DIY Christmas Mantel

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I what to slip you a note.

A note that says, “Let’s decorate together over the internet.”

I once slipped a note to Mike during a business lunch.  We took a trip together to Indianapolis.

Mike on business, me on monkey business.  

I decided to go to the same restaurant as Mike and his business partner.  I wrote a note to Mike and asked our waitress to quietly slip the note to him.  She was game!  I didn’t let her know I knew Mike.  She slipped the note to Mike, turned and gave me a big thumbs up!

If that waitress could see us now!

Consider this your note to decorate together over coffee and the internet!

DIY Christmas Mantel

Today I’m thrilled to be a small part of the Home for the Holidays Blog Tour. 🙂

Home for the Holidays Blog Tour

I’m thrilled also to share 5 days and 30 blogs full of Christmas ideas and recipes.  Make sure to check in each day this week to see everything.

Don’t you love peeking into others holidays plans??  I do.

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Today we are peeking at Christmas mantels.  Make sure to join me at the bottom of this post to see all the mantels.


And here’s our mantel for this Christmas season!

I put together a slideshow showing the steps to decorate your mantel for any time of the year.


Each year I pick a general theme to decorate with for Christmas.  I don’t always stick with the theme…but as long as it’s fun and creative that’s okay.


This year’s theme is a playful rustic farmhouse.


Yikes, in this picture the candle looks like it’s burning the shaggy tree!

It’s not!!  The candle is a battery candle.

But I did go double check. 😕

The details

DIY Christmas Mantel | Country Design Style |

The sleigh is full of mercury glass ornaments with little lights on copper wire.

A mercury glass tree lights with batteries.

The shaggy trees are glowing from tiny led lights.

Chalkboards were all hand drawn but used a print for the holly to imitate.  The chalkboard in the firebox area is a work in progress.

That black spindle on the left has absolutely no purpose other than I like it.



Click the link below to visit the DIY projects in this post

Scrap Wood Mantel
Chunky Battery Candles
Cotton Stems
Shaggy Tree {small}
Shaggy Tree {large}
Chalkboard Lettering
Chair Back Chalkboard
& just for fun



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Send me a note in comments below…no waitress needed. 🙂

Now join me on the blog tour…let’s get inspired to decorate for the holidays!


It is with much excitement that I join this year’s Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is the 3rd year for her HFTH tour, and we promise to bring some of the most awesome decor, craft and recipe ideas you’ll find anywhere. It has gotten bigger and better each year and I think you’re going to love what you see! So stay tuned – it’s 30 blogs over the week, with a different topic each day. Be sure you come back here every day to get the links for that day’s featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:

Monday – Holiday Mantels

Country Design Style | Duke Manor Farm | Domestically Speaking

Organize and Decorate Everything | Sondra Lyn at Home | Two Purple Couches

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes

An Alli EventNot Just Paper and Paint  | Nourish and Nestle

StoneGable  | Sweet Pea | What Meegan Makes

Wednesday – Holiday Crafts

An Extraordinary Day | Lovely Etc | Lilacs and Longhorns

Lydi Out Loud | Salvage Sister and Mister | Weekend Craft

Thursday – Holiday Decor

Atta Girl Says | Chatfield Court | Create & Babble

Designers Sweet Spot | The Heathered Nest | Worthing Court

Friday – Holiday Tablescapes

Celebrating Everyday Life |Cottage at the Crossroads | Cottage in the Oaks

The Everyday Home | Postcards from the Ridge |  2 Bees in a Pod

Are you ready? Here we go!

Home for the Holidays 2016

Holiday Mantels


Holiday Recipes


Holiday Crafts


Holiday Decor


Holiday Tablescapes


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  1. Jeanette! This whole thing is SUPER fun. The story is fantastic. Love that you slipped him a note 🙂 And your chalkboard skills are ON POINT. I need some lessons in that department for sure! Happy holidays!!

  2. Your mantle is gorgeous and I love how you included a slideshow showing each step in creating a beautiful mantle. The sleigh full of mercury glass ornaments and little twinkling lights adds a magical touch.

  3. Beautiful mantel! You’ve inspired so many ideas in me! Thank you! You have such talent and such an eye for beauty; it’s admirable!

  4. This is beautiful! I love your use of chalkboards and love that you made your own fire! My fireplace stopped working, I’m totally going to try that!

    1. Lydi, thank you! I’ve used chalkboard paint in most of the mantels I’ve made. I also need to add one to our living fireplace since it stopped working too! :/

    1. Hi, Rosemary! This is my favorite mantel I’ve ever made! It’s fun to decorate too! Glad to be on the tour with you.

  5. You created such a pretty Christmas mantel and I adore your chalk art. Your story at the beginning of your post about the note had me laughing. What a cute memory!

  6. I love all of the elements in your mantel, Jeanette! They all work beautifully together! My personal favorites are your chalkboards 🙂

  7. Hi Jeanette, so glad to have found you through our little blog hop…one of the many benefits of these little ‘get togethers’. First off, I love the story of you and Mike heading to Indy! Truly put a smile on my face. And that was before I even saw your mantle. What a lovely, lively and fun mantle to usher in the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a great week.


    1. Lol, Lynn! We often wonder if the waitress still remembers the scheme! She was having so much fun with sneaking the note to Mike. This is while I love visiting the doing the tours, we get to find other bloggers we might have missed otherwise. I’m your latest fan!

    1. Thank you, Maryann for visiting! I was excited to see you on the tour!! Have a wonderful holiday time. Hugs!

  8. Such a pretty mantel! I love that you used cotton and I adore the chalkboard art. Thanks for sharing with us!

  9. Your mantel is perfect! Love how you used the cotton… so did I!! Great minds, you know…

    Thank you again for being part of the tour again this year!!

    1. Great minds!!! Thank you, Sondra for inviting me to join the tour…and for all your hard work. I love this time of year. 🙂

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