Yes! That day has come where I finally show you my 2013 Christmas mantel. This one is hot off the press, the paper is still wet, the ink hasn’t dried and the machines are still running. Quite literally actually. Because please, everyone, meet my Paper Houses Christmas Mantel:
Oh this one is bright and white, and simple yet detailed, and fun and I love it! It is exactly what I had in mind. When I came up with this.
My new faux plank wall is the perfect background for it. I hammered in some nails to make the big star with a string of lights. That was the quick and easy part.
Next came crafting up my little houses. I decided to start easy and use two metal houses that I already owned. They were the inspiration for this whole mantel idea. I love them and thought it would be fun to have a whole line up of them. But I am not about to go out and buy myself a collection of houses, so instead I opted to make them myself.
For the first two I went the Kindergarten way. I used two milk cartons that I painted white (one is the middle one in the photo above) and that I cut windows out of.
That was rather easy, but also a bit limiting.
So having gained some confidence I moved on to the next two….
I made two hand drawn paper houses from two sheets of sturdy watercolor paper. It was actually much easier than I thought. I drew a flat pattern, cut the windows and doors, drew some embellishments and cut them out. Oh and above, this one does not have a blue roof line, that is light effect that is aggrevated in
I made detailed instructions, so if anyone is interested I’ll share those seperately.
For now I just want to bask in the light of my paper houses Christmas mantel.
I tried to give you an image that shows the night time effect, but that one is quite hard to capture. But believe you me, it is by far the best night-time mantel I ever had.
Well what do you think? Too white and bright for you for a Christmas mantel? Could you go without color?
Does your mantel make you as happy as mine makes me?
I sure do hope so.
Well if you need a bit of color in your life after all this white, you might hop on over to my friends. I am sure they will provide you with plenty other ideas.
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Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.