Did you know this year is the first year I have a fireplace mantel to decorate? None of our houses have had one before! So I was pretty excited to play around with some Christmas decorations on the mantel and I love the buffalo plaid piece I made.
The mantel isn’t very deep, so I can’t do very much layering. But a few big pieces need to fill up the space because the ceilings are high.
I just wrapped up the front like a present and taped it around the back side. To attach the white wreath I used a thumbtack to stick the black fabric loop to the wood brace in the back of the canvas. Then I set it back up on the shelf.
The wood frame has a piece of burlap on it that I painted with a stencil. I cut out “O Holy Night” from freezer paper (cut it shiny side up, and mirrored, so you can iron it shiny side down and it will stick to the burlap.)
Use black paint and stencil brush to paint the sign. Peel up the freezer paper when it’s dry.
To balance out the height of the plaid canvas, I put smaller items on both side of the mantel. Here’s a metal basket filled with pinecones and gold ornaments.
And the other side has a gold vase and twine-wrapped cone tree with jingle bells glued to it. I hope you got some good ideas, and I’d love to hear if any plaid is showing up in your holiday decorating!
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