Sunday, December 8, 2013

Winter Mantle Update and Metal Ladder Upcycle

Although this weekend was busy and hectic, I was able to change some of our fall decorations over to winter ones.  The first part of the decor that I changed was the metal gutter than we put on the mantle.  Remember how we decorated it for fall?

Here is the updated winter version!

To update this I was able to use a lot of the same materials.  I kept the moss (I actually added a little more,) the twigs, the brown wicker balls, the burlap, pinecones, and deer sheds.  Basically, I took out anything orange, red, or yellow, tossed out the squash and mini pumpkins that were in there and replaced it with extra moss.  I also added berry sprigs found at Hobby Lobby.  It was actually cheaper to purchase a strand of garland - only about $10 with the 50% off sale they had running - and use VERY sharp kitchen shears to cut the sprigs off the wire garland.  The letters spelling "Merry" are just 99 cent chip board letters found in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby.  I didn't even paint them because I liked their original color!

Here's a little bit more of a close-up so you can see what's going on in the gutter. 
This weekend Patrick and I also scored a pretty amazing find at the Lucky Star Craft Market in Ames - an old metal farm ladder that had been cut down to be about 4 feet tall.  $28 later and we have a rustic little place to hang our blankets - a nice way to cozy up the living room for winter. 

Hope you're staying warm and cozy!  It's been snowing all day in Iowa!  Looks like we'll have some shoveling to do this evening! 

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