Do you go from Christmas decorations to Valentine's Day? At our house we go to winter decorations after Christmas. I had a lot of fun making my winter mantel decor. I've always wanted to have a winter mantel, but I only ever seemed to get enough done that it was just on the table or in the kitchen.
This year, I changed that by doing a couple of quick 10 minute crafts to add to things I had made last year. I love the end result and will be happily looking at this winter mantel all January! Our wedding anniversary is also in February, so we go to Valentine's decorations for the entire month of February.
Above the fireplace, I bought the garland you see on the mantel at Target (affiliate link) for $6 on clearance after Christmas. Gotta love an inexpensive find that is perfect for what you need! I made the hanging garland really quickly and easily.
All I did to make the garland was to twist those two boas together. I used the glitter clothespins I showed you how to make last week and attached the snowflakes. Easy peasy and so wintry and pretty!
On the mantel, I used the wine bottle craft that I made last year and used in a winter centerpiece on the table last year. I am amazed that they actually faired well in my storage bin for the year. There were a lot of the Epsom salts in the bottom of the box, but the bottles look fine.
As you can see, I added a few pinecones, small ornaments, little snowflakes, and the glitter snowflakes I showed you how to make earlier this week.
I love the variety with adding a few of the snowflakes and the small ornaments. In the background you can see I also added the glitter candles I made.
Yes, I know I have a glitter addiction…and I'm not working on it, I'm embracing it! Lol!
I didn't light the candles for you this time because they had an funky odor last time. I think it was the new paint burning off and I don't like to take a chance with things like that. I guess they will just be for decoration unless I break down and get some flameless candles.
So, there is my long desired and first attempt at a winter mantel. You may remember that I want to paint the mantel white. Can you imagine how pretty this would be with a white mantel? It would be even more wintry, pretty! Maybe next year, maybe next year.
After Christmas, do you do Valentine's, winter, or other decorations?
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