Hi there! I’m Meaghan and I co-blog with my sister at 2 Sisters 2 Cities. While we live in two separate cities, our blog has been a great way to stay connected over the past three years. We love to share recipes, DIY projects, and party ideas on our blog. Be sure to stop by 2 Sisters 2 Cities this month for our annual twelve days of Christmas cookies where we share twelve different cookie recipes.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I’m starting to transition my house into Christmas mode! An easy way to give your home some instant holiday cheer is by sprucing up a fireplace mantel. I made a few DIY projects and used a few store-bought items to decorate my mantel with a silver, gray, and blue theme.
One of the first projects I made were these felt scalloped trees inspired by Land of Nod. I wanted to be able to customize the colors of the trees and I thought these cute little felt trees would be a fairly easy project to take on. Most of the materials can be found at a craft store, like Michaels.
Felt Scalloped Trees:
- Foam cones
- 8.5″x11″ sheets of felt
- small circular cap to trace circles (I used the cap of a spice bottle)
- glue gun
Use the circular cap and a pen/pencil to trace circles onto sheets of felt. Cut out the circles. Starting from the bottom, glue circles to the foam cone with a glue gun, overlapping each circle with another circle. Work your way up the cone by continuing to overlap the felt circles. When you reach the top, pinch the top circles together and adhere with a drop of glue (be careful not to burn yourself!).
I always enjoy making customized banners for my fireplace mantel. I love this partial lyric from the classic Christmas carol Silent Night: “All is bright.” I picked this message to help remind myself to enjoy all the special moments throughout the holiday season.
Holiday Banner Mantel
- decorative scrapbook paper
- scallop paper punch
- white printer paper
- double-sided tape
- masking tape
- ribbon or twine
Pick a holiday message and count the number of letters in it (don’t forget to count spaces as well.) Use a scallop punch to make cuts from decorative scrapbook paper for the number of letters and spaces in the message. Next, use an application like picmonkey to write out your message in a font of your choice. Print onto white paper. Use a cup or glass to trace a small circle over each letter and use scissors to cut it out each traced circle. Use double-sided tape to attach the printed circle letters to the scalloped circle cuts. Attach each letter to ribbon or twine with masking tape across the back of the scalloped circle cut.
I made the metallic wreath by spray-painting a plain green wreath with silver paint. I then attached a large silver bow to the top. The reindeer stocking holders and sequin reindeer were purchased at a store. check out my Finder’s Keepers links below for some fun alternatives available at Wayfair!
- Meaghan from 2 Sisters 2 Cities