Christmas 2011 Mantel : Rustic and weathered

Guess who else is jumping on the rustic Christmas decor bandwagon? Bring on the burlap, baby! I tried to pull out all the old red and green stuff this year. I truly did. I stripped my mantel barenekkid and started adding red things to it, but the more I added, the uglier it got, so I took it all down and put my blue stuff back up along with a few other pieces to really weather it out. So here is where I landed– somewhere between Pottery Barn and Country Living with a twist of Vermont.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (1 of 27)

I don’t know why that picture above has such a yellow cast to it that I can’t seem to photochop out. Here is a better shot of the actual wall color (but I like the fact that my Christmas tree is showing in the pic above so I’m using it anyway!) Wouldn’t you know the shot with the best composition has the worst exposure. Eh well.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (2 of 27)

I’m glad that I put away the red this year, because this mantel makes me extremely happy. It makes me wish we would get three feet of snow and Christmas carolers a-knocking on the door. But considering where I live, I doubt either of those will ever happen.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (5 of 27)

Lemme break down this mantel decor for you really quick:

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (8 of 27)

In the middle is the light blue wood and wrought iron piece that I got from Hobby Lobby last year. I used a piece of grey wood paneling leftover from our old lake cabin remodeling project as another layer to hang the boxwood wreath. I never thought this grey paneling would come in handy again, but here it is. Sometimes it pays to be a hoarder. Actually it was being used as a backerboard for one of J’s window shadowboxes so it still has some velcro stuck on it around the edges. I’m not too concerned about it. Even though it’s as fake as can be, in this small of a dose I think it gives the illusion of being a few old pieces of barnwood.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (17 of 27)

Layered over that is a DIY Boxwood wreath made from the square thing that holds the garbage bags in the outdoor trash can. No joke!


I just followed the same pattern as all my other DIY evergreen wreaths and wired bundles of boxwoods around it like this:


And once it was all together I gave it a big haircut to give it more of a square shape then added two pieces of burlap and a star hanging in the middle. Very very simple. To dress it up a little I hung a Blair Witch Project type bundle of sticks adorned with a copper reindeer ornament and two jingle bells from last year’s Polar Express ride.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (20 of 27)

In front of it all I stacked two fake birch bark candle holders with tealights inside. `

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (11 of 27)

And on either side are my two pretty little silver compliment jars bought from Rhoda’s Biltmore Inspiration’s Party. I love these!

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (8 of 27)

On the right are more fake birch bark candles recycled from last year’s mantel. Then I found these two double circle thingies (official term) that reminded me of french wire snowmen.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (16 of 27)

I realize snowmen have three circles, so I guess these are more like decapitated snowmen thingies. Or, one legged stick figures? Anyway, I liked their shape, so I stuck them up there to round things out. I’m thinking I’ll put my Christmas cards into the wire part when they start rolling in. Underneath are two fake boxwood topiaries that usually live in my dining room. Mixing fake plants with real plants is one of the simplest ways to trick people into believing you used all real stuff. Hopefully.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (10 of 27)

On the left is the Alabama Estate Sale blue lantern with the dirt knocked off of it. It’s such a pretty blue once I cleaned it up!

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (9 of 27)

So there you go. That’s pretty much it. Oh, and underneath it all I stuck the DIY Ruffled burlap garland that I made for my fall mantel.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (7 of 27)

I hung the two Leland cypress wreaths I made over the weekend on the two doors on either side of the fireplace. For a second I thought about decorating them with something, but then I decided I liked them just as they are. Hang loose, Leland.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (19 of 27)

The other one looks nice with my tree in the background.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (6 of 27)

And I dumped some gold glittery ornaments in a basket along with some white lights for a little extra glow on the hearth.

Christmas Mantel 2011 from (18 of 27)

And there you have it. My 2011 Christmas mantel all finished. Can’t wait to see all the other pretty mantels out there on the link parties this year. Merry Christmas y’all!

Linking up at these great parties!
Southern Hospitality’s Christmas Mantel Party
Home Stories of A to Z Christmas Mantel Party
Centsational Girls Holiday Craft Link Party
The Inspired Room Christmas Home Tours

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  1. GretchenP says:

    nice! the gold ornaments and lights are super cute! they just screamed: pin me! 🙂

  2. Rustic is my absolute favorite way to decorate. I just can’t get enough of it! Your mantel looks fabulous!

  3. Very pretty! I love the boxwood wreath. I’d love to try that. Huge fan of burlap although I have yet to use it. crazy, huh?

  4. I am LOVD says:

    Your results are very calming and light and airy. I can see what you mean by omitting the red this year. Great results.

  5. Kim @ NewlyWoodwards says:

    Very pretty! Love the mantel and I again love the lights in a container with the ornaments. Too much fun!

  6. Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Beautiful. I love that basket of lighted ornaments. I might have to borrow that idea. 😉

  7. very, very nice. One thing though, take that basket with the golden ornaments, the one on the floor and turn it around so that the cord shows less 😉

  8. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy says:

    Thanks so very much everyone! I did the basket of ornaments last year in my dough bowl and it was an instant centerpiece.

    @lifeinbenzie- I know right? I look at that picture and all I see is cord. But I’m way too lazy to retake the photo and upload a new one so just imagine it cordless in your mind. 🙂

  9. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    The blue does look fantastic. I like the layers you did in the centre with the piece of wallboard (which I totally thought was a rustic piece of wood) and the square wreath.

  10. Oh, wow, everything looks so fresh and pretty. Love it!!

  11. Your mantle looks great! The right combination of interesting stuff but without too much clutter! And the wreath looks great!

  12. Merry Greetings, Beth!

    I think your mantle is GORGEOUS! What a fabulous job you did. Real eye candy. Enjoy the season…

    Wishing you and yours a Happy Christmas,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas



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