Sunday, December 2, 2012

Glittery Iced {Christmas Mantle}

 "O come let us adore HIM
CHRIST the Lord"...

This hymn is one of my favorite Christmas hymns, so when I saw it used
on one of the many different wooden or pallet signs,
 my head began to swirl!  
 Making a wooden or pallet sign would be time consuming, so my trusty
chalkboard became the most obvious option.
I searched fonts, and came up with a doable free hand design.
 Next came the candles...
Sheet music is stashed all over at my house, so I grabbed some 
and every ivory candle I could find.

With a little mod podge, epsom salts and glitter,...I made some wintery glittering candles for the mantle. I gathered candlesticks, and made some makeshift ones using items from the pantry. 

The tutorial for all these projects is in my next post, 
and you can check it out by clicking here.
 I like to incorporate a cross in my Christmas decorating as well,
 to remind us that there is more to this story! 

Here, I placed a gold cross in a glass apothecary jar, 
resting in some fake snow (soap flakes).
 The garland is "iced" with vase filler...tutorial coming in the next post!
I added a mirror garland for added sparkle and reflection.
Silvery pine cones are scattered amongst the greenery,
and assorted ornaments are dangling from the branches.
The Christmas mantle is all aglow,...
But what's missing? Did you notice?...

the stocking hangers are empty,... but not for long!


  1. I must say Janis... this is beautiful... I love that Jesus is the center of your decor.. It is just beautiful... did you do the letters freehand? if so, great job! Blessings!

    1. Oh Patty, thank you so much for your lovely comment! I did a quick freehand job on the chalkboard, and it is not as perfect as I'd like, but it will work! There are lots of ways to trace, etc., but I was in a hurry to get it done! Blessings to you!!

  2. Janis, your mantel is fabulous! Love the candles and the are just so talented! All of the elements just work together beautifully!

    1. Shenita, it is so fun when it all comes together! Thank you for taking a look and encouraging me!!! Love to you...xoxo

  3. that is so pretty janis. I love everything about it, especially the cross!

    1. Laura,thank you so much! I love your style and I appreciate your opinion and compliment! You made me smile!

  4. Your mantel is gorgeous! I love the mirror garland. I have never seen that before. I bet it really makes you mantel sparkle.

  5. Very pretty - love the chalkboard and your printing is perfect!!

  6. Janis, this is really gorgeous. Love it all. Thanks for sharing at A Homespun Christmas.

  7. It's absolutely beautiful! I'm especially taken with the candles.
    Marty@Marty's Musings

  8. I LOVE your chalk board!!! Did you you buy it or make it yourself? I really like the color/finish of the frame!


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