Coastal Christmas Mantelpiece Tutorial

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2 Hours
As a blogger, it is time for me to start getting my Christmas on! I am starting with my mantel this year and selected a coastal theme in blues and greens. This mantelpiece arrangement is the first project of this Christmas season for me.
The first thing I did to create this mantelpiece was to get a board about 24″ x 6 ” and adhere two of the velcro Command strips to the bottom of it.  This will give me added security when I put this on my mantel.  Next, I took a piece of styrofoam that was  2″ x  4″ x11″ , wrapped a piece of chicken wire around the front and top of it and nailed this to my board.  If I had left off the chicken wire, the weight of my arrangement could pull the nails right through the foam and it might end up on the hearth in pieces.
Now it was time to start building my arrangement.  I am going to make topiary trees to match this on each end of my mantel, so I began with some gray-green leaves.  These first four pieces are my template and all of my additional greenery will be placed within these pieces
I began filling in within that template with additional faux greenery.  
I added some sprays of sparkly green and gold branches that look like sea fans or spiky coral to begin to give my arrangement a coastal feel.
I adde some ornaments to my arrangement that will coordinate with those that will go on my tree. For details on how I attach my ornaments into my arrangement, see the posting at the blog!
I moved the arrangement to my mantel to see how I liked it, then added some ribbon loops and tails to my arrangement and only needed to add my coastal accents to finish up!  
The addition of some starfish, shells and some seahorse ornaments to complete the look.
Suggested materials:
  • Christmas Ornaments   (At Home)
  • Faux Christmas Greens   (Michael's)
  • Styrofoam block   (Amazon)
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  • Denese Curtin Denese Curtin on Jul 17, 2018

    Where did you get the seahorses? I’d love to make this for a different theme in 2018. Thank you.

  • Ray4020687 Ray4020687 on Aug 12, 2018

    Why chicken wire when you have the foam?

  • Aud62616903 Aud62616903 on Nov 13, 2022

    How well does the green material hold up without a water supply?

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