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!!



8 comments:

Cassie Bustamante said...

love the green lantern! as in your green lantern, not the comics hero.

Kathleen George said...

The mantel looks very woodsy and christmasy. I have bought faux and embellished with fresh greens. I like the green lantern too.
Kathleen in Az

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Looking good! Love the pinecones and those little lights!
xo Heidi

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Very sweet! Loving those pine cones, as you know! And those little lights are so sweet. May need to run out to Target and get me some! :)

Marie Blackburn said...

Your mantel looks beautiful, Kirby! I have the "fancy" faux garland that looks similar to yours. I'm often asked when I add real elements if it's real. Your little green lanterns look great with it - very festive!

Bliss said...

It looks marv, and you gave me an idea and I don't know why since you didn't mention dog woods. I'm gonna go cut some red branches from my dogwoods and stick them all over my mantel among-est the greens. Not sure why I've never done that before, I use them everywhere else.

Andrea said...

My mantel has a decent base layer, but needs a little more pizazz...hmmmm...

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Quick and beautiful I'd say!!!

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