree.  (Click here to see my post on using greens from your yard to decorate your home for free)




































Here is how it came together:

1.  First, I gathered fresh greens from the front yard and wove them loosely around the antlers. 


 
(2 Authentic Reindeer Antlers ~my neighbors garage sale)



2.  I added faux leaves for interest and variation in texture.


 
(5 faux bay leaf sprays ~The Dollar Tree)



3.  Glittered red ornaments and faux berries added a bright pop of color. 


 (5 faux berries ~Walmart)


(Red Glittered Ornaments ~Sams Club)


4.  Using fishing line from my sons tackle box, I suspended 5 three dimensional snowflake ornaments over the display.  I used invisible packing tape to hang them from the ceiling.  You may wish to use removable command hooks to keep the tape from pulling up the ceiling paint :)



(5 3D Snowflake ornaments ~The Dollar Tree)






Thank you to Jennifer Perkins, the DIY Editor over at Blogher for featuring my 2011 Christmas Mantle over at Blogher.  Click here to check it :)  

To view the entire Holiday Home Series, please click here.
For information on my affordable online design services, please click here

Merry Christmas!





48 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the antlers! What a great touch!

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  2. Ahhhh...so very pretty!!! Love the snowflakes and the antlers.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  3. Very pretty, and love the use of the black silhouettes. Very elegant:)

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  4. Hi Sarah
    Am really enjoying your Holiday Home Series.
    Love the black silhouettes especially since you have one of your sweet dog ♥

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  5. Sarah, this is exquisite and should be in a magazine. I love everything about it!

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  6. Very beautiful mantel. I luv the snowflakes. The Dollar Tree? Must check that one out. Hubs saw me reading this post and said "Don't even come close to MY ANTLERS" Humm he does read my mind. So NO antlers in our decor.....at least not this year:)

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  7. Sarah, You mantle is so happy, festive and so unique! I love those antlers! I would have grabbed them up too! Wonderful! I have been perusing yours oh, so inspiring blog and am a new follower. You are also going on my side bar so I can visit often!
    Yvonne

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  8. Your mantle is so festive and beautiful! I love the antlers and all of the happy colors - it made me smile just looking at it. :-)

    Off to check out the rest of your series! (I'm your newest follower)

    Jenny
    www.evolutionofstyleblog.blogspot.com

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  9. Absolutely beautiful!! I love it!! Great job!

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  10. Featured this on my blog today :)
    www.craftingrebellion.com

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  11. This is beautiful! I so wish we didn't have a huge TV over our mantel so I could do cool things like this. Simply lovely.

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  12. Went to the Dollar Tree and they didn't have the 3d snowflakes...when did you purchase them?

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  13. This is the most beautiful mantel, hands down, that I have ever seen.

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  14. Just found your blog, your Christmas mantel is simply stunning! I love the traditional colors and fun polka dots with a little leopard mixed in! Beautiful! New follower :)

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  15. love those snowflakes the best, and the reds really pop on the black.

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  16. gorgeous! love the stockings and antlers!

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  17. I LOVE the stockings with the leopard accent! This is so bold and graphic...a real stunner of a mantel!

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  18. Good grief I love this mantle. Everything about it-you did a beautiful job layering textures and I'm a teensy bit obsessed with those antlers!New follower, so happy I found your blog!

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  19. Dying...in a good way! Ballard and sillouettes, fabulous!! Great job.

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  20. I just love your mantel - it makes me smile. The stockings, the snowflakes, the antlers - love it all!

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  21. Beautiful! I love your combination of colors and the addition of some bling and personalized touch with the antlers. Very nice!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  22. Love the antlers!! I want some in my home.
    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/
    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.

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  23. You mantle is fabulous!!! I absolutely love those antlers!!
    I'd love for you to link up to my first Holiday Party!!
    http://ablondesdiylife.blogspot.com/2011/12/its-holiday-party.html

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  24. the stockings are so incredibly perfect! I'm jealous :)

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  25. This is amazing - really stands out! Love the antlers (no, you're not crazy to wait excitedly for 6 months to use them!) and the silhouettes with the red matting. The stockings are similar to mine too! Great job and following along.
    Kelly

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  26. Your mantel is so cute! Love your big antlers! Your silhouettes are darling and I see your dog too! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. Ohhhh, the antlers are fabulous. I also love the red mats on your silhouettes. Very pretty!

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  28. So fun and festive! The colors and textures are fabulous! Merry Christmas!

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  29. Just wanted to stop back and say I pinned this and linked it on my FB page - just love it!
    Kelly

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  30. So pretty! The black and red are striking!

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  31. Absolutely love it! Those antlers are just precious. And the polk-a-dot stockings are so cute against the black fireplace. Job well done! I'll be featuring you in my favorite picks from the mantel link party!

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  32. Beautiful. I love those silhouettes! Great job on it all.

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  33. This is truly my favorite Christmas mantel I've seen. It's just stunning. Happy holidays! ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty, apopofpretty.com

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  34. I love this mantle on so many different levels! From the antlers to the framed silhouettes to the fun stockings .... Just beautiful!

    Merry Christmas!

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  35. Your mantel is absolutely lovely! I think it is really fun that our mantels combine so many similar elements, but with the different color schemes, they have totally different effects. Terrific job!

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  36. One of my favorites!!! Linked back to you in a little post on my blog :) http://sidebysideblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-mantel-ideas.html

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  37. LOVE your stockings!! Everything looks great!!!

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  38. I need to get to the Dollar Store for those snowflakes!! Love your mantle!

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  39. So elegant and well done. :) Your stockings are adorable!

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  40. Wow I love this. Not usually a fan of antlers but yours look amazing. It completes the whole look. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now. http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-it-up-wednesday-6.html

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  41. Absolutely amazing and so festive for the eyes! You chimed in a black fireplace perfect with this one!

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 111. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150498919221141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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  42. I have to admit, I am feeling a bit envious right now. FANTASTIC job! :) Following you now..and on FB.

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  43. That is amazing! My husband hunts, so he would be in heaven with a mantel like this. I adore the antlers!!!

    I would love for you to show it off at Find YOur Craft Friday!!!

    http://thequickjourney.blogspot.com/2011/12/find-your-craft-friday-features-and.html

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  44. Nice. I love the stockings.http://pam-lifethroughmyeyes.blogspot.com/

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  45. What a fantastic mantel! We'll be featuring you over at www.TheRoosterAndTheHen.com tomorrow as part of our 12 Days of Unique Christmas Decor - thanks for making an awesome mantel!

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  46. Anyone know of a good tutorial for the silouettes? Those look so great!! Beautiful decor!

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