Enjoy this encore presentation as part of Funky Junk's Christmas house tour.
It's December already? Where did the year go? I'm not ready for Christmas. And for some odd reason, I'm not in the Christmas mood.
I thought decorating would help. But NADA. NOTHING. I still feel all BAH HUMBUG.
At least my mantel is decorated.
I'm calling it my "Bottle Brush Christmas Mantel" as it is sporting lots of bottle brush Christmas trees. Including these knock off waterless snow globes that are the rage this Christmas.
I also decided to go with traditional Christmas colors this year. But I still wanted a vintage feel.
This putz style schoolhouse was a new purchase from Tai Pan Trading on Black Friday. I used my 25% off coupon on it. The mini white feather (at least that is what I am calling it) tree is a vintage find from an antique store in downtown Riverside a couple of years ago.
I have a smaller version of this schoolhouse that is an ornament that came from Mervyn's many a moon ago. I will show you later in the week when I share my china hutch.
And speaking of china hutches, hubby bought me another one for Christmas from the Habitat ReStore. So now I will have two. I am so excited. Somewhere else to display pretty dishes and holiday stuff. I just need to move furniture around to make room for it. And it needs to be painted. But I may just wait until after Christmas to paint. I'm itching to decorate it.
Don't you just love this tree? I actually found 2 of them. And they were quite inexpensive since they were in a booth that had everything 40% off.
I added more bottle brush trees.
The tall red one in the back was a new purchase from Tai Pan Trading. The white tree came from either Marshall's, TJ Maxx or Home Goods. The green tree came in a package of 21 trees that either came from Big Lots or Michaels (I purchased sets from both stores). You can't have too many bottle brush trees.
The bottle brush wreath hanging from the mirror was a thrift store find a few years back.
The "Merry Christmas" came from Walmart last year or the year before. At least I think it came from Walmart.
Here is my version of the knock off waterless snow globes. You can find lots of tutorials on the web or Pinterest. I just spray painted the lids. I stuck the trees to the bottom using some "Sticky Tack". I didn't want it to be permanent and the sticky tack is holding just dandy.
I then added some fake snow (that I already had on hand), screwed on lid. And called it done. And the best part is that I had pretty much everything on hand. I just had to pick up a few bottles at the thrift store for 75 cents a piece.
Since I didn't have room for candles on my mantel, I added these snowflake lights. I think I've had these lights for at least 15 years or more. And they still work (knocking on wood). And I've only broken one of the snowflakes.
And what did I do with the light that no longer has a snowflake cover?
I placed it in this putz style cardboard house. See the light coming through the window? I picked up this house and 5 others from Grandin Road two years ago. I got them on clearance for something like $5.00 each. A steal! Grandin Road can be affordable when they have a sale or clearance an item out. I'll show you the other houses later in the week. I still need to take photos.
My original mantel plan was to have all the putz style houses on the mantel. But most of them were too big. So they were banished to the sofa table instead. Only this one made the cut.
Besides, I needed room for my forest of bottle brush trees.
Did you notice the other mini feather tree on the left?
And that my friends, is this years Christmas mantel. I'm pretty happy on how it turned out. Except for the wreath in the middle. I need some different ribbon to hang it from. Or some other adornment. What do you think?