rustic & reclaimed mantel

Falalalalala.  Ok, so I’m in full on Christmas mode.  The mantel is complete, the tree is up, the cards are, well, they’re in progress.   

It’s kind of hard to believe it was 70 degrees again yesterday.  We didn’t wear coats to buy our tree which seemed odd.  I have no problem decorating for Christmas in any weather.  I could do it all year!

 I love the scent of the Fraser fir tree we selected.  But the live princess pine roping on the mantel is just gorge!  It is so delicate.  It balances the rustic, woodsy decor.

I used an old Royal Crown Cola crate as an upright display shelf for some vintage Christmas balls.  I have acquired a ton of these old ornaments.  They’re on display in just about every corner of the house.

Remember my architectural salvage finds from just last week?  The chippy green board provides a background for the Victorian pink spindle turned candle holder.  In fact, all of the items that make up this mantel vignette are from recent picks.  Who needs family heirlooms this year when we’ve got perfectly good junk to display? 

I’ve fully embraced burlap, galvanized, reclaimed wood and sheet music in my overall Christmas decor this year.  I’m really happy with the rustic combination so far.  See the cute little burlap stocking?

You know that phrase “Go Big or Go Home”?  That is sort of what I adapted with me 3 foot plus Santa.  The huge poster was surfaced over the summer and the barnwood frame came from another pick.  I put them together and voila…

Because the poster is about an inch smaller than the frame around, I added yellowed book pages to create a matting.  I am also really happy with the birch pieces.  Side note: Ryan cut all of the birch for the fireplace not the mantel.  They’re just too pretty to burn though, aren’t they?

Oh!  Remember the old gas station belt hooks I got last week?  The mint green worked perfectly in this vignette.  I didn’t even plan that in advance.  The hooks also function well for the mini sheet music wreath to hang from.  Yes, I have gas station junk out for Christmas.  So what?

There are the galvanized buckets…the perfect flower-pot for my white poinsettia.

More burlap.  This old toy sack is excellent for holding firewood.

More green…this time in a dented pail that I just love to use as a flower-pot.  Yes, there are white pumpkins still out for Christmas.  Why not?  The color goes perfectly with the poinsettia.

And there you have our rustic & reclaimed Christmas mantel!  Stay tuned for more burlap/galvanized/reclaimed wood/sheet music decor from Circa Dee this rustic holiday season.  Do you have a theme for you decor this year?

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23 thoughts on “rustic & reclaimed mantel

  1. I love the vintage look of the mantle – it looks awesome. I really love the old soda bin used to store the ornaments – what a great idea. I can’t wait to get our ornaments out and start trimming the tree.

  2. I wish I had still had a mantle! Yours looks so vintage cool! I, too, like the pop crate idea for the ornaments. I have tons of both so I may steal that idea. I will be putting out all kinds of vintage stuff for Christmas. I don’t know how it will turn out yet but I am excited to dive in. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Thanks for joining my Great Poinsettia Decorating Challenge! Your decorating looks wonderful! I wonder if you could also add a link back to my post so that more of your readers and friends can also have a chance to join in the fun?

    Good luck on the linky party. Your odds are looking good so far!

  4. Rustic, reclaimed and perfect! I love old soda bottle crates for so many reasons. One day this week I will be posting my soda bottle crate. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hi Dana–your mantel is gorgeous. Love that crate with the ornaments. You are featured on my blog this week! Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday; stop by and grab a feature button!
    Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style

  6. I love the vintage bulbs in the crate, what a great idea! LOve your jolly santa pic and fresh greens!

    I linked up too but when you click my pic my Halloween mantle pops up. Its a fun mantle but not Christmas like! Love for you to click on my name to check out my current mantle!


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