DIY Christmas…part 2: Beautiful Christmas Mantle

It’s done! I knew as soon as I got started on both the old window and the nutcrackers that I would be doing the mantle the second both dried.

What do you think? It’s the biggest diversion from what I’ve typically done, but I must say I am loving it.



The little red cardinal on the wreath and the vase with my collection of vintage door knobs are two of my favourite details. The nutcrackers were a steal a garage sale a few years ago, I think I paid $1 for the pair, but they weren’t in the best condition. It’s amazing what some paint can do!


I hope you’re inspired to give your Christmas mantle a little something different this year.


  1. by Heather on November 7, 2013  12:23 am Reply

    Love the minimalist makeover on those nutcrackers, but my favourite element is the spray painted branches. So simple, rustic and glam all the same time! :)

    • by Heather on November 7, 2013  6:39 am Reply

      thanks Heather! I did those last year and have loved them ever since. I added little butterflies to them in the spring, it was so pretty:)

  2. by Dilovely on November 7, 2013  8:56 pm Reply

    I never thought of doorknobs as festive - shows how much I know! This post makes me wish I had a mantle. (Once upon a time, we had a fake fireplace in the basement. It was literally the ugliest thing in the world, so we sledgehammered it.)

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  5. by Lindsey on December 16, 2013  2:45 pm Reply

    Love the new look of your nutcrackers! Goldy goodness!

    • by Heather on December 16, 2013  2:55 pm Reply

      Thanks Linds! I love them:) although I'm already tempted to paint them solid white for next Christmas, LOL!

  6. by Tara @ Suburble on December 18, 2013  3:45 am Reply

    Love all of the gold! Those golden branches are a nice touch, too!

    • by Heather on December 18, 2013  6:58 am Reply

      Thanks so much Tara:)

  7. by Dani @ lifeovereasy on December 19, 2013  10:10 am Reply

    That window looks amazing there - great focal point. And those nutcrackers are a steal!

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