Christmas Mantel Decor

by Alli

To say I’m crazy about Christmas decor is an understatement and I always look forward to decorating my house and our church.  If Santa’s elves would help me put it all away once Christmas is over, I’d enjoy it even more.

Last Christmas I talked my son-in-law (aka one of our associate pastors) into building a huge faux fireplace for the stage in our sanctuary.  This year we had other things going on up there so I begged, pleaded and cajoled him into cutting it down to fit in the fellowship hall (much lower ceiling, much smaller room).  I moved things around to accommodate our new faux fireplace and I really like how it turned out so I thought I’d share a few pics with you.

I wanted to create a snowy Christmas scene with touches of red and blue.  Making the snow globes was the most fun of all.  I always shop my house for items I’ve used in the past.  It’s fun to create an entirely new look by reusing decor from previous years.

Christmas Mantle Decor

Funny Story:  I directed a wedding at our church a few weeks ago and the bride wanted all the posed pictures made in front of my faux fireplace and Christmas tree.  I was standing to the side, out-of-the-way, when I noticed a lady picked up one of my wine glass snow scenes from the kitchen island.  She reached inside and touched the faux snow.  She was trying to figure out what I had used.  It’s always Epsom salt for my snow creations.  It’s sparkly, it’s white, it’s beautiful!

I have to give a special shout out to my sister, Melinda, for sending me a pair of gently used ice skates from Colorado.  It completed my decor.  Thanks, Melinda!

Here’s my Christmas Mantel Decor.

Christmas Mantle Decor

 

Here’s a close-up of a snow scene.

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I later added real wood to the faux fireplace to make it look more realistic.  What theme did you use this year?

23 comments

Paula@Sweetpea December 16, 2014 - 9:21 am

Lovely! I can see why the bride wanted pictures taken here. I’m sure that many in your church are really enjoying this display.

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:30 am

Thanks, Paula. I always enjoy decorating the church for different holidays, Christmas being my favorite of course.

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Susan the farm quilter December 16, 2014 - 9:23 am

Beautiful decorations!!! Excuse me, but I think there is a typo in the second paragraph…you said your son-in-law??!!! I don’t see how you could have one of those since it appears that your oldest child is about 5!!! I don’t think that it is legal to marry off kids that young!! Your church is blessed to have you as their decorator!!!

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:29 am

My heart dropped when I saw the word typo (LOL)! I have 4 grandchildren, too. 🙂

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Rachel December 16, 2014 - 9:40 am

The mantle with the tree is BEAUTIFUL! And Epsom Salt, well that’s pretty brilliant. It does give the realistic texture and look. I love that use and reuse items from around the home. It is not only cost effective but provides a new way to make something brand new. The mantle is gorgeous and looks ready for Santa to drop in at any moment.

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:28 am

Epsom salt is my go-to snow. And it’s really cheap. 🙂

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Reginia Cordell December 16, 2014 - 10:51 am

Thank you for sharing all of your holiday pictures and posts. This gives me just what I need to have a bit of home abroad.

Your mantel is lovely. I’m eyeing the mirror as well.

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:28 am

Thanks, Reginia! Glad I could help bring some holiday cheer.

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Zan December 16, 2014 - 12:24 pm

I love every bit of it. I saw it on Instagram the other week and was hoping you would put up a post about it! I love all your decor and creations at all times!!!

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:26 am

Thanks, Zan! It’s hard to try and fit everything I want to blog about before Christmas. 🙂

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K. Elizabeth (YUMMommy) December 16, 2014 - 12:45 pm

Love! Your mantel is so festive. I the little Christmas scenes in a jar. Super cute.

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:25 am

Thanks. I always enjoy coming up with something different each year.

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Lauren December 16, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Your Christmas mantle is beautiful! I hope my mantel looks like that some day!

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:24 am

Thanks, Lauren!

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Susan Mahlburg December 16, 2014 - 3:48 pm

I always wanted to make my own snow globes. I think it would be a fun craft to do with the daughter when she gets older. Yours look so magical 🙂

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:24 am

The snow globes were fun and all the kids love looking at them.

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Ricci December 16, 2014 - 9:26 pm

That is simply gorgeous!! And I never thought to use Epsom Salt for fake snow, that’s genius!!

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 6:22 am

Epsom salt makes the best fake snow. You’ve got to try it.

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Sarah December 17, 2014 - 9:49 am

I LOVE how you put those decorations in the glass jars what a great idea.

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Alli December 17, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Thanks, Sarah! It was fun to work with the mini trees and little Christmas scenes.

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication December 20, 2014 - 11:51 pm

The whole thing is beautiful, Alli! Thanks for joining us over at the #homematters linky party! We hope to see you again this coming Friday 🙂

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LifeAsAConvert December 21, 2014 - 10:03 pm

I love the stockings, and the snow scenes, and the skates, and…. well all of it!

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Roxanne December 28, 2014 - 12:32 pm

It all looks beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday. Pinned!

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