December 2, 2010

Deckin' the Halls

 One of my favorite places to decorate {for any season} is the mantle.  So many possibilities, that I like to change it up each year.  This year we did a shimmery, copper/green theme.  I found these giant ornaments on after-Christmas-clearance at Steinmart last year.  I cut the strings off and used them to add a little funky-elegance.
 I couldn't quite skip red altogether, so I added a few balls here and there, as well as in the glass/wire jar I found at Ross for dirt cheap.
 Oh, you want to know about my white fluffy wreath?  I thought you'd never ask!
 My crafty daughter and I made it out of a hay wreath and coffee filters (call me crazy).   She was the official folder and I was the official burner of fingers  gluer.  Once we were done, I gave it a little hair cut:
 It was such a fun and relatively easy craft.  Just fold the filters (not the cone filters) into fourths and start gluing.  You may want to curse me when you are about 1/2 way done, but then you will get your second wind and be oh-so-happy with the finished product.
I'm thinking about doing one with the natural colored filters for the summer.
Whatdayathink?

*I'm linking up with Rhoda and Layla in the Holiday Home Party*  

14 comments:

Richella said...

Your mantelscape is beautiful, Gretchen! Your coffee filter wreath looks great, and I love all the other elements. You know how I feel about the greenery! And I'm impressed with the ornamentation you bought at SteinMart--I'm a clearance girl, too!

By the way, I know you're a Trader Joe's shopper. Where do you go to Trader Joe's? The only one I know about around here is in Chapel Hill. . . you don't shop at that one, do you? It's about 12 minutes from my house!!

Bugs and Sunshine said...

lovin' that you and your daughter made the wreath together...such sweet memories for a little girl to be decorating with her mama...

Jennifer said...

Really cute! I love the idea of the brown filter wreath for summer, too. These wreaths are so much fun to make:) Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

cute as always, my crafty friend! you really should put together a coffee table book on mantles. :) i love all the pictures of your mantle throughout the year!

erin

Jenn A said...

I'm seeing those coffee filter wreaths on a few blogs that I read. I think they look great! I'd like to make a natural colored one for my living room....maybe after Christmas. Your mantle looks fun and pretty!

Mom said...

And it's even prettier IRL! Love having such a crafty daughter!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Stopping by from the vignette party! :) What a beautiful mantle you have. What did you use for the greenery? I LOVE it. Gorgeous! What a fun wreath project!

Anonymous said...

Love the wreath Gretchen! I'd like to know how to do it - can you give me a website or something (or maybe a tutorial??) Carmen R.

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

Looks just charming! Those trees are so fun! Love the color coordinating star in the middle of the wreath too.

pk @ Room Remix said...

Hi Gretchen! Your mantle is so pretty! I like the color scheme and especially like the texture that the wreath adds.

Did you get my e-mail? You won the BHG iPad app and BHG magazine subscription on my blog (http://roomremixblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/decorating-with-silver-trays-and-two.html). As soon as I hear back from you I'll be able to get your prizes out to you.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Terri said...

I love the wreath Gretchen! So what did I do, get right up from the computer, grab a coffee filter, fold it and yep, gotta get a wreath now! Great idea, thanks!

Amy said...

Loving that wreath & I think the natural colored one would be awesome too!

Kellie said...

So, first of all... I love how you blow me away with your gift of decorations. I would never, ever, in a million years imagine how to do what you do. I do the same thing every year and thing I have done something pretty neat. LOL

That wreath is amazing! Love it!

Carpool Queen said...

I like the brown/lime combo. I'm doing some of that this year on the exterior wreaths.

The interior is still pretty heavy on the glitter and macaroni.