This post was most recently updated on September 23rd, 2019
When you decorate for Christmas in aqua, white and silver, the transition to winter decorating is pretty easy (and not to mention, inexpensive). All it took was a little editing of my ‘Winter Wonderland’ Christmas mantel to create a winter vignette.
The trick to creating a winter mantel is to pare down, and remove anything screams Christmas – like any dressy ribbons, Christmas bulbs, trees, and reindeer. Once those things are packed away, you can take a step back and decide what else can stay and what can go.
In my case, I also removed all of the silver and white glittery twigs and sticks that created the volume on my Christmas mantel. Even though these are pretty holiday-neutral, en masse they seemed a little too fussy and over-the-top than the look I was going for. So in the box they went. Ultimately, I ended up stripping the whole thing down to just the string of glittery-adorned white lights, and my winter wreath.
Next, I started the process of building it back up again. First, I knew I wanted to add the three chubby mason jars that I purchased at Dollarama for just $3 each. (Steal!) I filled them with faux snow (nothing else – just loved the simplicity of it) and placed them in the middle of the mantel. The string of lights behind them provides a beautiful glow, especially when the room is dark!
Next, I added in a bit of whimsy with the “All you need…” print, as a little prelude to the season’s highlight, Valentine’s Day. I had seen one similar to this somewhere on the web and LOVED it, and it was simple to recreate. I already had the glass frame on hand.
Finally, for visual interest, I added in a bit more colour with the turquoise trees that were part of my Christmas stash, and texure with the white pine cones. In addition, I pulled in the DIY snowflake garland that I had made for my master bedroom during the Christmas season.
I am loving the final result. The room feels wintery and cozy.
My DIY wintery jar lanterns which I made for Christmas also stayed, and they are now on the console table next to the mantel. I added in a little mossy grapevine wreath (also from Christmas), and voila, my mission was complete!
Until next time, happy decorating!
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