Not every house has a beautiful mantle decorated for Christmas. sshhhh….I know right? They seem to be everywhere and everyone seems to have one, but our house is very lacking in the mantle department. I almost convinced the husband to help me build a faux fireplace just so I could have the mantle. But luckily for him, I came to my senses when I realized we don’t have a spot one would work in and took to decorating our stair area instead.
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We’ve lived here for a little over a year, and this entire section of house has been left empty. I knew I wanted to do something fun on the half wall, and knew the large frame and print would add a little excitement to this area.
I used window moulding, Rustoleum Satin spray paint in red, 2′ x 4′ hard board (masonite), and a staple gun to make make the framed art on the half wall. The black and white print is made using Rhonna Designs Insta-Christmas font and was printed as a blue print.
The garland is Martha Stewart Living Winterberry 6 ft. Red Poinsettia Garland with Red Berries and Pinecones. The poinsettias were a little much, so I took them out, and love the texture the berries and pinecones add. The plan was to put Clear Garland Lights with the garland, but we don’t have an outlet anywhere in the vicinity to plug them in to so they were nixed. We have a whole slew of 3M Commands strips and hangers hanging everything up. You can’t beat them for easy of hanging and taking down.
To make the J and Y I spent a while scrolling through my fonts looking for letters that I liked, but that would be doable to cut with a jigsaw. No tight curly-cues allowed! I printed them out, taped them together, and traced on the board. Then my husband wielded the jigsaw and cut them out for me. After a quick sanding I glued pieces of 2″x4″ onto the back to give them a little dimension. And I braved the cold to give them a quick spray of red.
Our stockings are now hung over the stairs with care!
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