I typically have a “no Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving” rule. Actually, that’s usually my Thanksgiving Eve tradition – Christmas decorations. But this year, shortly after Halloween, I started feeling the holiday creep itch. The Cartwheel App (from Target) had a special 40% off holiday decor. I caved.
I bought a lit “Noel” ornament, two lit trees, and a garland. I am actually most excited about the lit trees. I think they are so versatile, I will get a ton of year-round use out of them. Plus, I prefer to focus more on winter decorating than Christmas decorating. People judge you less when you have winter decor out in early March. They’re not that forgiving when your Christmas tree is still out then.
You may notice my fireplace covering. I love our fireplace, but it just isn’t practical with a set of 2-year-old twins running around. I stumbled upon this great faux stacked log fireplace facade from Pepper Design Blog, and I was set on making this to cover my fireplace. I even bought the wood and was ready to cut it. But then…
I was on an Ikea trip, and I stumbled upon this wood stack fabric. I was feeling a bit lazy, and fabric seemed like a great alternative to cutting a bunch of wood. So, I had a piece of plywood cut to the dimensions of the fireplace opening, and covered the wood with fabric and hot glue. Boom! Done!
PS – shout-out to Patrick who cut the plywood for me… the opening to my fireplace isn’t exactly square, so he had to shave a bit off some of the edges to get the plywood to fit in there perfectly.
For about a week, I tinkered away with the mantle, but something was still missing. I pulled out a frame that I bought for $3 at a thrift store, and wanted to put something inside of it. But, since I already had the “Joy to the World” globe and the “Noel” sign, I thought a Christmas printable would be a little over the top with words. So, I took another route.
I painted a piece of cardboard with black chalk paint (so it would be super matte, plus it was leftover from recently painting my bed frame). Then, I took a silhouette image of a pine cone (Google image search) and traced it onto metallic scrapbook paper. I chose the pine cone, because I wanted to carry over the theme from my candlesticks. After a little cutting and gluing, my little art project was complete.
I love having so many lit elements on my winter mantle. With the days being so short, I get to enjoy my cozy living room every evening.