Vintage Woodland Mantel.1

I like to mix up my Christmas decor a little every year. This year I decided to go with a Vintage Woodland theme. I had a slight problem though, we moved a few months ago and I got rid of at least 5 Christmas totes. I really didn’t remember what I still had until I opened the totes. I knew the colors I wanted to use were: red, gold, silver, and a little white. Another challenge: I am spending $0 on Christmas decorations this year.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 3.1

I started out with non Christmas items I had in my craft room. Use frames, mirrors, trays, shutters, books, etc. as a base when decorating your mantel. I used these 3 frames and a small wood tray. All of these frames had been purchased at a thrift store. Arrange them until you like the look.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 4.1

Once you have your base, start experimenting with items you know you want to include on your mantel. I knew I wanted to include the white bottle brush trees so I started with them. I placed one on a candlestick to give it height. Then I added a red vinyl deer to the wood tray.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 7.1

Here’s a close-up of the deer tray. I love the simplicity of it. I added a glittery bird ornament sitting on the top corner of the tray.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 8.1

I had an empty space on the right side of the wall above the mantel so I added a little plaque in the theme colors. I hung it from some beautiful vintage tinsel.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 10.1

Then I found the faux bois candles in my craft room and added them in front of the oval frame. I usually use these candles for Winter decor because of their color. I love the way they look and think I’ll try making some of my own. I’ll let you know if it works.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 6.1

I added some glitter cone trees in red and gold and a few vintage ornaments here and there. I hung 2 from the frames using fishing line.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 5.1

The glitter deer ornament came from Dollar Tree a few years ago. Isn’t it awesome?! I’m always surprised what I can find at the dollar store.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 12.1

My favorite thing on the mantel this year is the vintage garland. It’s tinsel with small vintage balls hanging from it. I hung it using clear Command hooks. Since I’m renting I can’t put holes in the walls so I love using these Command hooks.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 13.1

Here’s a close-up of the chippy vintage balls that I’m in love with.

Vintage Woodland Mantel 2.1

So, that’s my mantel for this year. Having a $0 decorating budget is a little freeing. Let’s see if I can pull it off in the rest of the house.

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Labbie1 December 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm

GREAT job! It looks luxe! You have a great eye! Can’t wait to see the rest of the house! :)
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marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings December 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

totally in love! I super super adore your mantle it’s everything I’m currently obsessed with
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Yvonne @ December 12, 2013 at 6:28 am

I love this! I wish I had a mantle (and a fireplace at that) it would be so fun to decorate and this is such a cute idea!
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Sumo December 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

This is so pretty Leanne. It’s just simple and classic. I love those wood grain candles!
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Debra December 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

Every single time I see one of your mantles I am jealous! I need mantle tips. Yours are amazing!
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Jonie @ Just Between Friends December 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

You are the mantel queen! I love the way this turned out Leanne! I especially love the ornament banner!
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