Our Christmas Mantel 2012

I’m so excited to show you our Christmas Mantel this year.
Isn’t it festive?
Yes, you are seeing it correctly.  Those are miniature twinkle lights poking through the wood.

I purchased the truck from my friend Pamm at Fresh Eggs Antiques.  I told her I was looking for an antique metal truck and she said she had one at her booth, so I went and bought it right away. 
It was exactly what I had in mind!

I made the “trees” from Styrofoam cones that I covered with strips of green burlap.
I then hot glued a silver jingle bell to the top of each tree as a star.

I dry-brushed the wood in ASCP Pure White because I wanted
more of a white-washed look than a solid, painted look on the wood.

 It took me two nights to get the writing “just right”.  I wrote it all freehand except for the word “are”.
That’s the only word that was stenciled.  I wrote the words in pencil first (and erased and rewrote and sanded and rewrote and erased and rewrote it again) until I got it all exactly how, and where, I wanted it.
Then I went over it all very carefully with a Sharpie Paint Pen in red.

And da da da da . . . here is an unedited photo of what it looks like at night all lit up.  We absolutely love it!

Next week I’ll show you how we put the light board together.  Stay tuned . . . . but I will tell you this: it’s not pallet wood.  It’s actually boards from a futon frame we trash picked!  I heart repurposing!

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for reading!


P.S. Don’t forget to stop by and link up your Outdoor Holiday Decorations, or at least stop by and take a peek at what everyone has done.  You’ll find some incredible posts and crazy talented people there!

Linking to:

Funky Junk Interiors
Embracing Change
Beyond the Picket Fence
Common Ground
Design, Dining & Diapers
At the Picket Fence
Shanty 2 Chic
The Shabby Nest
Silver Pennies
Liz Marie Blog
Six Sisters Stuff
Be Different Act Normal
Tatertots & Jello
Fox Hollow Cottage
Under the Table and Dreaming
Or So She Says
Make It Pretty Monday
Coastal Charm
Knick of Time
Lindauer Designs
Not Just a Housewife
Beneath My Heart



  1. I just love it – gorgeous job!
    I did artwork with ” the stars are brightly shining ” too – it’s my favorite Christmas song, bar none!

  2. This is so unique! You are right it is very festive!

  3. Your mantel is so fun wihe the twinkle marquis looknlights. Love the sign and the old truck.

  4. I love it Laura! It is so simple and unique. The sign is amazing and I love, love those trees!


  5. Laura, your mantel is soooo cute! My favorite thing has to be that red truck. But your lettering is absolutely perfect!!!


  6. Adorable!!!!

  7. love it! :)and I guessed it!

  8. Love it Laura! Of course Pamm would have the perfect truck for you- she finds the best stuff! :)

  9. Your mantel is fabulous! I adore the truck but I have to say your sign steals the show for me. It’s amazing!

  10. The sign is amazing:}

  11. Wow, this is absolutely fantastic! So creative and fresh, thanks for sharing.

  12. So clever! Love the lights and the Sign!

  13. It’s lovely Laura – you did a wonderful job on it!

  14. Oh Laura! You really outdid yourself this time! I love it! WOW! I had to give you a shout out on my Facebook page for this!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  15. Adorable…..


  16. Magazine worthy!

  17. How fabulous! The lettering looks just perfect!

  18. That is pretty darn cute. I’m not sure if the sign is my fav or the tree heading out for a drive.


  19. Your sign is so cute! I love the fonts you used and the lights! What a fun mantle! Thanks for sharing!
    Brooke from Blissful Roots

  20. That is so cute! What a unique mantel.

  21. Oh my goodness what a cute mantel! Amazing job! :o) And I love that it lights up! Thank you so much for sharing at Happy Hour!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  22. I LOVE this mantel. I love its playful nature. Love the antique truck and your lighted sign. So precious. Thank you so much for sharing over at our Home for the Holidays link party.

  23. A pretty mantel and I love the sign.

  24. Great mantle ~ I love the truck!

  25. Oh, your mantel is so charming! I love your backboard with the lights and that little truck is just perfect! I’m pinning you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  26. So cute! I’d love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday – Tuesday) at ‘Or so she says …’ Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  27. This is absolutely amazing! I love the lights and the truck. I love it all. Your mantel is just gorgeous. I would love decorating mine if it looked that good!

  28. i love that look! the sign looks like it’s part of the mantle.

  29. This is just precious! I love the sign and those trees! I want a little red truck so much! I’ll keep searching! Hugs, Linda

  30. Just beautiful, and so different!

  31. I couldn’t pass up this thumbnail! his is so darn CUTE!!! LOVE it’s vintage showplace appeal!

  32. this is absolutely adorable!!!! love, love, love! stopping by from knick of time link party.

  33. Laura, this is such a great mantel, so much fun. love that vintage truck! I’ll be featuring this post on Vintage Inspiration tomorrow!

  34. Laura,
    this is absolutely darling! I hopped over from Common Ground. So happy to be following you now. Great job on the lettering. I love the vintage truck. I collect tin toys so this was a homerun with me. Love the funky trees too!

  35. Just wanted to let you know you are on my holiday favorites- have a happy holiday!

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