Cheerful Green Mantel

November 30, 2010

Christmas MantelToday, I’m happily sharing my cheerful green mantel.  We have yet to unpack our Christmas boxes so I’m sure this will be going through some edits before the big day.   Most notably missing are our stockings.  But those will come out soon enough.   I was inspired by this cheerful apple green color.  My Felt “Peace” Mantel Scarf gave me a clean white canvas to start with and my Christmas Mitten Garland adds another pop of my favorite green color. 

Dollar Store Hurricanes Dollar Store hurricanes and some bright ornaments make for a perfect combination.  I reused some holly berry garland I purchased last year from Target.

Milkglass BowlI love to be able to use my milk glass and this year was no exception.

Milk Glass TreeAfter a major craft fail involving sequins, a hot glue gun and a Styrofoam tree, I made this simple fabric covered tree, complete with a mother of pearl button from my Grandma’s button box.  Milkglass ChristmasMore milk glass.

Smoky CandlesI loved the sparkle and soft glow that these oil lamp candles added to my mantel.  Until they set off my smoke alarm and I remembered why they’d been up in the closet for the last five Christmases.  They’re now nestled unlit between my Dollar Store Snowflake Art

Grapevine Rosette Wreath My new Grapevine Rosette Wreath looks pretty hung over the mirror above my hearth.

Dollar Store Love Birds

My eleven year old couldn’t bear to leave out these sweet little love birds.  They were from the Dollar Store last year.  I painted their terra cotta birdiness with a little Krylon Champagne Nouveau.

Christmas Mantel It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

What’s on your mantel?

I’ll be joining The Lettered Cottage, Between Naps on the Porch, and the Shabby Nest.


  1. that might just be the most fun mantel out there. that shade of green just makes me feel so happy.

  2. You have created a fun and fresh mantel without even opening your Christmas boxes. Way to go. I love the large mirror.

  3. Fresh is a perfect way to describe the mantel. Love the green!

  4. Love the fun bright colors your selected!

    cristin @ simplified bee

  5. Great mantle! I love the green. I know what you mean about a craft fail!! I'm trying to regroup some crafts myself!! We'll see what happens.

  6. Very pretty. OH, how I wish I had a mantle!

  7. Love your mantel - so clean and crisp and pretty!

  8. *gasp* Wow! Somehow you've managed to bring together everything I love and put in mantle form, lol. It is so simple and fresh looking. I'm glad you haven't unpacked your boxes yet, it looks gorgeous. ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing!
    -Ann Marie

  9. Carolyn,

    This is beautiful! I love the shade of green you used. I have an identical piece of milk glass! I just took pictures of my mantel tonight. Mine looks so boring compared to yours!


  10. Very pretty, Carolyn! This is such a fresh green!

  11. That's so cheery and pretty!! I love it.

  12. Love that shade of green! Your mantel looks perfect!!

  13. What a lovely and warm mantle! I love the green and how you incorporated the milk glass.

  14. Green is my favorite color, so I had to come look! I love birds, so I love seeing how so many people are using them in different ways in their decorating this year. I always love the sparkly ornaments in glass. Those are very pretty!

    I bet my mom could top your failed craft project. A few years ago, she decided to make a button tree, taking almost all my buttons, and ruining them by gluing them on a cone. The whole thing was U-G-L-Y when it was finished. Now it's the project we don't talk about anymore. :)

  15. Ohhh I love your mantel! It's so fun cheerful!!! I never really liked lime green before for Christmas but you totally make it work. Now I might have to add a little lime to my Christmas decor! Great job!

  16. I like how bright, fresh and fun this green is!


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