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Since we don’t have a real mantel – I have turned the hubby’s speaker shelf that we built out of a stair into my faux mantel!  And when I say that I turned it into a faux mantel – what I mean is that I have claimed all the space not being taken up by the speaker!   Try to ignore the large speaker in the middle! 


So on the right – we have my fantastic new Noel word art sign that I knocked off from Pottery Barn.  I love how it turned out and love all the wonderful comments you guys have left me on it! 


I also made this lovely little tree out of some of the mini ornaments they have been selling in the Target $1 bins.  Anyone else pick those up?  I will post a tutorial on it later this week! 


Now on the left hand side – to mirror the height I had with the Noel sign – I put up a wooden Santa figure that my Hubby’s Nanny made.  Yeah – you heard me – she made it.  She cut it out of wood herself and hand painted it!  Not just one – she made a bunch!  Hand painted!!!  I wish for that kind of talent!


I also put up a smaller ceramic Santa and a mosaic snowman hurricane vase!  Very festive!


So there you go – it is pretty simple. But it looks great sitting over top of my TV!   The height of the two wooden pieces is just perfect with the vaulted ceiling in the room!  I have a few more tweaks I am making and then I will show you some of the rest of the holiday touches I have added around the house. 


So what about you guys?  What kind of mantel are you planning?  Do you have a large speaker in the middle of yours?  Probably not – that is probably just me!  :)

Linking this up to

Tabletop Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life
Holiday Home Mantel Party with Layla @ The Lettered Cottage

11 frugal friends said ...

Linda@Coastal Charm said... @ November 29, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Your little ornament tree is just darling and so THRIFTY!!!!


I’m hosting a CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE on 12/9…would love to have you join in on the FUN!!!

Farah said... @ November 29, 2010 at 11:23 PM

Love your Christmas shelf decor, specially your ornamental tree...
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Marlee said... @ November 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Your faux mantel looks great. There's a whole lot of cute going on there so you don't even notice the speaker. I have to decorate around speakers of assorted sizes also...two on my entertainment center and one on my hearth.

Unknown said... @ November 30, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I love your decorations, especially the ornament tree and PB knockoff Noel sign! I might just have to copy those. ;)

We do have a mantel, and although we don't have a speaker on it, we do have a large stereo system to the left of the fireplace. It's a real eysore, but what can I say - we like our music!


Anonymous said... @ November 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

I bought 4 packs of the mini ornaments at Target because I had been looking for them for years for another project, but am gonna use them for the ornament tree instead.

Unknown said... @ November 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM

I love your mantle display. Your snowman mosaic is really cute too. I usually don't do much with my mantle as far as decorating for the holidays. I pretty much leave it as is and no, it doesn't have a speaker in the middle lol

Debbiedoos said... @ November 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM

Love the PB knock off...just did one myself. Your display looks adorable, really good job!

the mama said... @ November 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Ah I love the little tree! I was late to the party on making an ornament wreath this year and I have lots left over. Love this idea! (And the Noel one too!)

Erin said... @ December 4, 2010 at 5:33 PM

No large speaker, but challenges nontheless! I like your "mantle"!

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