Sunday, November 22, 2015

Inexpensive Mantel Decor--not what you'd expect!

Being an overworked, underpaid teacher in the public schools of North Carolina (where pay is 49th in the nation--our rallying cry? "At least we're not Mississippi!"), I am always up for an el-cheapo challenge.

This month, it's DebbieDoos and Fox Hollow Cottage who are challenging us to decorate for Christmas using a very small budget.  I decided to limit my budget to $10 and decorate the entire house  do something different with the mantel.

(I am not a reliable mantel decorator. Sometimes I do a GREAT job, like here, and then other times it looks slapped-together or --*gasp*--I leave it naked. When I retire, I promise I will more consistently decorate my mantel. Pinkie swear.)

This year, I decided to decorate with things I either already had, or I could purchase inexpensively. The four things I bought were the little take-out cartons from Target ($4), the brown craft paper from Target ($3), one of the brown bags from a local paper supply place ($1), the green tissue paper from a dollar store ($1) and the white ribbon from either Hancock or JoAnne's --I am guessing Hancock because I am eligible for their senior discount and I am ALL about a senior discount. It is my prize for having lived this long. And becoming wrinkly.

The things I already had were: empty boxes, other brown bags, white tissue paper, the sequined star decorations, some little green balls (from a mantel project a couple of years ago) and sherbet glasses that I got an an auction and can't sell because they have chipped rims.

I also had a spool of six-inch burlap ribbon, which was a little more expensive, but I wanted to have something hang from the fireplace. I tied a bow and hung some green pine cone ornaments from it. (I also had those ornaments.) If I had to buy these items, the mantel would have been quite a bit more expensive. But we all know that one concession to age is having a lot of stuff from which to choose.

I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the way this turned out!

Please go visit all the other talented bloggers who are writing about their el-cheapo escapades. There's some really cool stuff out there!


Debbiedoos said...

You and I sound like kindred spirits. Looking back on most of my mantels they were pretty darn bad. This year I kicked it up. I love that you used what you already had and it looks darling!! Thanks for joining us.

Art and Sand said...

I like the whimsy of a lime green and polka dot mantel - well done you!

I know Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, etc. want us to go out and buy new stuff each year, but I prefer to just use what i have year after year.

Junkchiccottage said...

Well done Kirby. Love the whimsy and creativity of your mantel decor. You go girl!

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Love the bright green with the burlap, Kirby! Very festive... wishing you lots of rest over Thanksgiving!
xo Heidi

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Why Kirby, this is pretty dang great! I love the idea of presents heaped up on the mantel! I'm all about the senior discount. Everyone says I get just a little too excited every time I go to the movies and ask them what their senior age is. When they tell me 55 I practically jump in the air.

Feral Turtle said...

Looks fantastic Kirby. Love the green...kind of reminds me of the whimsical Grinch colors!!

Marie Blackburn said...

Looks great Kirby and I like your budget! Your color scheme would fit my living room perfectly and so I'm swooning over your green pine cone ornaments.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Love the look with the take out boxes. I'm using a lot of green this year, too.

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