Here is my Christmas mantel for 2012. This shows it with the lights on and you can see the lights on the tree reflected in the print. That may be all you see of the tree this year. I have decorated and redecorated that tree twice and the lights keep blowing out. I am afraid I have thrown in the towel on it. The guys in the house haven't even noticed...and couldn't care.:)
Here with the lights off you can see what I have done better. I took a 6 foot lighted, decorated garland, and centered it over the mantel. Then I took each hanging part on each side and wrapped it up on the mantel with a little twist on the center of the garland. This keeps all the decorations up high on the mantel. I babysit through the week so, I had to come up with decorations that would be toddler proof. Then I just took some tin snips and cut my hydrangeas into separate flowers and tucked them in the garland. That's it!
The garland on top of then print is real from Lowes. It was really long and has gone a long way to decorate the house. I took a five foot section of this, cut it in half, and arranged it so the garland would drape properly on the frame. I just wired it back together with pipe cleaners and placed it on the frame.
Have you been busy decking the halls?
I will join:
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Mod Mix Monday at Mod Vintage Life
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sundays at Sunny Simple Life
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Mantel Party at The Lettered Cottage