Red traditional Mantel with Noel banner and scallop glitter banner

December 29th, 2014

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I decorated my basement mantel with decorations I had lying around from years past. I love bright red for Christmas and definitely feel like it fits in better with the decor downstairs. I did want to freshen it up with a banner, and I had these gorgeous glitter letters from My Mind’s Eye.

I created this banner with the same process I used for my star banner a few weeks ago. This time I used these gorgeous book pages from an old copy of Heidi that my kids had already torn a few pages from.

I especially loved this chapter heading for a christmas banner.  I hand-cut the papers into this pocket shape and then hot-glued on the rosettes and glitter letters. theprojectgirl-noel-mantel-glitter

I wanted to sew this banner instead of string it through holes. I have this gorgeous chartreuse ribbon, and I didn’t want it to cover the book pages, so I placed it under instead. theprojectgirl-noel-banner-ribbon

To keep everything in place for sewing, I used just a few little dabs of glue from my glue runner.


On each end, I folded the ribbon over, and tacked it down with more glue.


Once I had all the flags tacked with glue, I ran the whole thing slowly through the sewing machine.


And then placed it on my mantel.


I wanted to finish off the mantel with one more small banner. I grabbed these glittered confetti circles from My Minds Eye, and sewed them down the middle.


Then I folded and glued them with my Ad tech permanent glue runner to create a scallop banner.


I placed that across the whole mantel to finish off the look. The stockings are from Pottery barn, and the garland is one that I have used before from Joanne Fabric & Craft. I wrapped it in some gorgeous burlap ribbon that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year, also from Pottery Barn.
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Handmade Garlands & Doily Trees

December 29th, 2014


I just love white on white on white for Christmas this year. I’m also working on keeping things simple. So I created a few simple DIY banners to put the finishing touches on my Christmas Mantel.

This Crepe paper banner is super fast, cheap and easy. I just bought a roll of cream crepe paper (for $.99!), and gathered it by bunching and pushing it through the sewing machine. Easy peasy!


I created a tiny felt flag banner using my Cricut Explore to cut a sheet of white felt. The best way to cut felt with a Cricut Explore is to iron-on Heat n’ Bond to the back. You’ll need to peel the backer paper off, and press the bonded side down on the mat.

I cut a ton of little diamonds out of the mounted felt. These are 1.25″ tall.


I used white thread to string the triangles. A thin white twine would have been a bit easier to work with.

I placed each diamond about 1/2″ apart, and then folded them down into triangles and pressed them with my iron.


I love the sweetness of the final banner.theprojectgirl-felt-flag-banner-greenery

For the scallop banner, I sewed 2″ circles down the middle, and folded them over. And the ball banner was a super affordable pom pom banner from Michaels.


I also created these super simple doily trees to finish off my little villages houses by cutting a 12″ doily into quarters.


And then used some hot glue and my Ad Tech High Temp large format glue gun (my fav!) to glue it cut-end to cut-end. I do recommend possibly using a low-temp, or using a finger guards when glueing thin paper with holes.

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And there you go, doily trees!theprojectgirl-doily-tree


Check out more pics of my Christmas Mantel:


Oh Come Let Us Adore Him – Christmas Mantel Decoration

December 19th, 2014


Decorating for holidays is always harder in a new house. I love all my Christmas decor, but our new house has a more simple feel to it. So as I was brainstorming my mantel, I kept trying to distill it down to a clean and simple design. I just love how it turned out. It’s so striking in person. Simple, but makes a statement. literally. theprojectgirl-ohcome-mantel-vinyl

I created the “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him” using Silhouette matte black vinyl and my Silhouette CAMEO and Silhouette’s really awesome Vinyl Roll Feeder which makes cutting big lengths of vinyl a breeze. .


 I kept the decor simple by using a monochrome color pallet. White everything, with simple fresh greenery and black text. I made the same white village houses that I had made for my Christmas tree this year.


Simple white doily trees add a little variation to the simple skyline. And I made a few white garlands to layer over the white stockings.


All the textures and layers of white give the monochromatic scheme a lot of depth, and nothing competes with the gorgeous reclaimed wood fireplace surround.


I love how this mantel looks and feels in my house, and am excited for not having to think so hard next year!