Happy Monday, y’all!
If you’ve been around here for a while now, you know that one of my favorite challenges is to help folks decorate using what they already have. So when my friend Laura asked if I’d help her and her sister (who lives in the other half of her duplex) decorate their mantels for Christmas on budget of under 25 bucks, I could hardly wait to get started!
Before I headed to Laura‘s, I pulled together a bunch of things that I wasn’t going to be using in my Christmas decorating this year so that she and her sister could put them to good use. Laura also pulled out all her Christmas decor, and here’s a look at her mantel before we got started…
…and here’s what I had fun coming up with using the things she and I already had:
You’ll notice I asked her to paint the (non-working) fireplace between my first and second visit too. I love how crisp the black looks with the white surround!
As for decor, we went with a camp/Southern kind of vibe, and the only thing she purchased was a four-dollar bag of faux snow- which she used a 40% off coupon on.
I got the bark-covered vases a while back, but I *think* they came from TJ Maxx.
I criss-crossed the measuring tape ribbon (Michaels?) on them to mimic the X on the Alabama state flag poster we used on the wall.
Laura’s last name is Bell, so we *had* to work in their little bell collection:
I got the White Christmas framed print from Lindsay Letters a few years ago and was so excited to learn that it’s Laura’s favorite Christmas movie! 🙂
Over in Laura’s sister’s side of the duplex, we had another nice, blank slate to work with:
To switch things up, I went with a more neutral/traditional theme over here:
One of their friends did the lettering on the chalkboard (which is tied to a funny “Home Alone” memory they share), and everything (except the “G” stocking) came from my house.
Full discloure: the green and white stockings aren’t actually green and off-white in real life (they’re red and off-white), but I forgot the cable knit and fur stockings I was going to let her borrow, so I made them match the rest of the display using Photoshop- ha!
For those of you working with a small to no budget this year, I hope some of these ideas are inspiring and helpful. Creating mantel displays is one of my absolute favorite things to do, and I look forward to showing you ours here next week! 😀
PS- If you’d like a sneak peek of my Christmas decorating process, make sure to meet me over on my Instagram stories this week. And thank you so much for helping me dream up names for my Wednesday decorating ideas excursions. I look forward to sharing my Top 2 for a final vote on Instagram stories tomorrow! 🙂