Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Quick and dirty mantel
One of the cool things I get to do as a business owner is shop for stuff wholesale. For Christmas, I bought lanterns--lots and lots of lanterns.
The white lanterns were very popular, but the green ones notsomuch. So I brought two home and used them on my mantel.
My mantel is always the first place that gets decorated (I learned that lesson the hard way!) and everything else has to be worked around this. This year, because I want to keep it cheap and easy (just like DL!), I liked the idea of using natural materials, like the holly and nandina and boxwood and magnolia and pinecones. All of these grow in abundance in our yard.
The "evergreen" garland that I used as the base is fake, because goodness knows I don't want to be sweeping up needles every day. It's a good-quality one that I bought at a decorator store about five years ago (the store now closed, alas) and I probably paid about $15 for it. But it's not cheesy, and from far away it looks real. I added a strand of berries on a wire that IS cheap and cheesy and from Wal-Mart. I also added a few real pinecones, to give it some bulk.
I put sticks of more cheap red berries inside the lantern, and wrapped the outside of the lantern in those little tiny Dewdrop wire lights that I bought for $7 at Target. (They are $8 now)
One lantern on either side of the mantel clock, and we're done!!