Christmas Mantle

December 12, 2011

Last week I had fun fluffing up the fireplace and getting it ready for Christmas. I didn’t do as much decorating as I normally do for Christmas this year, but I did manage to do a little here and there.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I started on this coffee filter wreath (see tutorial here). After many hours of burned fingers (and maybe a few swear words), I finished it!
I used huge filters from my sister’s coffee shop, so the wreath turned out really big and full, which I like.

I made this “Peace” pillow out of burlap. For the wording, I printed out the lettering onto cardstock (thick) paper, then cut out the letters to create a stencil. Then placed the stencil on the pillow and dabbed red craft paint on the burlap. Super easy.
  

I made these ornaments for a little Christmas tree that sets on a cabinet in our family room. I used old round ornaments that I no longer liked, covered them with strips of sheet music that I soaked in equal parts Elmer’s glue and water, then sprinkled them with Epson salt to make them sparkle a bit. Then I tied them onto the tree with red ribbon.
This is a great way to re-use ornaments that aren’t in great shape or are the wrong color.

Hope you enjoyed a little peek into my house!


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