12.13.2011

Marshmallow Wonderland Christmas and Winter Mantels

Hi everybody, are you staying busy busy with all your holiday projects?  December is whizzing by so fast that I've only had time to make half of the things that I planned to.  New Christmas stockings for my mantel shelf were on my list of things to make, but they might have to wait until next year.  I'm just about out of time to get them done, it's crazy how fast the days are going by!  As I am writing this, my 5 year old just came in and said  "When will Christmas be here, it's taking for-e-ver."  Lol, wish my Christmas would come as slow as his. :)

Christmas Mantel

So even without the new stockings, I wanted to show you my Christmas Mantel.  It's an expanded version of the Marshmallow Wonderland Vignette that I posted about earlier.  The subway art and trees alone were just not enough for such a large shelf .  I also wanted to display something for December that reflected more of the 'reason for the season'.



Winter Mantel

Here's a peek at how it will probably look in January with the Marshmallow World side of the subway art.  I may switch it up some.  The snowman family is carved from wood and was a sweet gift from a friend.



Scripture Subway Art

When I posted about my marshmallow wonderland vignette, I mentioned that I wanted to add another subway art to the back of the marshmallow world verse.   My sister directed me to a scripture that could be used for both Christmas and Easter or really at any time.  It's found in 1 John 4:9.  I fit it onto the boards as best I could, looking back I may have changed a couple of things, but I really love the scripture and it's message so I can overlook the spacing.



The subway art wasn't tall enough and didn't look quite right, so I set it on four small cut logs to give it some height. 

The rattan balls are from the dollar store and came in a pack of six.  I think they look like snowballs, so they were a fun addition.  They fit better with the Marshmallow World side of the subway art, but I think they still look okay with the Christmas theme.

The garland is from JoAnn's.  I only paid $10 for it on sale and it was enough for my mantel, to run across my stair rail, and also to put over a mirror. 

The 'snow' is just a low loft bonded batting that I cut to fit the top of the mantel shelf.


Berry Twig Wreath

As soon as I saw this wreath at JoAnn's, I knew it was just what I wanted.  I used a coupon and was able to buy it for only $20.


I bought the nest separate from the wreath and added some feathers to it.  I wanted to place a white dove in the nest, but could only find them in a box of 8.   Since I have no use for 8 doves (and the box was still $8 at 40% off,  I'm perfectly happy with just the feathers for now.  They add a little softness to the wreath and who knows maybe I'll find a little white or red bird on clearance to use next year.




Decorative Vinyl Plate

This was one of the easier projects.  I cut out a vinyl nativity silhouette in three colors, then put it on a plate from the dollar store.  The easel is also from the dollar store. The vinyl image is from the Silhouette store.


Trees

Click here for tutorials on each of the trees and the subway art.  You can learn how I made the mantel shelf here.


Well, that's it!  It's not your typical mantel, but I think it's uniqueness is what I love the most about it.   I still want to add some battery powered tea lights and of course the new stockings if I can get them sewn in time.   If I get it done I'll be sure to show you. :) 



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21 comments:

lynn said...

your projects look so fabulous clustered together, janet! the mantel is omg awesome!

Hi, I'm Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your wooden Christmas sign is swoon worthy!

A Lived in Home said...

Your trees and sign are amazing! Merry Christmas!

Jenna said...

Wow! I absolutely love this! Your blog has some wonderful ideas! :)

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Karen said...

So pretty Janet! I love LOVE the scripture on the other side of the Marshmellow world sign. Your mantle looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica Nelson said...

Your mantel is lovely. :-) I love 1 John too. Great book. Thanks for sharing the pics!

Brenda Williams said...

My favorite thing is the nativity plate...wow it is so pretty.

Corinna said...

This is gorgeous! I think if I tried to do this, it would just look like a jumbled mess on my mantel. I don't know how you do it! :)

Janet said...

To Corinna: Through lots of trial and error. :) Thanks Corinna!

odetoinspiration said...

They both look fabulous!! I love the shade of green you used with the white and natural earth elements. Thanks for sharing!

Lish said...

I love your wreath! The feathers in the nest is such a cute touch...very festive mantel :)

Finding Home said...

What a great transition - I love the new subway art and the nativity scene plate!

Danielle said...

Your mantel looks amazing! I absolutely love the subway art! I'd love for you to link up to my Feature Friday Linky Party

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/12/feature-friday-linky-party_15.html

Ruth said...

Your mantel looks gorgeous. I love it all.
Ruth

CSI girl said...

I love this and I always enjoy your projects.
I am looking for people to do tutorials for January and I am actually looking for new people. It will be a new year after all.
Email me if you are interesed in doing a tutorial on the CSI Projct
www.thecsiproject.com
dee@thecsiproject.com
Jan. 10th and 11th- Winter crafts and decor-- This project would be perfect and I would love to feature it!
of course, then you will have the chance to do a tutorial every month after because I will add you to the list.

Let me know!
Dee, The CSI Girl

Karen said...

Thanks for linking this up at Friday Frolic Janet! I love your mantle:) You are a great bloggy friend and i hope we can meet someday!

Sharon Field / Created By You said...

What a beautiful vignette! Love the white on white theme... LOL, would match my holiday decor perfectly!

shopannies said...

love your christmas decor all looks awesome
come see my post that I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2011/12/deer-day-and-recipe.html

The Southern Product Queen said...

Love your ideas! I'm having a linky party as well on my blog. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/27/the-linky-party-1227-1231/

misslissa said...

ust wondering if you had printables for the subway are in this project

Janet said...

To misslissa: I didn't post printables because I used the Silhouette program to design them. I have a version of the Marshmallow World Subway Art saved in Publisher though and could e-mail that one to you if you're interested.

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