Marty's Musings
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How to Decorate a "Pretend" Mantel the Inexpensive Way!


For years I bemoaned the fact that I didn't have a fireplace in our home, thus I had no place to cuddle up with my hubby and no mantel to decorate to share my creativity and yard sale goodies.
You know, silly little insignificant problems.
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One year I realized it was ok to just "pretend" we had a mantel. Any flat surface would do so I chose the top of our piano which was squeezed in between two bookcases in our living room.
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This was back in 2012 and I had no idea what I was doing with my Christmas decor, blog or photography!
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The starting place for the mantel is this $4 window I bought this summer at a yard sale. It needed some cleaning up but it's perfect for my rustic shabby chic style!
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I wrapped an old strand of beads around a $2 wreath from a craft store and pushed some fresh berries among the stems
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The sled is one of a package of three ornaments. I just cut off the jute for hanging and wired it onto the wreath. Easiest wreath ever!
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This metal stand was up in the attic in my stash and I loaded it with a pack of filler balls and greenery and these burlap star ornaments.
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When we got our Christmas tree I asked for extra branches and have used them on our deck and on this mantel so far. I do this every year to add a touch of the outdoors and because THEY'RE FREE!
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  • Bonnie
    on Dec 21, 2015

    I love the lanterns in the photo. Where did you find those?

  • DORLIS
    on Dec 21, 2015

    Any ideas how to hang this on a rock fireplace? Trying to type with a cat'd tail swishing aback and forth over the keyboard. Sorry. He is chasing the mouse on the screen.

  • Marilyn
    on Dec 21, 2015

    Great idea, looks really nice with your accessories,love your gorgeous lanterns.Where did you get them?

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