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Saturday, December 15, 2012

2012 Christmas Mantel Shabby Architectural with Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus

Days are flying by and Christmas is almost here ...

My mantel is done ...  Oh JOY !!!
I wanted it simple ...  
... a little shabby ...
with a little bit of architectural interest ...

and still express the 'reason for the season' ...
... and here is what I came up with.


The two old porch lights were made into lanterns. I purchased them at ReStore Habitat for Humanity for $10.00 each. Originally they were to cover candles, but did not feel that was safe enough, so I relocated the light to the bottom and put in a small candelabra socket. The wall plate was used to make the base. The socket sleeve is covered with scrolly art using Mod Podge. 

They are sitting atop two vintage posts, lighting the way for the Christ child.

The short shabby chippy column is one I bought from Shannon at Rusty and Redone last year when I won $20.00 gift certificate at her Etsy Shop in a give-away. 

The middle one was a lamp base and the character in it is so unusual, I just did not have the heart to paint it. The tall one is a piece of porch column and I added a base to it. Original chippy white paint on the two of them.  I painted the lanterns barn red to make them look old.

The wreath is decorated with red Cardinals and sitting atop the tallest column, is Mama Cardinal and her babies are nestled in the pip berry garland below. 

Numbers 2 and 5 were cut from a piece of very weathered sign board last year.

The glow of tiny lights underneath the garland of pip berries keeps it soft and simple. 

The chalkboard printable was a free offer from Kellie at Nest of 

Be sure to take a look at her free printables ... they are fantastic. 

I had it enlarged the 11" x 14" and cut down a vintage frame from one I had.

My little angel has worked so hard and is so tuckered out ... she needs a power nap. 

Hope you enjoyed our 2012 Christmas mantel with Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus and can feel the Comfort and Joy of this special day.

Happy Christmas Blessings

Audrey Z.
Timeless Treasures 

Linking to: My Repurposed Life Photobucket

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Semi Homemade Mom
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 Knick of Time Tuesday
Homemaker on a Dime

Debbiedoo's Newbie with a Twist Party
Inspiration Friday at the Picket Fence
Funky Junk Interiors SNS Saturday Nite Special, a link party via Funky Junk Interiors


  1. Audrey, I love the mantel. The lanterns are so fun in red. I like the big 25 too. I was in awe of the chalkboard sign. I thought it was the real thing. Super great printable, that I intend to copy!

  2. As always Audrey, I love the way you put a vignette together. Love the old porch posts mixed with the painted lanterns blended in with your wonderful nativity figures, the cardinal, the wreath, the framed Tidings..

    Lovely sharing.


  3. Beautiful mantel. Great architectural interest!

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    - The Tablescaper

  4. Oh, Audrey, I just love the wreath and those red lanterns! The whole mantle is gorgeous.

  5. That printable is so cute! Thank you so much for sharing! I thought it was chalkboard art!

    What fun!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Audrey your mantel is decorated so beautiful! I love all the items you used. Merry Christmas!


  7. I am wild about the lantern lamps. They are wonderful.

  8. Audrey, I love everything about it! The Lanterns and posts are wonderful, I love the Birds, the 25, the softness of it all, just stunning!

  9. Audrey, thanks for stopping by to see my Winterland terrarium.Your decor is lovely!

  10. Oh your mantle is simply beautiful! I love it all, so hard to choose which piece is my favourite, they all work perfectly together.
    Saw you linking at Knick of Time
    Debbie :)

  11. Love your cute mantel...that chalkboard is awesome...and I love the big numbers. :)

  12. Fantastic Audrey! Merry Christmas to you and your family.


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