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.
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.
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.
What's crazy is that the older I get, the less I enjoy this Minnesota "Winter Wonderland".
But, it's perfect for a Christmas mantel!
A couple of wool knit stockings are hung by the fireplace with care.
Christmas Mantel 2015.
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.
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.