Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Mantel "Wrapped Up"

Here's a Christmas-y decoration on my living room mantel that is gold, glittery, easy to make...and very inexpensive, .

I wrapped several faux gifts in matching paper from the dollar store...

...in different shapes and sizes...

...gold ribbon from my stash...

...then added votives and a smidge of greenery...

...topped off with a glittery wreath...Done!

Yay... and I already had everything. No rushing around to the mall looking for decorations. 
Ha, ha...Yes, I did run around like a crazy woman, and  I didn't find a thing...and the traffic was aw-ful!

Tip: If you decide to make boxes for display, before you wrap them, put something in the empty boxes, to make them heavier/more stable. 
Don't ask me how many times I knocked over the empty boxes while arranging them. :)

xo Babs

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Denise said...

Beautiful, Barbara! Your new fireplace mantel looks great -- I miss the white mantel from our first house. Your tip is a good one and I'll keep that in mind. :)

Thanks for sharing and Merry, merry...


Denise at Forest Manor

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a pretty idea, Babs! Your mantel looks great! Hope you're enjoying the season.

Debbie said...

Very pretty! I love all of the gold!

Anonymous said...

Hi Babs and I love this idea! Your mantel is beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...


Unknown said...

I may have to steal this idea for next years mantel! Love the height the gifts create and the little bit of shiny and glitter. Just right!

Unknown said...

Love this idea - affordable but makes a big impact!

Visiting for the first time (from N Ireland)

Stacey said...


Linda @ A La Carte said...

That is so pretty! I wish I had a mantel every Christmas!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The gold really looks elegant. I had planned to wrap small gifts for my dolls to have. I better get busy! Holiday hugs, Diane

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

What a great idea and it's so pretty!

Kelly said...

You always do things up so classy! I just love how your mantel looks. The faux pkg's look so good and I love the touch of greenery you added with it.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

How very pretty. Love the wrapped gifts in gold. I can just picture you knocking over the boxes....LOL. happy Holidays.

Alycia Nichols said...

GREAT tip on putting something IN the boxes to stabilize them!!! I found that out through trial and error a few years back, and I ended up using double-sided tape to secure the "gifts" to the floor. Lesson learned!

Sorry you had to get out there in the fray! I've been doing my best to avoid it all. NOT my idea of fun in any way, shape or form!!!

Have a good weekend!

Pat said...

Gorgeous Gold Boxes, dear friend!!!
LOVE the votives and the bits of greenery!!!