Twas the day after Black Friday, and the mantel was bare. The fall decor was tucked away for another year, and traditional nutcrackers were dancing through my head. After a quick trip to Joann Fabrics, and loading up the shopping cart to the BRIM with nutcrackers in ALL sizes, I started decorating the mantel. I am not the decorating guru when it comes to mantels, but when you know what you like, it makes it MUCH easier. Last year, I fell in love with the nutcrackers on the mantle at a blog Adventures in Decorating so I knew in advance what I was going to do.
After laying greenery on the mantel, I added some lights, sparkly ornaments and JOY.
Beads, bows and snowflakes too.
Placed some mixed nuts in a candle holder, and topped it with a sweet little guy. I was inspired by this idea on a blog last year and tucked the idea away for this year.
I bought the snowflakes on sale last year, and spray painted them gold for the display.
"Planted" a nutcracker in a Les Fleurs box that I brought in from the garden, and he's hanging out on the shelf next to the mantel.
Lastly, two large nutcrackers guarding the fireplace. Don't worry....we move the Christmas stockings when we use the fireplace to cozy up the room ;o)