Christmas Mantel Decor

The Christmas boxes haves officially scattered themselves all over the house.  

Yeah they did it, not me!  

Sweater Christmas Decor

I would never go from one box to the next in search of our stockings only to finally find them in the very last box

Christmas Mantel Decor

and then decide to make new ones anyways – that doesn’t sound like me at all… :)

White Burlap Christmas Stocking

I had no idea what I was going to do for my Christmas mantel decor this year.  I really loved my sign from last year (apparently you all do too since it’s still one of my most popular posts.) but I wanted to go for a little more classic look vs rustic this year.  

Christmas Mantel Decor

I was trying to describe to the Mr.  the feel I wanted this year – white Christmas, cozy snow ball fight, vintage red, with plenty of jingle bells thrown in…  

I think I lost him at snow ball fight, because he got that glazed look in his eyes…

Although he did inform me that if I was going to be decorating our house around a “cozy snow ball fight” I clearly had never been involved in a real snow ball fight.

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Art

I hit up Goodwill to pick up a bunch of sweaters (you can see my cute sweater pillow here) and tossed them on the bed next to my Autumn door decor, when inspiration struck!  What would happen if I stuck one of the sweater in my embroidery hoop?

Holiday goodness that’s what happened!

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Art

 Don’t worry – I’ll be sharing the full tutorial on how to make your own fun Christmas Embroidery Hoop art later in the week.

For now I’ll just show you the pretty pictures

Classic Christmas Decor

complete with ice skates for when the lake freezes over.

Classic Christmas Decor

And pretty birch branches that have me rethinking my fall back career plans as a lumberjack (don’t ask, just trust me when I say I won’t be swinging an axe again anytime soon).

Christmas Mantel Decor

I think I’ll stick to decorating and wrangling kids…

Christmas Mantel

 and planning an epic snow ball fight the likes of which the Mr. has never seen! :) 

Sharing at Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. LOVE! I just picked up an embroidery hoop at a thrift store! Had it in my mind to create Christmas decor with it too! Love yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Amber @ Averie Lane

  2. Really nice and snowy and soft-looking mantel. The turquoise is so pretty with the white. :-)

  3. What a wonderful idea!! I was trying to figure out how you made the round ball and you used a hoop. WOW!! I’ve got embroidery hoops stuck in plastic bins somewhere but they are small. I will definitely have to try this out. You are an inspiration.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I think we are thinking on the same wavelength! I want to do a classic christmas too with red and white. I love your “snow ball fight” analogy!
    Love it!

  5. Wow, that hoop sign is so gorgeous! Beautiful mantel this year. :)

  6. Cozy snowball fight. HA! That made me laugh so hard! My husband, who’s from TX, probably would have bought it, though.

    Umm, holy awesome embroidery Batman! And those stockings a great! For a woman who always says she can’t sew, you seem to be doing pretty well, Kelly. They remind me of my Etsy stockings (which are burlap and linen). They sold like hotcakes last year and a ramping up this year, and I credit bloggers for spreading the burlap love :)

  7. That is really beautiful! I love everything about it, especially the hoop!

  8. Becky Fuelling says:

    Kelly, So pretty. I love the pops of red against the white.

  9. Kelly this is gorgeous, loving the greenery and the pops of red. PINNED!!


  10. Beautiful as always, Kelly!!

  11. Very, very cute!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Love the mantle. I am totally digging the cozy snowball fight. You are so clever to use an old sweater and a hoop. I love it!

  13. Beautiful! Love the white with accents of red!! You need to come to help me !:) This is magazine photo worthy!

  14. Oh, well at least he sort of heard what you said. You crack me up. Gorgeous mantel as always.

  15. Very pretty! I just love the hoop and the garland. Where did you find the garland?

  16. You did a great job on the stitching! The whole thing together is beautiful!

  17. OMG I love the sweater in the embroidery hoop! It looks like a giant ornament over your fireplace. Really very peaceful, like the first snow inside your living room. It looks like a very cozy place to curl up in front of over the coming wintery nights.

  18. Oh I just love this! Pinning : ) That huge embroidery hoop is nothing but pure awesomeness!! :

  19. Pinned! Beautiful Kelly :-)

  20. Love the mantle – it really looks terrific. I like your hoop very much and that was such a great idea. Thanks so much for sharing your post.

  21. Beautiful! I have those same wicker chairs. I can’t seem to find cushions to fit it well. Did you make your own?

  22. Kelly it’s just gorgeous!! Looks like it belongs in a magazine! You did an incredible job my friend! :-)

  23. I love your mantle it looks so warm and inviting. I love it.

  24. Absolutely gorgeous, Kelly! I love the colors and your embroidery is beautiful (the perfect centerpiece)!

  25. Absolutely beautiful! I love your stockings too! Did you make them or what?

  26. Kelly – i absolutely LOVE your mantel!!!!

  27. Kelly–I have total mantel envy right now! I love everything about your mantel!!! It looks like it straight out of pottery barn! Great job!

  28. What a lovely mantel. I love the colors! I love this so much, I want to do this with my mantle that is similar to this one.

  29. Oh Kelly your mantel is just beautiful. I cannot wait to see the rest of your decor on the Christmas Home Tour. So pretty.

  30. What a beautiful mantel! I want your sweater embroidery hoop!!

  31. Did you post instructions how to do the Embroidery hoop, as far as the lettering?

  32. It is all so gorgeous …

  33. What a gorgeous mantel and I love your embroidery hoop art! Thank you so much for sharing it at my 12 days linky party.


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