DIY Holiday Mantel

Alright, this is about the cheapest, quickest, most easily customizable holiday mantle decoration ever!

Items Needed: Old Frame, Ribbon (about 4 yds), Items to hang, hot glue gun, plastic clamps (optional)

Start by heading to your local thrift store. Yes, I command you to go! You will need both hands so if you have to bring the kids get creative! I had my 7 year old stepson in tow and once he discovered the pink zingers in the vending machine it was game on! Head straight to the art section and while you sift through the framed artwork ignore the pictures of mauve flowers, kittens with baskets of yarn, and clowns giving unsettling smirks. Look at the frame that is surrounding these atrocities. This particular frame had a distressed look I loved but not with the boat poster inside. As your shopping keep an open mind, I expected to find one of those fancy gold numbers and was all ready with my white glossy paint before I found this rugged seven dollar bad boy.

If your like you me have yards of ribbon just waiting to be used but if not, you will need to make one more stop and pick some up. I love this part because buying ribbon is truly one of my greatest joys in life. I used almost 4 yards but how much you need will depend on your frame size.

Now you just need a few items to hang. I chose pinecones but you could also do ornaments, tiny espresso cups, candy canes…literally anything you have in the house or see while you are buying the pretty ribbon or the frame.

Last step, get your hot glue gun heated up and attach the ribbon to the items. Before I glue the top of the ribbon to the frame I used clamps to hold it in place and test it out on the mantle. This was helpful as I decided to go vertical rather than horizontal. Sometimes one way just looks a little better depending on the size of the frame, the mantle or the items. Who knows, but I think its worth spending the extra couple of minutes to make sure it looks perfect so when old Saint Nick squeezes his big butt through my fireplace he likes what he sees.

 

Coming out of the closet

I haven’t posted in awhile because I have literally been in the closet! My newest project involves closet organization at possibly an extreme level. I have been working on a new venture that I am excited to share on my blog! I contemplated blogging about this prior to now however I had my doubts that I would be able to pull this together. After months of hard work, I have finally solved one of my organizational issues that has plagued me since the birth of my son.

This started awhile (long while) back. Before I got pregnant my husband and I bought a 120 year old house. I became pregnant the first week living in it! I didn’t realize tiny bedrooms, almost no storage and crazy small closets would be major issues in my future. The bedroom that would eventually be a nursery had a weird closet that required major work. I decided to remove the doors on the closet to make the room feel a little bigger. Alas…I realized the potential error of my way. You need to keep the thing clean! To make matters worse, the changing table doesn’t hold a lot so most of Theo’s clothes need to be hung in the closet. I decided my personal challenge would be to make the closet adorable, starting with the hangers!

I searched online and found many cute hangers for shirts but nothing that was just as adorable for pants. I went to home depot and bought lots of random items trying to make the next cute hanger. I experimented with ribbons as hooks, clothespins as clips and shims as the base. While some of my creations were cute, they weren’t exactly functional. Here we are almost 2 years later and I finally have the perfect baby hangers! I would love to share these with you so I opened an etsy store called Half Pint Hangers. I am so excited because Half Pint Hangers offers children’s hangers that are top quality, work amazingly well and are so cute I feel like I am decorating a batch of cupcakes with every order! If you get a chance, please check out my store and leave feedback www.etsy.com/shop/halfpinthangers  or just click on the new menu on this site. If you like what you see, like us on facebook, pin a photo on pinterest, send out a tweet or just shoot me a message! I would love to hear from you.

Officially out of the closet,

Heidi
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