I know I am not the only one out there that just loves decorating her mantel. Seriously, I can’t get enough of it. The months after Christmas are the best for mantel decorating because it gets a makeover monthly. It’s a whirlwind, but like Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn from Wedding Crashers, I welcome this frenzy with open arms.
Ladies and Gents: It’s Mantel Season!
February (well, actually, January 10th, when I sadly deconstructed Christmas) marks my first mantel of the New Year. And best yet… it cost me next to nothing.Wait until you get a load of my Easy Paper Bag Garland.
I’m kind of pumped about February’s mantel-scape because I did not spend a cent to create this little no budget beaut!
Let’s have a look at her…
The lamps are old—a gift with purchase from Ulta in 2004. The shades, however, are newish. Newish in the sense that I recovered them, but that fabric on the shades… not so much. That fabric happens to be from a pair of my husband’s flannel boxers (they were clean!!). There is not really a how-to about this one because I just grabbed my glue gun, cut some of the fabric, and wrapped it around the shade. In fact, because I am sometimes impulsive, there is a gap at the back of one of the shades. It faces the wall, so no big deal.
I used one of my husband’s beer growlers, shoved some white lights in there, and stuck in some glittery hearts on sticks that I bought at The Dollar Tree a year or two ago.
The HUGE matted frame usually remains on my mantel year round. For this mantel-scape I found a picture I gave to E for Father’s Day, which I thought encompassed the feeling of love (it’s a picture of the boys wearing the sweatshirts he wore when they were born, and pictures of E holding the boys when they were born), threaded some burlap ribbon through it, and voila! Layers are in, people!
To add height and interest on the other side, I took a mason jar, shoved (apparently there was a whole lotta shoving going on for this mantel) some pinecones in there, cut some branches off a tree outside, and decorated them with hearts. The hearts were super easy to slap together. In fact, I had my little guys help. They used the heart punch to cut the hearts and made heart sandwiches (two hearts, baker’s twine, and glue in the middle).
And then there’s the brown paper bag garland. Easiest thing ever.
Here’s what you’ll need for the Paper Bag Garland:
- Brown paper bags (as many or as few as you’d like)
- Items to decorate bags (I used some craft paint, but washi tape could look lovely…)
- Tape (I used clear packing tape)
Here’s what you’ll do to make the Paper Bag Garland:
Step1: Cut a V out of the open/top of each bag. I just stacked them up and cut the V out of the entire stack.
Step 2: Paint/washi those bad boys.
Step 3: Measure out some twine or ribbon to the length you would like for your space.
Step 4: Tape the twine to the back of each flag and space appropriately. (note: you could probably punch a hole and thread the twine, but I was being lazy and wanted the easiest route possible)
Took me all of six minutes.
And there she is. My free-loving Valentine’s Day Mantle.