Winter Wonderland: Christmas Mantel 2015

When I decorate a holiday mantel, I love to find one larger anchor piece to build my mantel vignette around.  This year it was this old weathered window frame with attached sill.

Building A Christmas Mantel Around A Window Frame
I plunked it right smack dab in the center of the mantel.  I purchased the "Winter Wonderland" sign a couple weeks ago from my Junkin' Friend Jodi.

I proceeded to transform my white mantel into a rustic winter wonderland with an old rusty lantern, miniature galvanized pails with flameless candles, country Santa, winter tree and greenery, antique children's skis, and old thermoses.

Building A Christmas Mantel Around A Window Frame
I added a larger candle ring as a wreath on my "window" with a snippet of buffalo checked ribbon tied on.  I use flameless candles on my mantel with timers.  Safer and no hassle.

More greenery, an old scale, cutting board, plaid lunch box, and an enamelware pot with another candle sit on the right side of the window.

This is my great grandfather, Thron.  A Norwegian immigrant that settled in Minnesota in the late 1800's and farmed.  I love this winter photo!

This mantel has nothing fancy on it at all.  Just artfully arranged, organized clutter.

Building A Christmas Mantel Around A Window Frame
What's crazy is that the older I get, the less I enjoy this Minnesota "Winter Wonderland".

Building A Christmas Mantel Around A Window Frame
But, it's perfect for a Christmas mantel!

Building A Christmas Mantel Around A Window Frame
A couple of wool knit stockings are hung by the fireplace with care.

Building A Christmas Mantel Around A Window Frame
 Christmas Mantel 2015.

Vintage Toy Christmas Mantel
Here are my 2014 Christmas mantel anchor pieces.  See the mantel, HERE.

My 2013 vintage toy mantel was anchored by an old metal Kenmore child's stove.  See it HERE.

Bike Wheel Christmas Mantel
My anchor piece for my 2012 Christmas mantel was a red bike wheel.  See the whole mantel HERE.

Do you build your mantel around an anchor piece?  It sure helps give me direction when I style a holiday mantel.

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Decorating The Outdoors For Christmas with Junk

One of the items I purchased with my birthday money last summer was this screen door.  I had it propped up against the house last summer in a shady spot in my garden.  

Since the door was green, I got the inspiration to work it into my front door/covered patio Christmas display this year.

A Framed Scabble Tile Christmas Tree

Scrabble Tile Framed Christmas Tree
One item that is seldom in short supply at the thrift shops in my town are frames, so it's no wonder that I use frames in my projects very frequently.  Here I purchased a $2 frame and painted the frame with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen.  Then I painted the stiff cardboard back with Ash from Fushion Mineral Paint.  I then glued my Scrabble tiles on in a Christmas tree shape with ProBond glue.  The glue dries clear but does shine a bit so I touched up with a small paint brush and more Ash paint where glue had oozed out from under the tiles. The star is a wood applique from Hobby Lobby.

Vintage Inspiration Party for November 10th

Welcome back to the VIP! We have some wonderful upcycled, repurposed and vintage decor features this week we know you'll love!

Take a look at what your hosts have been up to recently!

Cute Little French Stools: Thrift Shop Makover

I found these cute little stools at the thrift shop last week.  They were unfinished wood.  First I gave them a coat of dark walnut wood stain.