Update your Mantel

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I recently took down my Christmas Decor and my house looks so bare and not cozy :( .. gloom, despair… So, I decided this year I am going to do something about it!  Yay!  Here are my inspiring mantel ideas in hopes that soon I will add love, color, texture, varying heights, and lots of fun back to our mantel!

Top 5 things to give our mantel back it’s love:

1.  GARLAND~  Garland does not have to be used only for the Holidays, so I am going to make a “year round” garland or even for other Holidays besides Christmas… Valentine’s Day, Easter, etc.

2.  PATTERN~  Different Patterns add so much texture, depth and life to your mantel, I can’t wait to see what I can come up with using lots of different patterns :)

3.  COLOR~  We have a white mantel, so color is key for us!  I love bright pops of reds, oranges, yellows and blues!  Oh, of course Pink and Purple too… you can never have enough color!

4.  MIRROR(S)~  Mirrors add depth and space to your mantel or any space in your home.  I especially love putting sculptures, patterned vases, cups, plates in front of the mirror so it will reflect the beautiful patterns and shape of the objects you choose.

5.  SOMETHING FUN~  Don’t forget to add a little spice to your mantel… We only live once!  No boring mantels here! :)

Have fun decorating your “After Christmas Mantel” :)  Please send pictures of your mantel ideas, I’d love to see! :)

 

Re-Purposed

Re-purposing is the best!  It is Eco-Friendly, great on your wallet, creative, unique, one-of-a-kind and definitely lots of fun!  You can customize used items for things you need around your home.  Plus, re-purposed items make for great conversation pieces and you can feel proud that you helped the environment and got crafty with something new, useful and unique in your home.

I love the painted crates which you can use for just about anything, especially storage.  The re-purposed tin cans are so cute and if you find you only have plain silver cans, try painting them or gluing your favorite patterned paper to the outside and yours will be extra unique!  Have fun finding new ways to use your old “junk” or someone else’s junk :)