"JOY" Christmas Mantel 2012

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Hey Y’all!!

I’m so excited to share my Christmas Mantel with you today!! Well, faux mantel….most of you know that my “mantel” is actually a little shelf in my kitchen! Some of us don’t have fireplaces, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be festive!!

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Well, what do you think?! Do you like it?!

I LOVE it!!Β This might be might favorite display to date! πŸ™‚

Do you see anything different with this mantel display vs. my previous ones?! That’s right! My shelf got a fresh new coat of paint! If you’ve been following along for awhile, then you know that my shelf is usually blue, but I after working on this display for a few days, I thought it would look better cream, so I gave it a few coats of paint yesterday! I’m kinda LOVING this neutral color palette!

This “JOY” sign serves as the background for the display. I got an idea to make this sign weeks ago, but wasn’t really sure what I was gonna do with it or where I was gonna put it. Then, when it came time to start thinking about the mantel display, I knew that it would make the perfect backdrop!

The “O” in “JOY” is covered in lots of little white pearls that I hot glued on ONE BY ONE! (Don’t even ask me how long that took!) I added a little bit of greenery, pinecones, & a burlap ribbon to the top of the sign just because it looked a little bare. I like the little added touch the greenery adds & how it ties together with the greenery on shelf. I will be sharing a full tutorial on how I made the sign within the next week or so.

Once the sign was made, I just started bringing in other neutral pieces to coordinate with it.Β Β The shelf is adorned with these adorable book page trees…..


And these fabulous little Santa’s that my mom let me borrow….

I love the vintage look they have & the fact that they aren’t wearing the traditional red Santa get-up! They work well in my neutral color scheme. Don’t you agree?

The middle of the shelf has a couple of layered frames that I already had on hand. I lined the one in front with a little bit of fabric & then just leaned that little star ornament inside it.

Another book page tree & Santa also sit on the opposite end of the shelf….
These trees were so easy & fun to make! I’ll also be sharing a tutorial on them soon! And because we had everything we needed to make them, they were a FREE addition to the mantel! Woot woot!


A closer look at the other vintage Santa….

And another look at the smaller of the two trees. Aren’t they cute?!
The bare areas of the mantel got a little filler of greenery, pinecones, & ornaments!
Simple & Pretty! πŸ™‚

These jingle bell stockings were from last year’s Christmas mantel and I love them this year just as much as I did last year…..maybe MORE! I don’t have a tutorial on the stockings…my mom just whipped them up for me!

A look at the display from a different angle….

And one last full shot….

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Do you have a mantel that you decorate for Christmas?Β 

How about a shelf?! πŸ™‚

Do you decorate with the traditional red & green or do you opt for something a little different?

As always, THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by!! Have a lovely day!

Linking up here…

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Link Up with Me, Liz Marie at Liz Marie Blog
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Weekend Wrap-Up Party at Tatertots & Jello
Merry Mantel Party at Our Fifth House

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  1. PINNING! I love the word within a frame!

  2. Love the neutral colors – perfect for the word Joy too!

  3. it looks beautiful! love the soft palette! and i think “joy” is the word of the year this year for christmas…. maybe we all just need some joy. πŸ™‚

  4. So pretty Tonya! The book page trees are so cute!

  5. I love this, it is so pretty and soft. I haven’t decorated a thing yet… hope to start tomorrow.

  6. Beautiful, Tonya!! Just lovely. And the JOY?? I love that!

  7. So much to love here – charming! I love the details and how you layered your items. Happy Holidays.

    Julie at Simply Savvy @gosimplysavvy

  8. Tonya,

    Your mantel is wondeful….truly! I love the little trees and the letters…..and don’t even get me started on that photography!


  9. Anonymous says:

    My favorite mantel you have had yet! So pretty. These are my favorite colors!


  10. Tonya, this looks so stinkin amazing! GORGEOUS! I love the paper tree! Great, now I want to make one. Darn you! LOL!

  11. I love it Tonya! Love the all white. And the book page trees are super cute! Great job!

  12. this is so beautiful – I love all the little details like the trees the beads on the “O”, the santas, just gorgeous!

    Linking back from Holiday home

  13. This is gorgeous! I thought I was looking at a magazine mantle! I can’t wait to see the book page tree tutorial – now following!

  14. I love the color scheme you used! I’ve always wanted to try a neutral color scheme but I can’t stop myself from throwing some red in! Maybe next year!
    And I looooove the book page trees!

  15. Your mantel is so pretty. I love those paper trees.

  16. Love this! I really love those trees!

  17. Very Cute!!! Nice job! I love all of the natural elements. Your Joy sign is great.

  18. This looks so beautiful! I love all of the cream and natural elements so much, and those book page trees are so fun — I can’t wait to see the tutorial! I love that you painstakingly hot glued each pearl onto the ‘O,’ Lol! The things we do for our decor! πŸ˜‰

  19. So pretty and serene! Your Joy sign is fab!

  20. I love your fantle!!! I am looking forward to your directions on how you made the sign. It all looks so beautiful.

  21. gorgeous! i love the book trees-were they time consuming? love the rustic and natural elements in your mantlescape.

  22. Adorable. I used “JOY” letters as well but, was not as clever to glue anything on. I love yours! Very pretty πŸ™‚

    Christmas Blessings,
    Christi @ A Southern Life

  23. Love the joy, love the page trees! Lovely! Klhacker@aol.com

  24. Tanya it looks amazing, I love all of it especially the page trees. Thank you for sharing..

  25. I ADORE your mantel! Just perfect and completely beautiful down to the last little detail! LOVE!

  26. Your mantel is so lovely! I don’t have a fireplace either. I did vignette on top of a chest in my living room. You can totally be festive without a mantel! I love the neutral colors. So pretty!

  27. Hi Tonya, where can I find the instructions for the cute paper tree?

  28. Hi Tonya, where can I find he instructions for the cute paper tree?

  29. Just gorgeous T…xo

  30. so lovely and pure.

    hope you will find a moment to stop by and enter a giveaway i am hosting for followers (i hope you win!):

    happy weekend to you!


  31. So fun! Rocking mantel!!! Would love if you came by the mantel party to link up!!
    The party is happening now!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  32. Love your idea of a mantle and all the added touches….love it! Beautiful!

  33. What a beautiful mantel. I love all the white!

  34. I love, love, love it! I’m looking forward to the tutorial for the paper trees. Hint, hint. πŸ™‚

  35. Love your mantel, Tonya! I went with all neutral for my living room decor this year and I am loving it :)LOVE your JOY letters especially the pearl covered “O”. and the paper trees would go perfect on my mantel πŸ™‚

  36. Gorgeous! I looove the book page trees!

  37. Oh soooo beautiful. I can’t imagine how long it took to glue on those pearls, but the effect is gorgeous. I’m visiting from Southern Hospitality and just had to say how much I love your vignette.

  38. Did you ever do a tutorial for those little trees? I would LOVE to make those as a christmas present.

  39. Beautiful! Where did you find such a cute mantel?

    • Hi Stacie!
      The “mantel” is actually a metal shelf I bought at Hobby Lobby several years ago. It was black when I first bought it. I painted white.


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