Glowing Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas and How-To Guide Part 2

Christmas Mantle, Part 2 of Glowing Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas and How-To Guide.  Sandra's Christmas theme continues on the fireplace mantel.  There's not as much in the way of how-to about the mantle, but she shares some easy to do tricks she has used in the past.  The mantle is a lovely balance with the Christmas tree and the family room.  Sandra provided some beautiful, detailed photos of the mantle, so let's sit back and enjoy the show!

Sandra:  "This is the mantle design I did before the tree went up.  Once the tree was complete I realized it did not match the tree.  The change is not very noticeable.  I removed the red berries and pine cones and added white glass bulbs, which lightened it up a little bit."  I think the subtle changes we see below made a beautiful difference.

Sandra:  "The only thing new I bought for the display is the live Christmas greens which I bought at the Christmas tree lot.  All the other items I already had. The small sprigy trees, as I recall, are from Walmart which I purchased some years ago.  To create different heights on the mantle I used old stacked books that were my Moms and candle holders.  If you don't have old books, a trick I often use is wrapping hard covered books with brown paper or a brown paper grocery sack.  This creates a uniform look and will not distract from the design.  Another idea I have done is Christmas wrapping paper for a brighter or festive mantle display."
I think the redesigned mantle is aglow like the Christmas tree in Part 1 and looks like a Charles Dickens Christmas.   Here's the link to see more..

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Tags: Christmas, DIY, How-To-Guide, Tree, decorating, ideas, mantle

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