November 29, 2011

Vintage Christmas Mantel Decorations

Bit by bit my Christmas decorating is getting done! For every season the first spot I like to begin with is the mantel. My inspiration for this year's mantel was a vintage greeting card box illustration of a crystal dish filled with holiday ornaments. It's a beautiful image, I'll share it with you in a later post.

I started with these thrift store vases, which I originally bought to hold tools (I even like to have my tool bench look pretty). I liked the fact that they are square--the flat sides would really show off the ornaments all pushed together against the glass. They were 88 cents each (gotta love that). The ivory bases I picked up from Target last year. I think it's so unexpected to top the candle bases with a vase of ornaments; it's definitely one of my favorite looks.

I still wanted some candles on the mantel. I chose to mix metals and crystal. The silver bases are were my mothers, the crystal pair were wedding gifts and the tallest set is from Goodwill.

I pulled out the chippy window again to give the display some height. This has been a really versatile piece to use no matter the season.

I topped it off with a silver/gold metallic spray I've had for years... love to add a little sparkle here and there!

It needed another little something to balance it off; this thrift shop sugar bowl fits the bill.

I could stare at these baubles all day long. I actually can enjoy these ornaments more in the vases than on the tree--the glass really shows them off.

Do you do something different with your decorations each year or keep things the same? I like to mix it up a bit. I really enjoy the process so it's a challenge to see if I can do a new look with the same decorations.

Check out these link's from last week! Thanks to those of you who linked up last week--such a variety of posts to choose from. I am featuring three partiers from last week.

First up are these beautiful chevron canvases from Because I Like to Decorate. They were leftover from another use and Mary made these beautiful panels. What I love is that they can be moved around--nothing permanent, and of course they're gorgeous!

Check out the post from A Wee Meenit on this adorable pillow. Can you believe it is made from a Goodwill hooded sweater?

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