Joy to the world mantel – colorful mantel ideas. Create colorful, handmade elements for a bright and whimsical mantel this holiday season. Handmade embroidery hoop sayings and giant sign DIY tutorials.
How to Make a Themed Holiday Mantel
I love doing a different theme mantel each year. Creating handmade DIY’s for holidays are one of my favorite things. This year I created embroidery hoop wreaths with pennants inside that say – Joy to the World. I hung the embroidery hoops on colorful ribbon suspended from a big branch above my mantel.
On the mantel itself I arranged bright bottle-brush trees and little white houses. I love that the little houses light up at night with built-in candles. It’s so warm and inviting.
Make a GIANT Holiday Sign
Another project I love making are GIANT signs. This year I added a bit of wood trim to the top and bottom of the sign. And instead of painting the word on the sign as I usually do, I added industrial letters and created an O out of a bigger embroidery hoop. I love the way the 3D elements on the giant sign look! Make a GIANT Joy Sign.
Add Whimsical Elements
I found a spindle reindeer and added it in front of the fireplace. I love combining COLOR and wood together.
On my tree I create wood and colorful snowflake ornaments. They are simple but bright. Scandinavian Snowflake Ornament Tutorial.
Incorporate Beloved Items
Our little sled is an element that I use every year in some way. This year I have it leaning against the side of the mantel with a bright wreath on top. Other years I’ve piled presents on top of it and arranged it in front of the tree. It’s one of my favorite things to use each year !
Make Holiday Garlands
I also LOVE garlands! Paper garlands are one of the easiest ways to decorate for ANY occasion – especially at the holidays. And this year I have a new tool in my line that makes PENNANTS! It’s called the Pennant Punch Board. You can make three different shapes of pennants AND in 30 different sizes. The tool has everything you need built into it. There are measurements for different sized pennants, as well as guides. The cutting tool has a place in the center of the punch board. You just take it out of its slot and then run it along the guides. And at the top of the punch board is a hold punch. SO clever!! It’s 40% right now!
I made 3D trees and ran them along the top of the mantel. Under the trees are GIANT white pom poms and then a big colorful felted ball garland. I love that each garland has a different texture!
A few present round out our JOY TO THE WORLD MANTEL! I love the way it looks at night with the fireplace on and the little houses all lit up!
I am super excited to be taking part in the Seasonal Simplicity blog hop! Be sure to hop over and see ALL of the mantel ideas!! So much inspiration!!
Today I’m joined by a group of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their holiday mantel and vignettes ideas with you…
The Happy Housie // House by Hoff // Rooms FOR Rent // The Turquoise Home
Lolly Jane // Just a Girl and Her Blog / / Taryn Whiteaker Designs / / My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
So Much Better With Age // Finding Silver Pennies // Home Made Lovely // Designthusiasm
tatertots and jello // Clean and Scentsible // All Things With Purpose // Tauni Everett
Craftberry Bush // Hallstrom Home // Rambling Renovators // Deeply Southern Home
Modern Glam // Summer Adams // Happy Happy Nester // Town and Country Living
Willow Street Interiors // Sawdust to Stitches // Life is a Party
Be sure to click over to get the ideas!
Have a festive day!
I love this! Where did you get the spindle deer?
Thanks Amy! I found that at HomeGoods. Isn’t it just the sweetest thing? They have the cutest holiday decor!
I love the layered garlands! Where did you get the white snowball garland?
Hi! That pom pom garland is actually trim from Hobby Lobby. They sell it by the yard. It’s next to the fabric section 🙂
Katie Flood says
Where are the little white houses from? So cute!
Hi! The houses are from Target’s dollar spot.
Were are the little white houses from? So cute!
Karen Blevins. says
I love all of it ,would love doing these things with my grandchildren.
Calvin B says
Perfect one to follow for next christmas. I just loved reading it from start till end.
This looks so cool! Thank you Abby for sharing such great tips
Abby at Just a Girl and Her Blog says
This mantel makes me so happy, Jen! Love the cheery colors– I started grinning as soon as I saw your first photo. Beautifully done! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!
Thank you Abby!
Kristin salazar says
Everything is so beautiful, thank you for all the great tips!
Thanks Kristin. Happy Thanksgiving!
Valenica Abbott says
This is GORGEOUS!! Love, love, love the color!
I love your garlands! And these bright colours are so fun and festive. So pretty!
Thank you Jamie!!
Oh my goodness, what a beautiful and FUN Christmas mantel! I love every detail! xoxo
What great suggestions and I love how your mantel is so colorful! Thank you for being a part of the blog hop too, Jen.
Thank you Danielle!!!
How did you make the Merry Christmas banner? I ???? it and have just the place for one;). thanks for all your adorable ideas!!
I found the Merry Christmas banner at World Market. It was too long for my mantel so I took the letters off and hot glued them onto a ribbon 🙂
Lolly Jane says
Love it SO much, Jen!!! We adore all the color, of course!! xo
Thanks girls!! I love everything you do!
Ellen | Ask Away Blog says
OMGGGG I love that little deer he’s so frickin cute!
Thanks Ellen!! I love his spindly little legs 🙂