This pretty mantle decorating didn’t cost a dime, and yet is very striking and a little out of the ordinary.
I started with the ‘snow’. I laid down a layer of polyfil pillow stuffing, enough to cover the entire mantle. If you don’t have any new stuffing, just take apart an old bed pillow or a couple of old throw cushions and use the stuffing from that. I never throw out old pillows and cushions, I keep them for the stuffing.
Next, layer on fresh evergreen clippings. I cut back an overgrown Mugo Pine in my garden for mine and clipped some bits out of the White Cedars that are all around my house. Free and fresh – what more could you ask!
Then I just added some dollar store red poinsettia, and a few other things from previous mantle decorations.
I pulled and pushed and rearranged the snow until it looked somewhat like a fresh snowfall, higher here, blown away there, until I was pleased with the effect.
I added a string of white LED lights and covered each bulb with a little puff of stuffing, which softened the glare of the LEDs and gave each bulb a ‘halo’.
Presto – one pretty mantle at no cost or at least very little.