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My Scandinavian-ish Red and White Mantel

I love decorating my mantel for the holidays. Last year, my colors were red and turquoise and I went for a whimsical party theme.

This year I thought it would be fun to go with a simpler Scandinavian-ish Red and White theme. I love the Scandinavian aesthetic – clean, simple and pretty. My husband spent two years in Finland and his love of the culture really inspired me.

The first thing I did, was I spray painted a vintage door that I have used over and over for different mantel ideas. I used Apple Red from Valspar. Then I made a little mantel skirt out of some sheer drapery fabric. I traced some plates with a pencil to make scallops and cut them out.

Then I added some white candlesticks from Ikea, along with some various white lanterns and some simple paper trees.

I also made some simple red and white paper chains and draped them across the mantel with some pom pom fringe.

The centerpiece of the mantel is a Winter Ice Skate Wreath. I found some vintage skates and I added some polka dots I cut out with my Silhouette machine. I attached them to the skates. Then I found some classic red and white plaid material and wrapped it around the wreath form and attached the skates to the top by tying the skate laces to the top. And then I tied the wreath to the door with some pom pom ribbon along with some jingle bells.

Another thing I made for this mantel was a smaller version of the advent/card holder ladder that I made last year.

I can’t wait for some holiday cards to arrive so I can hang them up!! (a tutorial on how to make the mini ladder card holder is coming up soon)

Be sure to check out the Amazing Wreaths Pinboard that Beckie and I have created along with Styrofoam Crafts. There are so many amazing wreaths linked up there. TONS of inspiration!!

For great wreath and crafty ideas — follow along with Styrocrafts

on StyroCrafts on Facebook 

 And Crafts ‘n Coffee Blog.

Have you made a wreath for the Holidays??

Leave the link to YOUR wreath in the comments, I would LOVE to add it to the Amazing Wreaths pinboard!! 


Have a HAPPY Day!! 


  1. My husband is part Finnish, :) I love all the adorable and beautiful decorations that my MIL has at Christmas, you did a wonderful job.

  2. I just found your blog and I love it! Your mantle is stunning. I love Scandinavian style too!
    My favorite part is your paper chain with all the different papers, where on earth did you find such darling prints?

  3. I am *swoooning* for this! Beautiful, beautiful job! That sideways antique door kills me!

  4. Love the red and white! What about the Kraft paper trees? Did you make them?

  5. I did my house in Red and White as well… I love the ice skates!

  6. Love your mantel Jen! So clever to add vinyl polka dots to the skates. Oh and I love that snowflake pillow in the foreground too. Very pretty!

    • Hi Kara!!

      Thanks so much!! Those skates make me happy :)

      I hope things are going well for you. Merry Christmas my friend!!


  7. I absolutely love your mantel! So cheery and festive and I love those skates! Everything is perfect. :)

  8. Brilliant! Your ideas and the colors. I think I would just stare at your decorations all day. So lovely.

  9. I love it all, Jen! I love the polka dots on the ice skates, so fun! It’s funny, because I remember at CHA last year you saying polkadots being a big trend this year, and you were right! You are always right. :) Loved last night. So fun to be with you. <3

    • haha!! I don’t know what I’m talking about. But I do love polka dots. And I LOVE your skate wreath Kami!! So cute and so funny that we were both thinking of vintage skates. I love that!!

      Love you my friend!!


  10. love the card holder – and as a swede, your inspiration is spot on!

    • Oh my goodness KP — that means so much to me. Thank you!!! I just love the simple and beautiful Scandinavian decor. Thanks for the comment my friend!


  11. Adorable! I must go out and find a vintage ladder like that! Too cute! I’m Swedish and we celebrate that at Christmas-time, I think you nailed the decor on your mantle!

    • Thanks so much Chessa!! That really means so much to me. I just love the scandinavian aesthetic!!

      Happy Holidays!!


  12. How pretty & festive — I love every detail, and I love red & white for the holidays, too. You’ve inspired me, Jen. Thank you!

  13. So pretty! I absolutely love the ladder for Christmas cards!!

  14. Love it! I did a Scandinavian mantle too and will link it up tonight at the party!

  15. How fun! I love the red door! xo Kristin

  16. My Girlish Whims says:

    Adorable!!! I love the little mantel skirt :) I don’t have my Christmas wreath posted but here is my fall one! http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/09/yarn-wrapped-fall-wreath.html

  17. Your mantel is beautiful….I love the the simplicity with a bold impact! Here is a link to my first ever wreath (Pinterest inspired of course!)


  18. Jen, I always love seeing what you come up with. I think a day wandering through your home would be a blast :). It just looks like such a happy place! Love love the new mantel. Pinned for our audience and I am including it in our newsletter today – they’ll love it!

  19. I lovvvve the painted door, so simple but makes a statement!

  20. Love your mantel! I really love the ice skates and the mini card ladder. Very pretty!

  21. Absolutely beautiful! I love the bright red. :)

  22. Hi Jen! Your mantles are so cute. I can’t wait until I have a mantle again. Cross fingers I will next year.

    I’m having a, “It’s a Social Hop like Crazy” party. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your blog.

    Have a crazy beautiful weekend!

  23. Very cute. I love all the red and white!


  24. What a pretty space! It just looks so warm and cozy!

  25. Oh my gosh I love ALL of this! One thing I really miss about my old house is our mantle – for decorating. I went a little crazy with live greenery to make up for it :)

  26. I love it! I really really love the red door!

    • Thanks Mindi!! I was a little nervous spray painting it, but I really love it. And I figure I can use it for Valentine’s Day too ha :)


  27. So fresh and pretty! Love it!

  28. wait…did you get a new slip cover? it looks like a gray in the first picture? either way, i bet it looks so festive in your family room!

    • Thanks Kellie!! Yes, I got another slipcover. This one is grey. I thought it would be fun to have another one so I could switch them out. I haven’t blogged about it yet though haha! I need to do that :)


  29. oh i love it! how fun! i bet all that red & white looks great with your turquoise sofa!


  30. I love the red and white — so simple and gorgeous! And honestly, could that wreath be any cuter? Those skates! I made a thumbtack and book page wreath last week and it was really fun!


    • Your wreath is so pretty Maria!! I pinned it. I love the contrast between the thumbtacks and book pages. Awesome!!


  31. oooh i love it!!! gorgeous! the ladder is adorable!


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