Monday, November 7, 2011

Snowflake Mantel & Christmas Printable

Today I am excited to share a simple decor idea for transforming your mantel area {or any wall in your home} to a stunning winterscape. Who would have guessed that the inspiration for this project hit me in the dollar store? This is what I found:


Large felt snowflakes! I had been thinking about trying something with felt & snowflakes but I'm too lazy to cut them all out.... hmmm.... could this work? I grabbed everything they had left in stock :) The only other tools I used were scissors and double-stick tape, (a much better alternative than thumbtacks... no holes to fill in later!) I got to work, and about an hour after I started, here is what I had come up with:

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Pretty amazing, right? I can't believe how much it changes the entire look of my mantel! It's all the goodness of a stencil, with a beautiful lace pattern and element of texture too. {And without the messy paint!} Here's a closeup shot.... I can't wait to show you how I did it :)



I started out by laying out my pattern and figuring out how many snowflakes I would need to complete one row. Then I measured how much of a gap I needed to leave on each side of my pattern (I'd finish the edges last after the center of the pattern was complete.) Then I just turned my first snowflake over, attached several pieces of double-stick tape (approx. 6-8 pieces per snowflake) and adhered it to the wall.


Just make sure to match your edges up carefully to create a consistent pattern... in this case, I had to match the ends to create a 4-sided star shape (above). Here is my wall after the first row and a half is complete! It didn't take long until the center was all filled in:


Once the center part of the design was finished, I just had to line up my snowflakes, trace the edges with a pencil, and cut them to fit.

Pretty soon, the wall was completely filled in and I was more than happy with the result!

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As a renter, it can be challenging to find ways to make a dramatic impact in your home (when you can't put lots of holes in the wall, change the paint, etc.) That is one reason I love this project! It was super easy to install, it's rental-friendly, and it cost less than $15! {I ended up using exactly 14 snowflakes... they are from the Dollar Tree by the way, for those of you who want to go raid your local store...}

To add the finishing touch to my snowflake mantel, I whipped up a fun Christmas printable with the words from one of my favorite all time carols :)


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As a thank you for stopping by on the first day of our series, we are giving away this festive print in 4 colors and 2 sizes each {5x7 and 8x10}! All the files are at the end of the post. We hope you enjoy these printables... let us know if you use them in your holiday decor this year :)



{To download the prints, click on the picture and "show original size." Then right click to save the file to your desired location}

Making Spirits Bright - 5x7:


Making Spirits Bright - 8x10:



Linking up to:
    Tip Junkie handmade projects  Home Stories A2Z Momma Hens Coop shabby creek cottage HookingupwithHoH Holiday Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special 52 Mantels

40 comments:

  1. this is AWESOME. wow, i LOOOOVE it.

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  2. What a fun and easy idea! Thanks for the free prints!

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  3. Love the bright colors! Everything is adorable.

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  4. LOVE it! Another great idea, Holly :)

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  5. Stopping over from SAS Interiors and I LOVE what you did with your mantel - how creative! And it's so easy - great work.

    Jenna, SAS Interiors

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  6. What a brilliant idea!!! It looks so incredibly CUTE!!!! I'm so LOVIN' your blog and I'm your newest "follower"!!!

    Aimee @ ItsOverflowing

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  7. Have 't enough words to say about your spectacular work. It is really gratifying. You did a creative work on it, which is totally new for me. I am truly saying that is is fun and easy idea!

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  8. wow that looks great. love the crispness of the white on the blue.

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  9. So pretty! Would love it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-12.html

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  10. I love this! What a great way to add color to a plain backdrop! And I love the details you added! You have a great blog--I am definitely going to follow you!

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  11. Oh wow!! I don't think I'd ever take it down!! It looks amazing.

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  12. Awesome blossom!!

    Dad

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  13. wow, again, wow! I always love your mantels! (I shared this on my FB page!)

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  14. Love!!! I can't wait to see more ideas and printables!

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  15. Wow! That just pops! What a great backdrop for you mantle. Thanks for linking this up to What's In The Gunny Sack!

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  16. This is absolutely stunning! I love every little thing about your mantel! I feel like running out to the dollar store right now! We are hosting a Home for the Holidays party and we would love love love it if you shared your mantel!

    http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2011/11/home-for-holidays-link-party_08.html

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  17. love the color- teal/turquoise- love the printable... love it all! did you use a piece of plywood or canvas as the backdrop element?? thanks for sharing!

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  18. I LOVE this! Great job! So glad you linked up with us! I'll be featuring it on my blog this week so come grab a featured button!

    Marie
    mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

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  19. Very awesome!! Cool idea!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

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  20. Brilliant! I would never think of doing that! Beautiful blue as well!

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  21. Perfect! This is just the inspiration I needed for 2 large canvases I have that are sitting on my mantel. You blog is just beautiful. Glad I found it.
    Brenda
    itsadogblog.com

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  22. Holly! Lisa told me you were on tv via Skype. LOVE IT!! And I love this snowflake idea. So stinking cute! I get a little bored of all the red and green this time of year. Turquoise! Love it!

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  23. I would TOTALLY use that same shape as a stencil, maybe use a silhouette or good old-fashioned x-acto and stencil film to make a wall stencil from that -- I love the secondary circles it gives, and when it's allover pattern like that it's less seasonal snowflake and more like gorgeous high design. LOVE this. Now I'm dying to hit up our local $ store and see if they have any of this! If not, I don't suppose you'd trace one and make it a PDF, would you? :)

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  24. Look forward to getting to know yall better! Wowzers...

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  25. That looks amazing! I will definitely be hitting up the Dollar Tree.

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  26. what a great idea! i think it totally works, as a renter like you say. i couldn't even tell the turquoise base was a canvas, i thought you painted that there. super versatile idea.

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  27. How cool is this?! What a fabulous idea. So festive and fun. You could also leave it up in January, technically, since it's snowflakes! : ) I'll be featuring you as one of my favorite picks from the mantel link party!

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  28. Cute idea! (And I love your Spirit's Bright print.)

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  29. my first visit... this caught my eye over at ten june. wow! it looks amazing!! great design vision!

    heading to the $1 store!!

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  30. That is amazing!! I really thought you'd painted just for Christmas. I'm so impressed! :)

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  31. Oh wow, I love this idea too. I bet it's fun to be able to change it out each season, if you chose!

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  32. Thank you for sharing your printables!!!!

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  33. Awesome! I'd like to link this blog post to my recent post about holiday printables =)

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  34. This is such an amazing idea. It's creative genius.:D

    I may try this out sometime. Thank you for sharing!

    http://designfluff.blogspot.com/

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  35. Awesome! What a dramatic change it creates! I love it!

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  36. love this...which dollar store had the snowflakes?

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