18 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2007 THE DAILY GLEANER
The mantel is a favourite place to decorate
By MARY CAROL GARRITY Woodland wonderland fering sizes and place them on one side of the mantel. I’m
Scripps Howard News Service partial to hurricanes that sport silver bases because they
The rough, rustic look of winter in the woods has to be add more bling. Now, ﬁll them with a mixture of your fa-
my all-time favourite theme for the holidays because it al-
If I took an informal poll of shoppers in my home-in- vourite gold and silver tree bulbs or other baubles.
lows me to bring the beauty of nature inside my home.
terior stores, asking them to name their favourite spot in On the opposite side of the mantel, create the same ef-
To create an earthy, fresh woodland display, ﬁnd a fallen
the house to decorate, I bet most would say their ﬁreplace fect using tall, thin apothecary jars.
mantel. branch that ﬁts well on your mantel, with twigs that hang Finish out your display by dotting your garland with
over the front and twigs that reach up the wall. Now, wind
We love to experiment with diﬀerent looks on our man- groups of gold and silver balls that match those in your
tels, don’t we? Sometimes we want it screaming with tufts of loose, natural-looking faux greenery, like long-nee- hurricanes and apothecary jars. Be sure to hang a few balls
drama, loaded with accents that make it sparkle and pop.
dled pine garland, through the branches to give it colour from the garland so they swing lazily over the edge of your
Other times, we crave a simple, serene look. and texture. mantel.
I have the most fun with my mantel during the holiday
Next, add the embellishments. If you want a frosty look,
season, when this thin plank of painted wood becomes a
hang clusters of faux icicles from the twigs that reach over
A touch of colour
tiny stage on which I herald the season. If you’re stuck in a
the front of your mantel. Bring out the sparkle of the icicles If you’ve just got to have colour on your holiday mantel,
rut with your holiday mantel decor, try one of my favourite
by using silver pieces on your mantel, like a formal cande- create a base of pine-bough garland that has pinecones at-
themes: labra or a chalice. tached. Then add faux holly garland or picks dotted with
If you’d like a more rustic look, dot plump, red berries. For a country touch, add plaid ribbons
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