I’ve been waiting anxiously to share my Scandinavian inspired mantel with you guys. It’s been up since the week before Thanksgiving. No apologies; I’m owning it. So what exactly defines a Scandinavian mantel? Honestly, I’m not really sure. In my mind, it has a simple color palette with lots of white, minimal decorations (perhaps some homemade), and an earthy vibe. If it looks like IKEA was involved, you’re in the neighborhood. So, I’m deeming mine a Scandinavian mantel. I hope I don’t offend anyone with a more sophisticated sense of Nordic style.
I rarely spend much on Christmas decorations, because I feel an unnatural need to change things up every year. For eleven months, my mantel is constantly being rearranged and rarely do I like the way it looks. December is the one month when I love it. This year I allowed myself to spend $20 for a new look.
Here’s how it all came together… I took a frame that was in the attic and used a gold paint pen on butcher paper to create the Noel art. I found the little cardboard box houses on sale at Michael’s for $1.50, painted them white, and decorated with some pom-poms and gold trim. (These were so much fun; I wish I would have bought more.) The little trees are from Wal Mart, .$75- $1.00 each. The paper stars took a while but cost me nothing since I had white card stock and string on hand. I used this tutorial and then added a little gold paint pen on the creases of each star.
…And then we just watch Elf.