Friday, November 23, 2012

Blue Christmas Mantel



My Christmas decorating began last weekend, as usual the first place we took care of was the mantel!  We spend such a good amount of time in this our family room/kitchen area that all the changes I keep on doing to this room are all well worth it, we enjoy them!

This year I've been on a blue craziness, of course the main color for the mantel had to be blue.   It began with this bubble wreath inspiration from CB2 Blog HERE, they have a great tutorial on how you can put together that wreath.

Cb2 Blog
Some changes were made to their design to make it work best for me.   First, creating a plywood frame to drive to nails to it, not to the mantel.  Second, the nails I used were the skinny nails (2") I use with my nail machine, their heads are very small, besides I couldn't find large, regular skinny nails on that size.



Third, I didn't use all the bubble balls they used on theirs, because of the size and mostly price ($86.51)!
I did used 10 of the small bubble balls they sell ($1.95 each), in my set up they are the biggest.  I bought three more different sizes of regular Christmas balls ornaments in clear and silver.



Finally, the board was painted blue and then before the paint was dry some glitter was added.  When we went back to admire our job, my kids were not so happy, they proposed to add some scattered snow flakes around it (They were having a gooood time using the snow flake punching machine), and I liked their idea!



Blue and White Christmas stockings I made last year were decorated with a sparkly snow flake ornament.



A snowy yarn garland holds some blue ball ornaments.



Sweater Christmas cones on each side wrap up the wintery scene.








These five small snow friends bring a good pop of color and lots of fun.

Diy Snowman




The decorations continue today, Black Friday, with our Christmas tree.  Next week I'l be showing it to you.


XOXO-



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48 comments:

Maureen Wyatt said...

This is the first I have seen the bubble wreath and I'm lovin' it! The whole mantel is gorgeous! Pinning. ~ Maureen

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh this is soooo gorgeous! The colors are so stunning and perfect for the holidays. I love the icy blue; it's so much more sophisticated than traditional colors.

Great job on the bubble wreath, too! I've never seen one of those, but I love it!

Cindy Ritchie said...

Adorable! I love the colors and the little snowmen are precious. Your wreath is ingenious! I had better get going on my decorating!

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh- I love the blue and white- It is just darling- light and airy but still Christmasy looking. Beautiful and I LOVE that bubble wreath- Smart way to do it- xo Diana

fiona anderson said...

The whole mantle is so pretty, love your bauble wreath, and the gorgeous colours.
I won't be getting Christmas stuff out till December, but it's great to get some early inspiration !

Kelly @ thelilypadcottage said...

The wreath turned out so great! Love the snowflake addition :)

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Love the bubble wreath! Great idea!

--Katie

Cida Alves said...

wonderful!!
Congratulations!! Kiss!

Feral Turtle said...

Wow!! Your Christmas decor is stunning. I love your bubble wreath. I think it's better than the inspiration photo. Love the addition of the silver balls. Cheers.

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Hi Cristina! I love your non-traditional Christmas mantel. The little snowmen you made are perfect for it and the stockings you made last year are so pretty. I really like the bubble wreath you made this year, but I especially like that you let your kids help with the decorations. What a good mom you are! Have a great day!
Debbie

Maria Elena said...

Cristina, gorgeous as always! Love, love the wreath! You did a fabulous job with your mantle! Beautiful!

chateau chic said...

The blue and white combination is sooo pretty! I love the pops of silver too.
Mary Alice

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

sooo pretty! love the little pops of red in the snowmen, too!

Guerrina said...

Cristina, it's stunning! The little snowmen pull it all together and I like your version of the bubble wreath the best. Also. loving that snowflake pillow :)

Diana @ Boy + Girl said...

Your mantle is beautiful! I'm a new follower - can't wait to see your tree!

gena said...

So beautiful! I love the blue and white - winter personified! The wreath is very cool and something you could leave up as a winter decoration too.

thanks for sharing,
gena

Crystelle said...

That bulb wreath is amazing! I hadn't seen that done before and I'm thinking you are creating a new trend!

pinning!

hugs x
Crystelle

FabTwigs said...

It looks amazing! Love your mantel! Thanks for sharing the bulb wreath tutorial. Fantastic idea!

Gina said...

I love it! The bulb wreath is so clever & looks great. Love the blue accents!

Our Pinteresting Family said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Cristina. I really love your choice of colors and all your amazing projects. Pinning this asap. Megan

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I love the bubble wreath! And, blue is my favorite color, so you have me sighing. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-25.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Vel Criste said...

Your mantle looks fantastic! That wreath is sheer genius! Love, love, love it!

Sanditerese said...

Very pretty! I especially love the little ornaments between the stockings!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

So pretty! Winter and Christmas perfect.

Ellora said...

I love your wreath! So creative as you always are! ;) Your mantel is so cute and will work great even after Christmas! Cute wintery mantel!

Finding Home said...

Really pretty and I love your interpretation of the CB@ version - I loved that one too. I think yours is prettier! Pinning and sharing on Facebook!

Kathleen said...

Love the blue and white! That bubble wreath is a refreshing out of the box idea! So fun!

Karen said...

The blue and white is beautiful, it creates a perfect wintry feeling, love the bubble wreath too. It all makes a great looking mantle.

Dixie n Dottie said...

Lovely! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_11_27_archive.html

Kelly said...

I love it! That bubble wreath is amazing....I am thinking that bubbles on a pallet would look pretty cool too. A little mix of rustic and glam. Love your blue and white combo.

the cape on the corner said...

i love using blues for xmas. it just has a winter feel that i love. this looks great!

The Thrifty Challenge said...

You have such beautiful ideas. I love the blue tones and how the whole mantle has come together!

Robin said...

STUNNING!!!! I love the wreath and the bright cheerful colors.

Carolyn Robbins said...

What a beautiful mantel! Thank you for sharing your blue with us!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

VERY very cute! I like your wreath better anyway! Great job!

RuthSMac. said...

What a clever idea, the colors make look your mantel so fresh.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Oh my goodness, this is beyond adorable!!!

Christa said...

I like that your mantel could stay far after Christmas is over! Too cute. Also, I plan to try some of the DIY snowmen. Cute project for my daughter and some of her friends

Christa said...

I like that your mantel could stay far after Christmas is over! Too cute. Also, I plan to try some of the DIY snowmen. Cute project for my daughter and some of her friends

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Just beautiful, Christina! I love the snowmen, and I just think that blue is perfect for winter decorating. I also really like the idea of the ornaments hung on a yarn garland--clever! I don't have as many blue ornaments as you do, but a few, so I did a little blue vignette with mine.

Dee said...

That bubble wreath is amazing! Your mantle looks so festive!!

Sherry said...

The bubble wreath is great! Thank you for joining HSH!
Sherry

Ann Krucek said...

Looks great!! Very creative,the beautiful unconventional blue looks amazing. I love the stockings you made.

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

Love the bright colors! Thanks for sharing!

Stacey said...

So pretty!
Would love if you stopped by the Holiday Linky Party - mantels - to link it up! The party is happening NOW!
Stacey of Embracing Change
http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

Dixie n Dottie said...

This is so lovely! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html

Stacey said...

Just adorable and so original!
Thanks for linking up to the Christmas Mantel Linky Party at Embracing Change!
Stacey

Jeanne Selep said...

Lovely photos and ideas! VERY cool wreath idea. :)

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