Friday, November 23, 2012

Joy to the Mantle

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hey girls,

When it comes to my Christmas decorations, I must admit, I'm kind of a one trick wonder.  As in, "remember how the decorations looked last year?  Well, that's how they are going to look this year."  This weekend, in preparation for holiday repeating decorating, I fell right back into my old habits.  First step:  clear off the mantle.  All year round, it's usually filled with a bunch of mercury glass chotchkies that I can't stop buying.  (I may need an intervention for a shiny-thing addiction).  I cleared them all off to make room for the Santas that I usually line the mantle with.  And this is how it looked all cleared off and ready for some holiday joy:

It's a pretty narrow mantle.  I have dreams about building it out someday.
I was headed down to the basement for the tub of Santas when I caught a glimpse of those mercury glass items.  So shiny.  So pretty.  So perfect for Christmas, right?  And then it occurred to me...use the mercury glass.  After I lined all the chotchkies back up, I was tempted to hang some stockings and call that mantle done, but then I remembered Mrs. Gosling's letter project.  I figured I could make some shiny letters, stick them on the mantle, and totally pull off my new Christmas decorations theme:  "You know how the house looks everyday?  Well, that is basically how it is going to look at Christmas too."  It turns out that it is really easy to add a little joy to your mantle (or anywhere, really).  Here's how:

1.  Head to the craft store and get shopping:

  • Cardboard letters (I bought JOY because I'm cheap.  It's only three letters.)
  • Paint (silver)
  • Ribbon (for the edges)
  • Scrapbook paper (I bought a variety and ended up just using the sparkly stuff - shocker.)

2.  Paint.  My little helper and I painted the back and edges.
After this season, I think I'll just display "Yo."

3.  Cut out the paper.  Might I suggest tracing it backwards, unlike this photo when I cut out the J totally wrong.

4.  Glue the paper letters onto the cardboard letters.  Then, line the edges with ribbon.  
Here's the letter before I glued the ribbon around the edges.

Not too tricky...just add glue and press the ribbon down.

5.  Decorate the mantle.  I ended up pulling out some of my sparklier holiday decorations too.  

This project was so easy, I might even attempt some other festive words for the mantle...jolly, noel, egg nog.  Oh, the possibilities are endless.

The Lettered Cottage

Sending you lots of joy,

Mrs. Kelly Comment:  I love your mantle.  I love that the kids helped make it but it still looks super chic...and it was affordable.  That's how I roll.  Champagne mantle on a ginger ale budget.  I'm in the spirit!

Mrs. Gosling comment:  Your mantle sparkles just like you .....  hee hee!  Seriously, it's very pretty and I always love how you have the boys helping!!!! 


Natasha said...

I am always looking for fun things to do with my kids. LOVE this project -- simple, pretty and easy to work with any style.

Naptime Notebook said...

Thanks Natasha! Totally agree. You can be chic and have kids. Better yet, you can involve them in the process. Happy holidays!

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