Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas 2011: Family Room Mantel

Last Christmas I used a green/silver/white color scheme in the family room.  This year I went in a totally different direction.
The red and white are so crisp and bright to me!  Loving how this turned out.  Let's break it down shall we?
I scored these shutters on Freecycle and use them constantly to add height to the mantel.  For Christmas I made a red yarn wreath with thrift store yarn and a styro wreath form.  The JOY ornament came from World Market from $4 and makes the wreath!  I bought the stockings last year at Target and I'm so glad I chose white.  It goes with everything!
The branch is from my yard.  I added some sparkle with spray adhesive and glitter.  Totally free rocks!  But  I have to admit that the tall white vase was a splurge.  I fell in love with it and searched high and low for a lower cost alternative but came up empty.  Luckily when I broke down and bought it at World Market the sales lady gave me 20% off for joining the loyalty program (rationalize much?).
A new element that I added this year is the screen door card holder.  The door is another Freecycle find.  I painted it black and added the chicken wire.  I'm looking forward to displaying our Christmas cards in such an organized fashion!
Last but not least is my absolute favorite mantel decoration: the deer head!  The "canvas" is made of shims from the hardware store stapled together and stained.  Then I used my silhouette to cut out the deer head in two separate parts so that it would be large enough to fill the canvas.  Once the vinyl was positioned on the shims I painted over everything and then removed the vinyl.

When I started the project I wasn't sure how it would turn out but I have to say I'm thrilled!  I think I will be keeping my deer friend up all winter!

What's your favorite Christmas mantel decoration?

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24 comments:

  1. Ohhh I heart it! The red and white really pops and that deer head is awesomeness!

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  2. The red and white looks great against the gray stone, and I LOVE your deer head. What a creative idea!!

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  3. oh sarah! i absolutely love it!!!!!! the touches of red are awesome! and you already know i heart your stag.

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  4. Beautiful room! And I love the deer!!! Especially how the knot in the wood works as his eye!

    makingitfeellikehome.blogspot.com

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  5. I love it Sarah! My favorite elements are the deer head and the screen door - very cool!

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  6. My husband would LOVE this deer! And I would love it too. :)

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  7. This looks loooovely! Admittedly, I don't normally like red. (Usually my Christmas colors are more like orange and green :) http://thegingerpennypincher.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/show-and-tell-thrifty-tree-decoratin/)

    However, these tiny and impactful accents of red are really making me rethink my resolve. :)Thanks,Sarah!

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  8. Oh Sarah, I love the white with red and of course i love the deer. Very clever. BTY, your stone fireplace is awesome. Now I know why you wanted antlers.

    k

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  9. Wow- Love it- And I love the deer heard painting. Great job!

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  10. I adore this idea! The deer is perfect for this season! It would be great if you would share at Find Your Craft Friday.

    http://thequickjourney.blogspot.com/2011/12/find-your-craft-friday-features-and.html

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  11. love the deer head. think i might convince myself to try that one.

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  12. Ooooo-la-la - LOVE it! I will be pinning that fabulously creative deer head!!!

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  13. I love the deer head silhouette! I'm a big fan of DIY deer heads, so this is totally up my alley. It's an adorable holiday mantel! I'll be featuring as one of my favorite picks from the mantel link up party!

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  14. I love the deer head, and the deer totally has an eye (knot in the wood) in the perfect place1

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  15. Absolutely obsessed with your deer head!! I mean, love the whole look too! Esp the chicken wire card holder... I need to remember to do that for next year, it's fab!

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  16. I just found you through Ten June's mantel features... I love it all! The deer head has to be my favorite though. Absolutely genious!! I have to get me some wood shims now :)

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  17. Gorgeous! I found you through A2Z, but I'll def be sticking around.

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  18. came from ten june. I love it! I just picked up that stocking this year from Target, love! Very cool with the chicken wire card display too :)

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  19. I have been seeing these faux animal heads all over blogs lately! They are so much fun and I definitely want to get some myself for my home! Thanks for the great post!

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  20. The shutters look so fantastic....like the way you decorate it..really look fresh and clean.

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