Thanks to Minted for supporting us with today’s post.
Today I’m going a little outside my comfort zone. Normally it’s the other ladies who show you the decorating and style posts, but I’m the one showing off my holiday mantel today. I’m always a little hesitant to show how I decorate, because the other ladies are so strong in that area, plus, my mantel up here is a little dated. Then I realized that I’m not the only one with an outdated mantel and I’m not the only one who feels a little intimidated by the idea of making things beautiful.
My inspiration for the mantel was the King Midas Print from Minted. I got a small size (11″ x 11″), and it fits the space perfectly. I used the red and foil in the print as a base for the rest of the mantel. I included a lot of glassware and greenery to fill the space. One of the most helpful things I learned from Candice was to add height to create height. I added some books and a pedestal. I wouldn’t normally have used the golden wreath, but I loved how it complemented the foil in the print. You could also hang stockings, but I can’t leave stockings up with six kids and a dog running around! The fact that everything is on top of the mantel makes the whole thing very child and pet friendly!
This mantel ended up being very cost effective. I got the wreaths and the greenery at my local Salvation Army, and then I resourced all the glassware from other parts of the house. I used the mini wired battery operated lights, and they’re the perfect length for this project. The Minted print was just around $100, including the frame, but today is Cyber Monday, and they have 2o% off the entire site, so now is a great time to buy! (Also, it’s a great time to buy cards. You can pre-purchase the design and add your photos in later!)