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”

Stunning Lanterns for DIY Shutters

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The number one question I get when I share my mantel is “Where did you get those lanterns?!”.  So finally today I am sharing my favorite lanterns with you! I hang them from my DIY Shutters that you can see here. These are such an easy build that anyone can do.

The ones I found are at Kirklands here So I searched all over Walmart and Wayfair to find some of the cutest lanterns for the best prices. Affiliate links are included, so just click on the title to take you to their website!

Continue reading “Stunning Lanterns for DIY Shutters”

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”

“No Drill Needed” Wall Vase

Ever want to hang a wall vase but didn’t want to add holes into your wall?  I am collaborating with Old Barn Milk Paint to bring you a super easy DIY that requires NO DRILLING – yah!  This one is so easy, and then you add the One Step Stain by Old Barn Milk Paint and you are done in NO TIME! Continue reading ““No Drill Needed” Wall Vase”

Do It Yourself – Farmhouse Sign

Do It Yourself – Farmhouse Sign

Make this sign in 7 simple steps, come join me!

 

DIY Farmhouse Sign

 

Ever since I started documenting my home decor journey I have been crushin on all these farmhouse signs.  You can pay to get one made, and often they aren’t cheap.  But if you don’t have the time and you do have the money – go for it!  If you want to try and make one yourself, check out this process that is SUPER easy and SUPER inexpensive (under $20!!!).  The only downside?  It does take your time.  But if you turn on some tunes or your favorite book and get to work, you mind find out how much you enjoy this kind of thing.

Check out my 60 second DIY Farmhouse Sign tutorial and then follow along for all the details!

 

 

Supplies Needed:

  • 1×10 wood board: 4-8 feet long, depending on how many letters you are using
  • Stain (I like Minwax Provincial or Walnut)
  • White Paint (I use Behr Paint and Primer)
  • Paint and staining brush
  • Rags
  • Vaseline
  • Modge Podge
  • Mirror image prints
  • Frosting knife (or any tool with a rounded edge)
  • Corner brackets (optional)

 

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Step One – Stain Your Wood

I chose not to sand down my piece of wood because I wanted it rustic.  Feel free to sand your edges before staining if you would like them softer.   Grab your stain, darker is better.  It will show through the chippy paint areas.  I added Weathered Oak first, let dry, then add Provincial around the edges for some darker spots.  This isn’t necessary.

P.S. Forgive my grainy photos!  I only video taped this DIY and had to take stills from the movie!

 

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Step Two – Add Vaseline

Lets learn how to achieve the chippy look.  I have a detailed blog post here on how to achieve the distressed look using wax as well.

Take your vaseline and rub it lightly onto the edges and corners of your board.  Miss some spots on purpose.  Then add some in sporadic spots on your board.   The more you use the more of the stain will show through for your outcome.

 

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Step Three – Paint Your Wood

Add a layer of white paint (or any color your prefer) to your board.  It doesn’t have to be super covered well, just “good enough.”  I use Behr Paint and Primer – I love it for the chippy look!  Let fully dry before the next step.

 

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Step Four – Print & Cut Your Words

This part is a little tricky if you do not know how to print mirror image.  Depending on the computer you have, it can be different for each.  Here is a link to teach you:

How to print a mirror image

Type out your word and mess with the fonts.  I really like Bordeaux Roman Bold LET for my signs.  You can fit about 3 letters per sheet if you use the 800 size.   If you don’t have that font you can download it here.

 

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Make sure you fiddle with it on your board to make sure it fits before the next step, which is cutting the letters.  You will cut as close to the edge as possible, keeping letters connected if you can.  This helps the placement goes smoother.

 

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Step Five – Glue Your Letters

You will dip your brush into the modge podge and gentle wipe ON THE INK SIDE of the first set of letters you are going to lay down.  Be gentle so you don’t rip your letters.  You have to take special care when laying them down because they are sticky.  You will only have a few seconds to move them around if you need before the glue thickens up.  I had a measuring tape to make sure the top and bottom spacing were the same.

Also make sure to get glue over the entire letter.  Every bit of ink must have glue on it to adhere well to the board.

 

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You will press the letters fully onto the board to make sure no bubbles are left behind.  Let dry completely according to directions before moving on to the next step.

 

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Step Six – Remove Paper

Here is the fun part!  Grab a rag and get it pretty wet.  Not dripping, but still really moist.  Gently press it onto all of your letters, one at a time.  This will start the process and help with removal.

 

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Once that is done, head back to the first letter.  You will gently and slowly rub the letter to remove the paper.  This will leave the ink on the board.  If you rub too much the ink will come off too.  If you do rub some ink off, just press it back in place.  It will dry fine.  It’s ok to have some ink rubbed off if you are going for a really rustic look like I was.  This process takes time, but is worth it.  It’s going to look amazing!

 

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Step Seven – Chip Your Paint

I like to use my frosting knife because it is round but not sharp.  You can use any like tool for this.  You will take the edge and start LIGHTLY scratching areas of your wood.  The edges and around letters are especially good spots.  You can also scrape off any extra paper you may have left that needs to be removed.  The more you scrape, the more chippy your board will be!

 

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I added metal brackets to my edges for a more complete look.  You can find these in the knob and drawer handle isle at Home Depot!  Spray paint the color you want and drill them on.

 

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Your all done!  Such a fun sign for a great price point.  Let us know how yours turns out!

Love,

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