DIY Holiday Mantel

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Welcome to our Christmas Festival Blog Hop!  I love joining these talented bloggers in hosting some holiday ideas to inspire you this season.  If you are joining me from Elizabeth Joan Designs Blog – I am so glad you are here!  Make sure to check out Red Brick on the Lake Blog as your next stop on the tour.  And a big thank you to our host Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog for making this all possible. Now lets get to it!

Just in case you need to pin this post for later reference, just click on the red tab on this photo in left hand corner.  This post contains affiliate links to the products I recommend. 

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This year I added an entirely new look to this living room fireplace space (you can see the whole process here), so for the holidays I wanted to decorate my new mantel with a fresh and simple look.  I added a few inexpensive touches that you can do as well.

Step One: Lighted Garland

I snagged a 9 foot long lighted garland from Home Depot for $30.  I knew this would add a good base for me to start.

Step Two: Fresh Garland

Next I picked up a 25 foot fresh garland from Costco for $16.  I used it in many places in my home.  Here I used about 8 feet of it.  You can soak these overnight to give it a longer lasting shelf life as well as mist it with water occasionally.

I placed this garland in front of the artificial one, and added some tall nails to hold it into place.  If you do not want to make holes in your mantel I suggest you use 3M Command Strip Hooks.

Step Three – Add LED Lights

I used a 33 foot long LED light from StringBright.com to add extra depth and brightness to the greenery.  These lights are perfect because they last 720 hours, have a remote control with different settings, use batteries and are easy to maneuver.   You can pick some here! You can use the code CITYGIRL20 for 20% off the lights there.

Step Four – Adding Pinecones, Air Refreshers, and Trees

I then added some fun cinnamon branch air fresheners and pinecones just placed randomly throughout.

I snuck in a few trees that I had already to add height, and I was finished!

This only took a few minutes, was not very expensive, and really added a fun touch to my mantel area.

Here are some close up photos of the mantel:

Enjoy the rest of the tour and check out all of these amazing bloggers!

Christmas DIYs on Monday

Joy In Our Home | 2 Bees In A Pod | My Creative Days

County Road 407 | Chatfield Court

Christmas Front Porches on Tuesday

The Tattered Pew | The Crowned Goat | Little Brags

Follow The Yellow Brick Home | The Painted Hinge

Christmas Recipes on Wednesday

Crisp Collective | Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings

Walking On Sunshine Recipes | Beyond The Butter

Christmas Mantles on Thursday 

anderson + grant | White Arrows Home | Elizabeth Joan Designs

  City Girl Meets Country Boy | Red Brick On The Lake

Christmas Tablescapes on Friday

The Inspired Hive | Curly Crafty Mom | Making It In The Mountains

Rain and Pine | Timeless Creations

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DIY Christmas Cards (made on your phone!)

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This is a sponsored post by Snapfish and contains affiliate links.  I only endorse companies that I use myself and support.  I know you will love Snapfish too! Make sure to use the code SANTA40 for 40% off site wide.

Who else loves Christmas cards?!  I am the first to admit they are one of the things I look forward to most during the holidays.  Going to the mailbox is like receiving a new present every day (moving 8 times has kept us meeting so many people that we love to stay in contact with!). Needless to say we send out alot of holiday cards.

I have been sending cards since our oldest son was a baby and I have always done them myself.  They are so easy and I want to show you how!  So I am partnering with Snapfish to bring you this easy tutorial – DIY Christmas Cards (made on your phone!).

Sometimes we feel like we don’t have time to make them in such a busy season, but once you see how easy this is – straight from your phone – you can make them while you wait in the carpool lane mommas!

Watch my 60 second video tutorial and then follow along to make yours too!

Here is what you will need:

  • Your Phone
  • Your Photos
  • Your Credit Card or Debit Card

That is it!  Make sure the photo or photos you would like to use are already uploaded to your phone.  Lets get started!

Step One – Make a Snapfish Account

You will head to www.snapfish.com and sign up for an account.  It is free and super simple.  Here is the link if you need it!

Step Two – Upload Photos

You will head into your account and this page will pop up.  You will click on UPLOAD PHOTOS and add the ones from your device that you would like in your Snapfish account.

Step Three – Pick Your Card

There are so many choices to pick from (literally hundreds), so this will be the longest part of the process – figuring out which cute one you want to use!

  • Click on the top left corner first:

  • Click on filters:

  • Click on occasions:

  • Click on the style you want and then push APPLY FILTERS:

This is a short clip of me scrolling through the options:

Step Four – Add Your Photos

Once you have decided on your style you are ready to make your card!

  • Click on the card that you want and it will pull up a new screen:

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  • Choose your size, and thickness of paper, once finished click on CREATE NOW:

You will then be prompted to GET PHOTOS.  I like to already know which ones I will be using and have them in a separate file.  I also like multiple photos on my cards, but one family photo is just fine!

  • Click MY PHONE

  • Click PHOTO LIBRARY

  • Once added, click DONE:

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Step Five – Make Your Card

This is the fun part!  You can add captions, change fonts, and change photos here.

  • Click on your photo to add, delete or edit:

  • Click on caption to change your wording:

Once you are happy with your card and preview it, you are ready to order!  Make sure you have looked for any coupons on their main page – they always have amazing specials.

  • Click ADD TO CART

  • Decide your shipping options and push CHECKOUT (or use PayPal):

You did it!  Your cards are all ordered and will come soon.  Now you get to start working on your address list.  Now that is a whole different dilemma, I wish you good luck!

I know you will love your Snapfish Christmas Cards, maybe even send me one eh? (wink, wink)

Happy Holidays!

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Fall Decorating Round Up

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Who’s ready for Thanksgiving!  We are headed to my parents house this year in California and I can’t wait – love me some family turkey time.  If you are hosting this year, you may feel stressed about spicing up your home.  DON’T BE!  You can add lots of fun decor and not spend an arm and a leg.  Let me show you some ideas that I love.

Continue reading “Fall Decorating Round Up”

Simple Fall Porch Decor

Fall Home Tour featuring Simple Fall Porch Decor

Isn’t fall one of the funnest seasons to decorate?  Welcome to our Fall Home Tour, featuring my home and 6 other talented bloggers who I adore.  If you are coming from Jenna Kate at Home – WELCOME!  Make sure to head over to She Gave It A Go after your visit here to continue on our Fall Home Tour.

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Simple Fall Mantel Decor

Simple Fall Mantel Decor

By CityGirlmeetsFarmBoy

Welcome to our Fall Festival Blog Hop, where 25 talented bloggers are sharing their tips and tricks for this wonderful season of Fall. Each day of the week will feature new themes and inspiration! Continue reading “Simple Fall Mantel Decor”

Fall Table DIY Decor

Featuring DIY Table Decor by CITYGIRLMEETSFARMBOY

This post contains sponsored products that I wanted to share with my readers.  These do not include affiliate links.  But I have attached where to purchase these products if you are interested.  Similar products for fall decorating can be found on my affiliate link through Amazon here.  I will add a list of all my references at this end of this post. 

Fall is such a beautiful time of year, and an exciting time to refresh your home. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to add fall touches to your spaces!  Join me on this amazing Fall Blog Tour and get inspired! A huge thank you to Brendt from She Gave It A Go for hosting. If you are joining me from Amanda’s Blog Midcountry Journal – welcome! Be sure to head over to Merichelle’s Blog We’re the Joneses next on the tour. Continue reading “Fall Table DIY Decor”

Do It Yourself Cake Plate

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DIY Cake Plate

Ready to make a super easy cake plate for the holidays? Or even just for a fun display decoration? They are so simple and inexpensive – check out my 60 second video tutorial and then pin it for later when your ready to make yours!

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Easy Stamped Wood Chargers

I love using my wood chargers on my table settings, especially during the fall holidays.  They are so versatile, easy to use and easy to make.  I first learned about wood chargers from The Shanty Sisters – these gals are my mentors in so many ways (and they don’t even know it!).  Here is a link to their blog post on where I learned how to make them:

Shanty2Chic Wood Chargers

At the time I made these, a Kreg was way out of my wheel house (I was too nervous to use it!).  So I glued my strips together with wood glue and clamped until dry.  If you want to use a Kreg Jig, see my post below for instructions – I love mine now once I tried it!  Additionally, I have a link for more chargers and used stencils to decoration them below.

The Kreg Jig – You Can Do It!

Do It Yourself Stenciled Chargers

You can watch my 60 second video tutorial here and then follow all for all the details!

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Holiday Blog Tour

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I am so excited to welcome you to today’s Holiday Vignette feature of the Christmas Festival Blog Tour hosted by Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog.  Many of you might be joining me from Stacey at Poofing The Pillows Blog – isn’t she darling?  Thank you for following us on this tour!

Do you often think about Christmas Decor and wonder how you can incorporate your every day items into this amazing holiday?  I have come up with 8 fun ways to help you do just that.  At the end of the blog, please share with me your ideas and creative ways of decorating your home for the holidays, I would love to hear from you!

First Tip: Use your chargers

I love DIY chargers and the versatility they bring.  If you don’t use them for your place settings, add them under your tablescape for a simple addition to your decor.

Don’t know how to make them? Cut 12 inch strips of 14 inch wide wood. Sand and stain.  As easy as that!

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Second Tip: Add ball ornaments to empty spaces

If you have vases, baskets or lanterns lying around your home – add ball ornaments to fill them up for the Christmas season.  Need to find a chunk for super cheap?  Head to the The Dollar Tree!

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Third Tip: Use pinecones

Pinecones aren’t expensive and look perfect with all types of decor styles for the holidays.  You can keep them neutral or spray paint them any color.  Hot glue them to a foam ball, add some ribbon and then place on top of a candle stick – so easy!

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Another pinecone DIY idea is to fill them up in a basket and highlight them with ball ornaments and greenery.  The Home Depot sells ones that are laced with cinnamon – your whole house will smell yummy!

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Fourth Tip: Hang your ornament with fishing string

I love the look of ball ornaments hanging in mid air.  I use fishing string to make a square knot at different lengths.  You can add these to a chandelier or off of any shelf for a fun holiday twist.

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Fifth Tip: BEADS!

String beads add such a fun flair to holiday decor.  They come in so many colors and so many price points.  Lately even wood beads have adorned feeds.  Find decor around your home that needs a little spicing up and lace them over and under.  There is no right or wrong way to add string beads!

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Sixth Tip: Flower Sprays

I love adding different colors of flower sprays for each holiday.  If you have vases, mason jars or any other bucket, add new flowers for each season!  I wrap red sprays in burlap for Christmas, pink sprays in ribbon for Easter, and orange sprays in brown twisted paper for Thanksgiving.  The Dollar Tree, Joann Fabrics and Michaels have an amazing selection for very inexpensive.

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Seventh Tip:  Use wooden trays

You can decorate wooden trays very easily during the holidays.  Fill it with skulls for Halloween, pumpkins for Thanksgiving, and pine needles for Christmas.  This one I found at our local thrift store and sprayed it with Chalk Paint.  You can read all about it in my tutorial here. 

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Eighth Tip: Use Ribbon

I love adding a splash of thick ribbon material to my chairs.  I can’t move them out of the room so I might as well add some holiday love to them!  Ribbon brightens up any normal decor you have and turns it into a holiday must have.

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Now you have 8 more tips to add to your decor tool belt on ways to decorate your home for Christmas.  I am so grateful you joined me today!  Check out a few more of the places I love in my home this holiday season before you go:

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I hope you enjoyed yourself and learned some new ways to add holiday decor to your home!

Head over to our next Christmas Blog Hop Tour with the amazing host – Kendra from Joy In Our Home Blog!  You will love what she is showcasing today!

Happy Holidays!

Love,

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 Mantels on Monday

White Arrows Home | Repurpose and Upcycle | Timeless Creation
Lemons to Lovely | Pennies From Heaven Home | One Happy Housewife

Vignettes on TuesdayJoy In Our Home | anderson + grant | Kingsbury Brook Farm
My Creative Days | Poofing the Pillows | CityGirlMeetsFarmBoy

Recipes on WednesdayLife Love Larson | Cali Girl In A Southern World | Crisp Collective
Love In My Oven | Countryside Cravings | Curly Crafty Mom

Front Porches on ThursdayMaking it in the Mountains | Elizabeth Joan Designs |Country Girl Home
Little Brags | The Homemaking Momma | Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Tablescapes on FridayCelebrate & Decorate | Noting Grace | 2 Bees in a Pod
The Crowned Goat | Dining Delight | The Neutral Nest Interiors