December is just speeding by, so I thought I would share this year’s Christmas Mantel before it gets any later. I actually finished it a few days ago, but it’s been cloudy for about four days in a row now, and I was waiting for some sunshine so that I could get some decent photos. We’re not used to so many cloudy days in the Valley Of the Sun!
Anyway, I went with a rustic look for the mantel again this year, but I kept it as simple as possible, for me! And, after the muted fall mantel, I wanted lots of bright red for Christmas. In the center of mantel, I placed the rustic twig tree that we made last year, and I really love this little tree!
Behind the twig tree is the wood backdrop I showed you a few days ago. I love how it makes everything seem a little lighter and brighter. In fact, it almost makes me want to repaint the room, but Hubby would be mortified if I even suggested this.
Here is how the entire fireplace looks. I wrapped lights around a pine garland and added some red wooden beads for some color. I painted two empty jars with red Chalky Paint and filled them with painted branches. I’ve had the Merry Christmas banner for a few years. It was originally plaid, but I gave the letters a few coats of the red Chalky Paint, and I love how it really stands out now.
In keeping with the whole rustic theme, I added salvaged shutters and some DIY decorations to the hearth. Two wooden snowmen help to add some color to the shutters.
Here’s a close-up of one of the shutters and our DIY Christmas countdown calendar. Those numbers are changing way too fast!.
I love how the branches sparkle in the light. I bought them when I bought the shutters, but I spray painted some of the branches to make them stand out more. Gotta add a touch of DIY to everything.
I also mixed in some pine cones with the pine garland. Whenever we visit Northern Az, the kids and I always collect some to bring home.
And, here’s how it looks at night. There’s something so peaceful about white lights at Christmas. I could sit and gaze at them all night long.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look at my rustic Christmas mantel. Have a wonderful day!