I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, got lots to eat, crossed off a few things on your Christmas shopping list and enjoyed some down time. I did… it felt great to relax and hang out with family, but now it is full-speed ahead to getting my house decked out for the holidays. Today I am taking part in Christmas Mantels Around America with a group of other home bloggers where we are are sharing our Christmas mantel decorating ideas.
Back in the spring, one of the first big projects I took on after we moved into the lake house was to update the 1970’s brick wall and fireplace in the living room to stone. You can see the before photo in this post and read how I created a floating mantel using the top of an unwanted piece of furniture.
Decorating the mantel for Christmas was something I have been thinking about since the makeover. I moved south a year ago where snow is pretty much non-existent from what I am used to seeing around Christmastime having lived in Pennsylvania most of my life.
With the lake and outdoors being the main focus of the house, I decided to bring the outdoors in and create a white Christmas myself on the mantel.
I also decided to go with the color red and plaid this year after using turquoise and pink the last few years. I bought the stockings and white candles at HomeGoods, the Denver plaid throw is from Pottery Barn. I made the Let It Snow canvases and the tree branch slices that the candles are sitting on. The greenery is from my yard. I have included free printable .pdfs (below) of the words Let IT Snow if you would like to make the canvases.
The tall trees are the same ones I used to decorate my foyer with last year in my previous house.
When I was deciding what to do on the mantel I knew I wanted to use lettering.
… and of course no Christmas mantel is complete without stockings.
If you look closely you can see I added glitter snowflakes to each canvas that is leaning against the stone fireplace wall. The glitter makes them look extra special when the light hits them at night.
They were very easy to make using inexpensive stretched canvases I bought at Walmart. One of the budget friendly aspects of working with stretched canvases is that once you don’t need them you can paint something new right over them. So in the future you may see these three showing up here on my blog transformed into something completely different.
Christmas Mantel Decorating: How to Make Let It Snow Canvases
Download the free printable .pdfs for the words Let, It and Snow here:
supplies needed: list includes affiliate links
- 3 – 18″ x 24″ stretched canvases – Walmart
- Black craft paint
- Medium-tipped black Sharpie
- Fine tipped artist paint brush
- Graphite transfer paper
- Large paper snowflakes
- Spray adhesive
- White, clear, or silver glitter
- Painter’s tape
How to Transfer the Words Let, It and SNOW to the Canvases
- Print out the .pdfs above on your printer. The word SNOW is on two different .pdfs. The letters SN on one and OW on the other. Cut around the letters and tape together to spell SNOW as shown in the photo above.
- Cut a piece of transfer paper to the same size as the words, let, it and snow.
- Find the center on the canvas and lay down the piece of transfer paper over center of canvas so graphite side is face down. Place SNOW print out on top. Use painter’s tape to secure to center of canvas.
- Trace over the outer edge of the letters with a pencil using even pressure.
- Remove the tape, word, and transfer paper and you will be left with an outline of the traced word.
- Repeat for the the words, let and it.
7. Go over the traced outline of the word with a black Sharpie. Let dry. Then fill in each letter using a fine-tipped paint brush and craft paint. Let dry.
TIP: Place a paper towel on the canvas to rest your hand on while you paint. It will lessen any smudges on your hands from getting on the white canvas.
How to Attach the Snowflakes to the Canvas
Line a baking tray with foil to help keep glitter from getting everywhere. Once you are finished applying the glitter, clean up will be easy as all you will need to do it crumple the foil and throw it away.
I added two snowflakes to each canvas. One on the upper left and one on the lower right corner.
- Lay snowflake right side up on foil-lined tray. Spray a light coat of spray adhesive over snowflake making sure you cover the entire surface.
- Sprinkle glitter over the snowflake and then shake excess glitter off of snowflake onto tray.
- Place snowflake on right bottom of canvas and determine placement. Cut away excess (overhanging part of snowflake) with scissors.
- Spray back of snowflake with spray adhesive and attach to canvas. Repeat process for each snowflake.
How to Add Snow or Flocking to Greenery
- Set up a large piece of paper or flattened cardboard box and place greenery on it. Spray a light coat of spray adhesive over the greenery and then sprinkle glitter over it.
- Hold each piece of greenery up and spray a few shots of spray snow over it. Let dry.
Lay greenery along mantel and if you want to create more snow, sprinkle the greenery with fake snow that you can buy in a bag at the craft store.
I haven’t gotten a Christmas tree yet, but that is next up on my holiday decorating list. It will be going to the the left of the fireplace.
Do you decorate your mantel or house for the holidays? If so, you will enjoy visiting these other fabulous blogs in the Christmas Mantels Across America tour today to see how they’ve decorated their Christmas mantels in the region where they live!
Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas From: