Our First RUSTIC Christmas Mantel - Twigs, Berries and Reindeer

Here we go!!!   Let's get right into the Rustic Christmas decorating!

Alright, I'll admit, I'm not always ready to start decorating for Christmas but this year is my FIRST year (after a FIVE year renting era) in our new house.

You have to understand, in the rental, we didn't even HAVE a mantel.  I was very thankful for that house but c'mon people, I am an interior designer and I went 5 years without a mantel.  :-)

So I guess I'm a little excited.......bear with me :-)

I wasn't sure what my plan was for my huge mantle but I was walking around Michaels with my eldest daughter and we walked by this GIANT (I mean H.U.G.E) wood wreath and I started laughing and said to my daughter, "Look at that wreath, who in their right mind would buy a huge thing like that??"  We got a kick out of it, chuckling over the idea of the crazy person who would want that.

But of course, as things usually progress......that night when most people's minds SHUT OFF, mine starts to spin and it hit me I AM the weirdo that would by a giant wooden twig wreath!

We went back the next day, and I grabbed that 3' round wreath.......my daughter just looked at me and said, "Weren't we cracking up yesterday thinking that the person who would buy that would was crazy?"  I responded, "YEP, and it will be PERFECT on our mantel" :-)

'Wood twig wreath
I told my youngest to "pose" so people could compare her to the BIG wreath!  It is 3 1/2 feet wide!!!!

You want to know how much that wooden wreath was?  $12.00 (with my 40% off coupon)  Can you believe that? (insert happy dance!)  I am just giddy that something so large that can make such a big statement was only 12 bucks!  YEA!  All the other trimmings (beads string and lights) were things I already had on hand.

Those reindeer I bought at the thrift store for .50 cents each :-)  And all the greenery was purchased last year on a 75% off clearance sale!  All of those Beautiful Red Candles came from a friend and they have a great story if you want to click on over later.

The candle story has something to do with the little munchkin below :-)

Tuscan Fireplace with red stockings and twig wreath

AND last but not least, I have to show it to you with the lights off :-)  My eldest daughter said her favorite thing to do before she goes to bed is sit in the living room with all the lights off "at least for 30 seconds"

I actually took these pictures before we got our Christmas tree......you see, getting a tree is my husband's job and he's not as gong ho about this whole decorating right away stuff :-)  It's OK though, he's stuck with me!  SOOOO in a post or two, I'll show you the tree.  Someday, I'd love to collect a million birds like the one below and have a Christmas tree decorated in birds and berries.  When my ship comes in, I'll do that but for right now, decorating my mantel for 12.00 is good enough for me!

                                 Come check out the rest of my Christmas Home Tour!

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Christmas Vignettes!

Front Porch



  1. It is so pretty! I love the natural look and the lights are great!! Dumb question, do you have an outlet on your mantel or are the lights battery operated? I would love to have lights on my mantel but I have no outlet nearby. How long do battery operated ones last?

    1. I actually had the electricians add an outlet at the top of the mantel :-) I guess I had Christmas on my mind :-) if you had an extension cord that blended in and had it run along the bottom and sides I wonder if you could pull it off? I got some REALLY pretty LED battery operated lights that look like tall candles this year. You could buy a batch of those and decorate your mantel with them. (it would look gorgeous!) They are even on a timer so they are on for 5 hours (during the evening) and off for 19. Buy them at the end of the season (lowes or home depot)if you want to save on them.....the regular price was quite a bit!

  2. Thanks for sharing! Your decorations look great! I know what you mean by being ready to decorate for Christmas in your new space. This is actually my first year in decorating my own Christmas tree. And it is exciting! So have fun! And I look forward to more decorating and DIY from you. :)

    1. You have fun too!!! It's fun to buy things at the end of the year CHEAP for the next year....you end up having a fun collection of stuff. :-)

  3. Very beautiful! I love the natural rustic look!

  4. Very pretty (both the mantel and your daughter)!


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