Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Mantle

My mantle has been mostly finished for weeks now but I was waiting for one last thing to arrive. My Christmas poster! A few weeks ago I was at Ikea and spotted this neat poster in the art section.
BILD Poster, collage #A Width: 27 ½ " Height: 39 ¼ "  Width: 70 cm Height: 100 cm
I thought it was really fun and graphic but it was way too big for putting on my mantle. Instead, I used Microsoft publisher and came up with this (let me know if you want the file. I'm happy to email it to anyone).

Instead of the random numbers that the Ikea poster had I used ones that meant something to our family. It has the date we were married, our birthdays, and the date we closed on the house. I used the Fedex online picture processing to have it printed out as a poster and used a 50% off coupon I found online. It ended up costing about $10. So not free but I wanted a non standard size. If you wanted an 8x10 you could just print it out from your computer which would be much cheaper. Here's how it looks on my now full mantle.

I went colorful this year and am loving it! All the bright ornaments popping out of the fresh greens just make me happy.

This glass Santa was a gift from a dear friend. Doesn't he look festive tucked in with my poinsettia?

Of course no holiday mantle is finished without stockings. Daniel and I made ourss a few years back (yes he actually sewed his own). Can you guess which one is mine?

I love my bright cheery mantle. It smells great with all the greenery and glows at night when the candles are lit. Definitely a winner! Now I just have to finish my Christmas shopping and all will be well.



  1. What a fantastic idea! Your mantle is just beautiful. Love the colors you chose.

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