You know I like to change my mantel for the holidays and every year I try to make it a bit different, just using everyday objects around my house.
But this year, there's one element from last year's mantel that I couldn't leave out:
You might recall that Jason made me this Pottery Barn knock off last year and I fell in love with it.
So he's made his way up there again this year, but all of the other elements have changed. I tried to use objects around my house and I was trying to create a mantel with a vintage feel.
Here's what I came up with:
Once again, I used an old window for the backdrop.
You'll see a couple of the objects I picked up at the Salvation Army haul.
My little grapevine reindeer got a makeover with a red ribbon around is neck.
I placed a white pitcher in an old soda crate, filled the pitcher with branches that I spray painted red and filled the box with some pine branches. I added a few pine cones alongside the box.
I poured some Epsom salt into some old ball jars, added a candle and attached some fake holly to the jars. In case you're wondering, I got the fake holly from the poinsettia bouquet I shared with you in my Salvation Army haul video. If you missed it, you can watch it here. I still have a lot of it left so I can embellish my gifts this year.
Speaking of gifts, I wrapped a couple in simple brown paper packaging that I picked up from the dollar store. I tied ribbon on one and twine on the other and added little embellishments from a big box I have (mostly from the Salvation Army or from gifts I receive each year). I haven't made the tags yet, but these are real gifts. I'm not one for "faking" gifts for decorating.
I just don't like the thought of wasting the boxes or the wrapping paper so I use real gifts, for real people in my decorating. The challenge is not to forget to give them to the recipients!
Once the gifts were wrapped, I stacked them on top of an old Coca-Cola box.
I also filled a big vintage egg basket with pine cones and placed it on the floor. The Christmas ball tree sits on an old wash bucket. I debated keeping the Christmas ball tree in the display because it is more modern, but it lights up and Noah loves to look at it, so I kept it.
Finally, our stockings are usually a pewter blue color, but they are very shimmery and sparkly and I just didn't feel like they matched this year's mantel, so I set off to purchase some burlap stockings.
I was shocked by the prices! I couldn't find one less than $20! So I tried my hand at sewing once again and I guess I did okay because they at least LOOK like stockings.
I got my material at JoAnn Fabric and I spent less than $15 for all four stockings.
They were a bit plain, so I added some small wooden ornaments that my mom gave me from when I was a kid. I like the little detail and they gave the stockings more of a whimsical feel.
Each stocking has a unique wooden ornament.
Finally, on the left side on the floor, there is a little gold tree sitting on top of an old bucket. I also included a little copper pot that I filled with evergreens and tied a red ribbon on the front.