Snowflake Mantel

Hi, I’m Holly {one half of the sister duo} from My Sister’s Suitcase. Nat is the other half {and my best friend!} We are currently living in different states, so we started our blog to share our latest creative projects with each other. We kinda drive our husbands crazy, but it’s worth it! We love Kristyn and we’re excited to be a part of her Christmas in July celebration this month. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I can’t believe we are already halfway there!

Today, I’ll be sharing one of my favorite tutorials from last Christmas, my Snowflake Mantel:

{I created this wall treatment with…. any guesses? Felt snowflakes from the Dollar Store!!} I’ll give you guys ALL the details, but first here are some fun Christmas facts about me:

1 – What is your favorite holiday and why?

Yes, Christmas IS my favorite holiday {with Thanksigiving as a close second. PIE. ‘Nuff said.} Basically, from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, we have some kind of holiday festivities happening, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

2 – What is your favorite Christmas Tradition?

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is a Countdown Calendar I started with my kids last year. Every day, we get to do something together as a family. It could be as simple as playing a board game to building a fort and eating dinner inside… that was one of our favorites! We also make lots of treats, go caroling, and do secret acts of service for others. It really made our holiday time together special, having something to look forward to doing together every day. We can’t wait to do it again this year!

3 – What is your all-time favorite Christmas Movie?

We are a movies and popcorn family! So of course, we love an excuse to snuggle up and enjoy our favorite Christmas movies :) My favorite to watch with the kids is A Charlie Brown Christmas, but my all time favorite would have to be Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. I have wonderful memories of watching it with my mom, and to an Arizona gal, seeing the snowfall scene at the end was pretty magical!

4 – What has been the best present you’ve ever received and why?

Over the years, I have received some pretty amazing and thoughtful gifts for Christmas. But as I get older, the ones that I cherish most are the simple, handmade items or letters from loved ones. I absolutely adore getting handwritten cards and “coupons” from my husband and kids. They know how to melt a mama’s heart!! One year, my sister wrote a really special letter to all of us with her testimony and that was really awesome… I still have it and will cherish it always! Sometimes simple is best.

5 – Why do you blog?

OK, so last question before we get to my Snowflake tutorial…. why do we blog?? Well, I think that is pretty simple too. We love having a place to express our creativity and it is important to have something that is just our own. As moms of young kids, our free time is pretty limited! But doing something we love and taking time for our own interests, helps us to be better in all the other areas of our lives too. Now, that being said, it is definitely a balancing act and we’ve had to learn how to be okay with not posting for a week if our families need us :) It has been really fun to share this adventure with my sis and we can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

I am excited to share a simple decor idea with you guys for transforming your mantel area {or any wall in your home} to a stunning winterscape. Who would have guessed that the inspiration for this project hit me in the dollar store? This is what I found:

Large felt snowflakes! I had been thinking about trying something with felt & snowflakes but I’m too lazy to cut them all out…. hmmm…. could this work? I grabbed everything they had left in stock :) I used 14 snowflakes to complete my wall. The only other tools I used were scissors and double-stick tape, (a much better alternative than thumbtacks… no holes to fill in later!) I got to work, and about an hour after I started, here is what I had come up with:
Pretty amazing, right? I can’t believe how much it changes the entire look of my mantel! It’s all the goodness of a stencil, with a beautiful lace pattern and element of texture too. {And without the messy paint!} Here’s a closeup shot…. I can’t wait to show you how I did it :)
I started out by laying out my pattern and figuring out how many snowflakes I would need to complete one row. Then I measured how much of a gap I needed to leave on each side of my pattern (I’d finish the edges last after the center of the pattern was complete.) Then I just turned my first snowflake over, attached several pieces of double-stick tape (approx. 6-8 pieces per snowflake) and adhered it to the wall.
Just make sure to match your edges up carefully to create a consistent pattern… in this case, I had to match the ends to create a 4-sided star shape (above). Here is my wall after the first row and a half is complete! It didn’t take long until the center was all filled in:
Once the center part of the design was finished, I just had to line up my snowflakes, trace the edges with a pencil, and cut them to fit.
Pretty soon, the wall was completely filled in and I was more than happy with the result!
As a renter, it can be challenging to find ways to make a dramatic impact in your home (when you can’t put lots of holes in the wall, change the paint, etc.) That is one reason I love this project! It was super easy to install, it’s rental-friendly, and it cost less than $15! To add the finishing touch to my snowflake mantel, I whipped up a fun Christmas printable with the words from one of my favorite all time carols :)
{To download this Making Sprits Bright print, come visit us at My Sister’s Suitcase. And check out all of our other free printables too!} Thanks for having me visit today Kristyn. Now I’m all excited for Christmas and craving a cup of hot chocolate… too bad it’s 90 degrees outside!
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    WOW NAT!!! I LOVE this! It is SO PRETTY!!! Looks AMAZING with that blue color!
    I will be trying something similar this Christmas.. maybe! I am about as fickle as they come! Always changing things up and changing my mind! LOL!
    Sure do miss you cute girls!
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