I am pretty head over heels happy with how my Christmas mantel turned out. The process actually started about 2 months ago.
I started to collect taper holders at thrift shops and the good old Goodwill. I wasn't to particular about the color just the shape. So I picked up a of mix of glass, wood, and mostly brass.
I quickly primed and spray painted the brass ones with some silver spray paint. They looked good.
So my plan was to have glass and silver sparkly festive wonderfulness! I also got two mercury glass bud vases that I turned into taper holder from the Pottery Barn. I arranged all of my taper holders on the mantel then I put white lights underneath so that it is all uplit. I added fresh greenery, and behold the magic!
I added so epsoms salt to the bottom of the large hurricanes as vase filler. It is sparkly and wonderful, I got the idea from Melissa over at The Inspired Room.
I am not lucky enough to have plug-ins on the mantel so there is always a cord hanging down (which drives me CRAZY!!!) This year I could take it no more, so I took some fresh greenery and some grosgrain ribbon, and some hot glue and fashioned a homemade garland/cord disguise. I like it better than the exposed cord!!
So there you have it, my Christmas mantel. It is simply enchanting at night, and I just could not be happier!!
Thanks so much for taking a look, feel free to leave me a comment. I love them as much as I love my mantel!!
I linked up with Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality, she is hosting a Christmas Mantel link party! Go check it out, it is chock full of Christmas wonderful!!