Rustic Winter Mantel Display


A home can look so bare and empty after the Christmas decorations are taken down and packed away.  Usually I automatically leap to the typical, expected Valentine's decorations.This year I felt like I needed a change, but what?  Rather than go out and buy new decorations, I decided to rummage around the house and see what I have that I could use to decorate the fireplace mantel for the remainder of the winter.   


When decorating for Christmas this past year, I had used a weathered old broken half-door that I had pulled off my wood pile outside. I brushed it off and propped it up on the mantel.  I added a wreath, a couple of tall candle sticks, some evergreens and lights.  It made for a simple, rustic mantel display.  When I took down the greens after Christmas, I decided to see how I could re-use the door and the candlesticks.  (Tip:  We keep a pile of wood outside to weather for craft and decorating purposes.  Any boards will do, but old fencing, shelving, doors or windows that have some detailing really have added character, such as the hinges and key hole on this door.)



For a door hanging, I snatched a twiggy star that I use as a tree topper on one of my primitive Christmas trees and added a piece of red berry garland.


I retrieved another piece of garland that I've had for years.  I've used it in a number of ways: draped over a cabinet door or wrapped around a candle jar. This time I just stretched it across the mantel. I ran down to my Potting Shed and nabbed an antique wooden pulley to lean against the door. I like how these rustic pieces are working together.


I captured some little snowmen inside some antique mason jars.  I replaced the candles on top of the candlesticks with some pine cones and scattered a few more among the garland.


A large apothecary jar normally sits on my laundry room counter filled with clothespins. Every once in a while I snag it for other uses.  For Christmas, I filled it with shiny red tree ornaments and set it on my kitchen shelf.  This time, I placed some white fluffy cotton on the bottom and added an antique model train house.  The string of white lights warm up the display and reflect on the glass jars, casting a sparkling glimmer on the snowy figures.


I like how it turned out.  It has a tiny hint of red color.  Where it's lacking in color, it makes up for in texture. It didn't cost me anything; I just re-used what I've had for years.  It's simple and rustic and sets a mood. I think it will do!






I especially like it when there are logs burning in the fireplace!


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16 comments:

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you came by and appreciate your thoughts! ~Katie

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  2. Meredith/GreenCircleGroveJanuary 27, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Looks so warm and inviting!

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    1. Thank you Meredith. It's especially warm and inviting when there's a fire in the fireplace! Thanks for commenting! ~Katie

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  3. How warm and pretty! Great idea!

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    1. Thank you! It's so nice to have you stop by for a "visit!" ~Katie

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  4. I love it! Rustic and lovely at the same time. Good job! :)

    Blessings,
    Janet... mamachildress
    Countrylivingmama.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Janet! How kind of you to stop by and leave such a nice comment. I appreciate it! ~Katie

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  5. I love it, Katie. The rustic door really adds so much character!

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    1. Thanks Becky! I love rustic the way some people like shiny and new. I love the character in the door too, and I try to imagine where it was in earlier days. As Bobbie would say, "If it could talk . . . ." Thanks for coming by! ~Katie

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    1. Thank you Julie! I'm glad you like it and appreciate you coming by to say so! ~Katie

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  7. Come do my mantle. It is pretty pathetic right now.

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    1. You always do a nice job decorating Andie! Just rummage around your house and see what you come up with! Then show us! Thanks for coming by and commenting! ~Katie

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  8. I love those designs.

    Coming from Simple Saturday Blog Hop. Come-by and visit me.

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  9. Amazing mantel display decoration ideas shared here. Few months ago, I arranged family dinner party at one of excellent NYC venues. Decorated venue with lovely colourful fresh flowers and also arranged a lovely table centerpiece. Everyone loved the arrangements and food.

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