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5 Mins to Festive. Do this easy project today

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Are you still hoping to make a make a dramatic statement with your holiday décor this year but don’t know where to focus?


One of the best, yet most overlooked, places to start is your fireplace mantle. This is one of my best designer secret tricks to giving your home a designer makeover. With just a few minutes of attention you can create a WOW statement that will upgrade the look and feel of your home almost instantly!


Not sure if you can pull it off? Watch this video below to see how to create your own designer mantle in less than 5 minutes!



Here are the instructions step-by-step so you can get on this project today!



Step #1: Ground Your Design


To make your mantle stand out, add earthy garlanding like fir, pine, flocked, evergreen, eucalyptus, or any other plant that you love. This year, I’m using a beautiful magnolia leaf.


Securing your garlanding in place is easy. Simply attach it to a few clear hooks and enjoy a festive look!



Step #2: Add Fabric (Sounds odd but don’t skip this step)


One of my best-kept secrets to freshening up my décor from year to year is to lace a wide ribbon throughout my garlanding. Have fun by mixing up the color of the ribbon to match your home or holiday décor.



Step #3: Create a Dramatic Cluster


The secret to creating the “wow” factor and making your mantle pop is to add a cluster of exquisite and unusual ornaments where your garlanding meets the top of your mantle.


Here are a few pro tips to selecting the right ornaments:


  • Be bold with oversized round ornaments (and only use traditional 4” diameter ornaments to fill in empty spaces if needed).
  • Be unexpected with unusual shapes like crowns and more!
  • Opt for an eclectic mix of shapes including finials, pear & more.
  • Use florist wire to group your ornaments together.


Step #4: Style The Top Like a Pro


Whether you opt for a simple pair of candlesticks or a more intricate design, there’s no right or wrong way to style your mantle.


Don’t forget the most important tip of all: let your inspiration guide you. Let your innate design gifts shine and have faith that you can make your design vision a reality.


Want to see more holiday décor inspiration? Stop by Village Antiques to browse our latest selection of décor pieces you won’t find anywhere else!


To see exactly how to transform your fireplace mantle or any other piece in your home, be sure to visit our events page and be the first to know about our popular paint workshops, seminars and demos!



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