Saturday, December 03, 2011
My Green Christmas Mantle
Last week I told you about my love for the Christmas colors of green, white, silver & gold, so this week I''m going to show you how I put those colors to use while decorating my fireplace mantle for Christmas. I hope you enjoy the mantle-scape, and feel free to ask me any questions.
I flanked either side of the mantle with different types of floral greenery. On the left I filled a tall glass vase with curly willow branches, silk hydrangeas, and frosted green berries. I hung green, white and silver ornaments on the willow branches and filled the vase with clear glass filler. I finished off the vase with a fabric bow I made from fabric that looks like sheet music. I have to say, I really love how this turned out. My living room is 2 stories tall and this piece really added a lot of height, sparkle and texture.
On the right side I placed a live small Norfolk Pine on a white pedestal cake plate and placed it in a vintage Christmas planter. There are small gold ornaments(from the dollar store) on the pine and a glittered bottle brush wreath just in front of it. I couldn't resist these green glittered Santa boots when I saw them :)
I hung a fresh evergreen garland under the mantle and fixed it to hooks with wide satin ribbon. The bright sage green is so pretty on the dark evergreens. Whenever I'm using fresh evergreens I actually soak them in cold water first and let them drain before I hang them up. This way I know they start out as fresh as possible. The smell is incredible :)
In the center I placed three tall silver candlesticks and topped them with silver and gold votive holders (instead of pillars). The votives just added one more element of sparkle and the candle flames are now proteced.
Next to the vase I placed an apothecary jar filled with green glittered ornaments (from the dollar store) and wrapped more green satin ribbon around the top of the lid, this turned out so nice for the little effort and money that it cost. I already had the jar, and the ribbon was left over from the bows I made for the garland.
I took two bunches of fresh evergreens from the grocery store floral dept ($5 each) and spread them around the mantle after I had the pieces where I wanted them and then strung two strings of random twinkle lights throughout the entire mantle-scape. I have to say, this might be my favorite part. It looks like little magic fairies dancing in the evergreens.
A close up of the mercury glass candlestick, votive holder and the twinkle lights :)
I just fell in love with this sweet little silver and mica birdie ornament I found in a garden boutique, so he found his way onto the willow :) Someone like him would make a lovely hostess or teacher gift wrapped in sweet little box, he cost me $3.95
I realized that my mantle was taking on a sort of magical fairy forest look when I hung 6 of these green and gold eggs from the willlow branches :) You know that sweet silver bird must have hatched from one of these :)
To complete the magic fairy forest I hung this sparkling glass pinecone, and the sparkly snowflakes they catch the light so beautifully.
So from my home to yours, I wish you a sparkly, magical, and joyful Christmas :)