This month we are talking about How To Decorate A Mantel
You can find all the previous DIY projects here:
How to Style a Coffee Table here,
Fall Picnic and Tailgating Ideas here,
How to Create a Simple Flower Arrangement here
Appetizers and Treats at the Ready Recipes here.
The mantel is usually a center focal point in the room
It’s front and center and deserves to be nicely decorated.
So today along with my blogger friends we are sharing our How To’s on how each of us decorates our mantels.
Let’s get right into my process when I decide its time to restyle my mantel.
Prep the mantel
First off, I completely clear the mantel and do a good cleaning/dusting.
My mantel is a reclaimed solid cherry hand-hewn beam from a 200-year-old barn.
Isn’t it astounding to think that hundreds of years ago cherry wood was used to build the structures in barns?
It has many rough areas and makes for running a cloth across it not the best way to go.
With the beam, it is more of a duster and sweeper type of cleaning.
Adding your decor items
After I have the mantel cleared and cleaned I then add the item that I have chosen to be in the middle or the main item of the display
For this I picked my large white tobacco basket
After the main item, in this case my tobacco basket is arranged on the mantel I start adding my other items.
I have a couple of topiaries that I thought would add a touch of green to the living room so I added those.
If you want to make some topiaries for yourself Here is my easy tutorial on How To Make Topiaries.
Next, I added a stack of books and a wooden scrolled bracket that I picked up on clearance for Home Depot for $4.
In this photo notice that I added the reclaimed window behind the tobacco basket. Sometimes after standing back and looking you may want to change it up a little. LOL
Which do you like better with the window or without?
There you have it. My simple process of decorating a mantel.
Thank you for joining us today.
Be sure to check out all the other ideas and decor.
Here they are: