Its time for me to over-share pictures of my Holiday Mantle! I typically am not one for themes, but this years holiday mantle definitely has one. Can you guess what it is?
That’s right guys, this holiday mantle is deertastic!
Deer antlers, and faux deer heads are everywhere, and have been “trending” for quite some time, so it’s only natural that I (or anyone) would want to cover their mantle with these charming little deer figurines. This magical holiday season is the perfect time to try and add some whimsy to our lives with a deer-centric holiday mantle. The mantle is quite simply comprised of tiny deer (new & vintage), bottle brush trees, the same paper fans I used in the Christmas tree, and white string lights. Some of the trees are just the cheapie ones that you can literally get anywhere, but I added sequins and little embellishments to jazz them up. The green deer are from Target, the felt deer are from Khols, and the chrome deer head is from Meijer.
We’ve lived in our house for three years, prior to that we had a small apartment in which neither a full size tree would fit, and also one lacking a mantle with which to hang stockings on. I made our mismatched stockings the year we bought our house. They mean as much to me now, as they did then. Finally I have a home where traditions can weave their delicate threads through the heart of our growing family. I love how the stockings are all representative of each of our personalities, well, except my husbands! I suppose you could say the polka dots represent the fun kitchy-ness of 50’s culture, but that’s a crock of shit! My stocking is vintage chintz, Ava’s is a crazy floral pattern called Larkspur In Bloom from Michael Miller Fabrics, and Sadie’s is a newly sewn velvet leopard one .
Now lets talk about all the shiny baubles on this years holiday wreath. I’m sure you’ve seen those vintage ornament wreaths on Pinterest. There are other ornament wreaths that just use cheapo ornaments, but I’ve had my heart set on a vintage one for a while. However, I was unwilling to throw down a lot of cash for one, so mine is a thrifty compromise.
I had to run out for some “filler” ornaments, but honestly everything I needed to make this wreath I had on hand already. It’s not all vintage because frankly, my collection isn’t that large (yet)-but its beautiful and suits my magpie sensibilities. Making the wreath is simple, really. You just hot glue the ornaments onto a wreath form. Some DIY versions have a specific method for gluing them on, but per my usual cluster fuck fashion, I hot glued them on rather willy nilly! I did manage to take a series of photos to show you the progression, so all is not lost.
Your not limited to ornaments either. As you can see I added vintage jewelry to my wreath, as well as some beaded garland, and cute little buttons from an old issue of Mollie Makes. Go wild!
I hope this gives you lots of holiday inspiration!