I always love changing things around on my mantel, but never
more than at Christmas time. I never liked the wreath that
I've hung over the mantel the last five years and wasn't sure what I
was going to do to replace it. Then I remembered my Grandmother's antique mirror that I hadn't hung in years. I got it out, hung it up and it was perfect.
Next, I needed something for the middle of the mantel with some
height. I was thinking some type of candleholders and found these
three at Goodwill for $1.49 each and red candles from
Dollar Tree for $1 each. This is my idea of affordable decorating.
The mantel is balanced by a small lamp on one end and
an antique looking clock on the other.
My garland is an inexpensive artificial garland, but I spruced it up by adding clusters of red berries, sprigs of glittery red fern, and artificial pomegranates. The pomegranates I purchased this week at Pier One on clearance for only $.68 each. I found them online and the website tells you which area stores still have
them in stock. I wanted to use them for Christmas decorating in various areas of my home, so it took me visiting 3 stores to collect the 27 that I bought, but at that price, it was another inexpensive way to decorate. After attaching everything to the garland, I sprayed small areas with clear "Tacky Spray" and sprinkled artificial snow on it before it dried.
I change out all the lamp shades in my living room at Christmas to red which gives the room an instant transformation and Christmas look. I usually leave them on until Valentine's Day to give the room a punch of color through the dreary days
of winter. I saw this idea at our Saks Fifth Avenue store last year. I was amazed how simple their Christmas decor was, but all their table lamps had red lamp shades, giving the entire store a very classy look and Christmas glow.
The last touch is to add the stockings waiting to be filled with surprises.
I'm linking with
Cottage Instincts for "Make it 4 Monday"
The House in the Roses for "Show off Your Cottage Monday"
Between Naps on the Porch for "Deck the Halls"
Dittle Dattle for "Amaze Me Monday"
Centsational Girl for "Holiday Home Craft Party"