I’m so excited to have my Christmas mantel completed. It’s usually the first thing I decorate for any season. The colors we chose to decorate with this year are white, silver, and red. I’ve been really happy with my decision to keep the color scheme under control. I have quite a bit of stress in my life right now and I’m hoping these few colors will help me feel the calm I’m craving.

The sleigh and reindeer on the window are vinyl. You can check out the post on the vinyl here. I’m keeping the cost of celebrating Christmas to a minimum this year by mostly using things I’ve had for years and freshening them up with paint and/or glitter. I’ll have a cost breakdown for you at the end of this post. 

The white candlestick holder was purchased at Ikea a few years ago. The silver snowflake? ornament was purchased at Robert’s last year. I made the red flower petal wreath many years ago. I made the tall candleholder last year using Dollar Store things. The silver beads at the bottom are really 2 Dollar Store necklaces. The ornaments are from previous years. 

You can check out how I made the Christmas Tree Word Art here. I’ve had the church on the left for a couple years, the one on the right was bought at Wal-Mart this year. The ornaments in the jar were bought in the dollar section at Target this year. The ornament laying on the mantel is an antique.

This is the right side of the mantel, similar to the left.

The wreath is just a plain flocked wreath and I added red glitter picks. I’ve had the picks for a few years. I love picks because you can use them over and over, year after year. I hung one of the snowflake ornaments I glittered here, from the center of the wreath.

I decided to add the lights to the mantel at the last minute. I love them! You can go here to view the post on the Believe banner.

Here’s a breakdown of the things I bought this year:

silver vinyl- $1.25

silver beads- $1.00

ornaments in jar- $3.00

tinsel around word tree (I still have yards of it left)- $2.00

churches (2)- $2.00

So, the total cost for the mantel this year is $9.25.

Not bad and I love it! Now I’m off to decorate the rest of the house.

I’m linking to:

Holiday Home Linky Party/Christmas Mantel at The Lettered Cottage
Holiday Highlights Linky Party at The DIY Showoff
Strut Your Stuff at Somewhat Simple
EBTKS at A Little Knick Knack
Home for the Holiday Party at It’s A Blog Party
Christmas Mantel Link Up at Blue Cricket Design
Remodelaholics Anonymous Party at Remodelaholic
Christmas Ideas Party at ChaChing on a Shoestring

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyndee November 29, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Beautiful! I love it.

cindy @ cottage instincts November 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

Nothing like red and silver for a festive mantel! I love how you craft your way to loveliness :) Love the vinyl decals on the window!

CAROL November 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

The mantel looks lovely. I’m going for the traditional Christmas colors – red, green (the lighter shade that is so popular now), silver & some gold. I hope you are finding the calm that you need.
CAS

Kim @ Starshine Chic November 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I love it!!! And I love that you decorated it so nicely for such little cash. You are proof that it doesn’t take a lot of money to make something look fabulous!

Pam November 30, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I love a traditionla mantel. I’ll go check out your santa and sleigh vinyl. Everything looks very pretty and nostalgic.

Marianne@Songbird November 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Lovely. Great job on mixing up new with old stuff and having it look so original.

Elizabeth@BlueClearSky November 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Lovely. I really like the old window and your colour scheme. The framed word art is cute too.

Kristen @ More Than Mulberries November 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I bought that same little church! So cute! Your mantle looks so pretty.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman November 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Very pretty! I love it. I SO wish I had a mantle!

Karen November 30, 2010 at 6:56 pm

I think it’s lovely and I like the way you saved SO much money!

Chantel December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Your mantel looks amazing!!

Val December 2, 2010 at 7:27 am

This turned out beautiful and I just love the sleigh and reindeer!!!

June December 3, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Very elegant mantle, I love it.

Meg December 4, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Oh, I love the wreath. Silver is one of my favorites for Christmas! So lovely! Hope you can join my giveaway from Cutting Edge Stencils going on now! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com

Nita@ModVintageLife December 5, 2010 at 2:48 am

I love that window with the decal used as the focal point of your mantel…that was brilliant. Very pretty.

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