Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gussying up the Mantle with Garland



Ha! Just when you thought my mantle couldn't get any more fou-fou...I add more fluff! Last year, I fell in love with this meshy stuff and used it everywhere I could possibly drape it. It adds the perfect touch of whimsy to almost anything. Especially a plain jane, tired old garland. And it's very easy to work with...you cannot mess it up, I promise. Just pouf and fluff and mold it to the shape you want...and voila, it's fabulous!



I love it all glittered up and sparkling at night...so pretty.





I also added some metal candy canes I got on our anniversary trip to Fairhope, Alabama last year...



And a cute little lime green metal present in the middle! And ribbon...of course...you can't have too much ribbon.



My tree may not be decorated yet, but it does have a fabulously fluffy bow on top. I can never get a star to stay on my tree, so this year I used my mesh to create a simple topper. That is, if you can call a ginormous fou fou meshy bow...simple? Whatever it is, I LOVE it!




And because, my night time photos leave ALOT to be desired, here is a shot with the lights on.



33 comments:

Ocean said...

Love it! Looks really great! :) I wish I could make a bow like that for my tree!

Jess said...

Whimsical is exactly how I would describe it. I love it. Thanks for sharing your fab ideas so that people like me can copy! I could never come up with this on my own. ;)

Lee Laurie said...

Looks great! I love the colors. I'm gonna have to get some of that ribbon!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Carmen said...

So cute!!!! The ribbon is fabulous!

Melissa Miller said...

Your mantle looks so Christmas-y Amanda! Very fun and festive.

Enjoy this joyous season! ~Melissa :)

LouLou@thelifeofloulou.blogspot.com said...

I have 4 of those metal candy canes out in my flower boxes! Great minds think alike....I also have a couple of metal presents.... She also had nutcrackers this year that were adorable!

lovey lovey.

anhesty said...

wow so colorful! makes me want to eat a candy cane :D

Fawn@Party of Five said...

Your mantle is so FESTIVE and FUN! I love the whimsy.

Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life said...

As always, I love it! Been wanting to change my Christmas look from navy blue... to whimsical red & green. But with the darn recession, I can only do bits and pieces and not the whole thing!
Any tips on how to get the fabulous bow topper? I need one for my tree!!

Linda said...

Oooh, I love it...it's soooo colorful! That metal candy cane is a cutie...Fairhope is across the bay from me...I had a booth there when I had my antiques business...great little shopping town!

Blessings,
Linda

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Don't worry, you're not alone with the night time photos issue! I ran around this morning before leaving for the day job, because the sun was out and I wanted to try and get at least a few decent photos. Are we ever done fluffing? I know I'm moving things around all the time and not sure if I like where something is. That's the good thing about taking the pictures though, you get a better look at how everything appears through the pictures!

Shannon said...

Looks great! I love that mesh stuff!

Kendall at Finesse Your Nest said...

What a cute mantle! I just love the whimsical feel. My mantle is so sad, probably because I keep pulling stuff off of it to decorate somewhere else in the house! Love the garland idea!

Kristina P. said...

So pretty! We have a fireplace, but no mantle. I wish we had one!

Kelly said...

and I thought your mantel couldn't get any better! I love that mesh ribbon stuff too, saw it the other days at Michael's and now I know I need to pick some up! and those metal candy canes are adorable, so jealous of you!

Love the Decor! said...

Love that mesh!!
Your mantle is so fun and cheerful!!

Angie @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

I love that mesh! Great job!

leelea said...

I want some of that ribbon!!! I have the mesh draped on everything that will stand still too!!! Love it!!! Where did that ribbon come from????? Love your decorations!!

The Elegant Thrifter said...

Oh, your mantle is an absolute delight. I wish I had a mantle to decorate. I may have to resort to the window sill this year.

Stan

Cherish said...

Lookin good!

Richella said...

Fou fou and fun and gloriously colorful!

One of the reasons I love you is because your Christmas decorations are red and green. And I know that you love black and white other neutrals, but the red and green come out for Christmas.

Of course, that's just ONE of the reasons I love you. :)

Jennifer said...

Oh... it is adorable!! It is beautiful all lit up like that! :)

P@nmyfreetime.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful, whimsical and FUN!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

No, you can never have to much ribbon...I agree wholeheartedly. If I had a mantel, I'd totally want it to look like yours. ;) Love the frou frou!

Nicole said...

Another fab idea! Looks good girlie!

angie128 said...

Please let me come live with you....

Brooke said...

Your mantle is so cute!

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Angela said...

So cute!!!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

That's my kind of mantel! I love the colors...very whimsical.

Kim

Megan @ Little Bella Bean said...

I love it! I saw all the trees at $store this year and immediately thought of you and your discovery of them last year!! =)
-Megan

jenjen said...

So cute! I love those polka dots!!! Your home is so festive and merry looking!

XOXO
Jen

PS - I have some ideas, I will email you tonight hopefully :)

Pam Walter said...

It looks wonderful both in the dark and during the daylight. Great job! www.satisfiedsole.com

Mandi Shandi said...

I love it! Our mantles are very similar this year. I did more whimsy in the family room, and used some of that same deco poly mesh. Mine is striped, and I would love to have about 4 more rolls, but alas I got it on a trip and can't find it around here.

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