Christmas is just a couple of days away and the mantel is ready and awaiting the arrival of good ol’ St. Nick! I’ll share the wintertime decorations with you and show you an easy way to take a plain holiday wreath and dress it with a little flocking to make it just right for a snowy theme. Best of all, these decorations can stay up even after the holiday!
I used a plain wreath I had left over from last year and added some fresh trimmings from our real Christmas tree. Here’s a little tip for you… if you purchase a real tree, they will always trim off the stray branches for you. All you have to do is ask for those to take home as well, afterall you’re paying for them! It’s a great way to add even more fresh greenery to your home and an easy way to dress up some plain cheapy garland or wreath like I have here. 😉
Tie the pine cones onto the wreath with floral wire, add some ornaments and a pretty red bow. I used spray adhesive and buffalo snow flurries to give it that frosty look. For the mantel, I picked up some “frosty” garland from Michaels and added a strand of white twinkle lights.
You might remember this little reindeer from last year. I added a bucket of homemade snowballs and more greenery. To make the snowballs, I used styrofoam balls and brushed on some mod podge or you can use spray adhesive. Then roll the balls in Epsom salts and faux snow to get the fluffy look!
Warning: having small children in the house will increase the likelihood of these snowballs randomly disappearing to a hidden toy stash or being used to make miniature snowmen throughout your home. 🙂 A snowy mess is surely to ensue.
I made a wintertime arrangement for the other side of the mantel using artificial flowers.
One of my favorite additions to the mantel this year is the paper snowflakes. One of my coworkers made these and decorated my office for my birthday a few weeks back. I found a great tutorial if you want to make some yourself! The ones made in this tutorial is HUGE, but you can always scale it down to the size you need. They’re perfect for the holiday theme and you won’t believe how easy they are to make! I’m thinking of making some as ornaments next year. 🙂The great thing about the snow theme for this year’s wintertime mantel is it can even stay up after Christmas! And seeing as how it’s 70 degrees this weekend right before the holiday, this might be the only snow we see for awhile around these parts.
Are you ready for Christmas? Got your holiday shopping done or will you out getting last minute items this week? I’ll be spending the next couple of days wrapping some presents for a special girl and baking cookies for Santa!!! (yummy!) Looking for some holiday treat ideas? Check out these sweet treats you can make for gift giving or for Santa!