Did any of you get out for some Black Friday specials last week? Hopefully you found some bargains and can now focus on your holiday decorating. I try to avoid the crowds and spent the Thanksgiving weekend finishing up my decor. Usually I have a plan, but ended up changing what I had in mind for my Christmas mantel. My glitter houses were going to grace the mantel, but I ended up creating a snowy village with a Scandinavian vibe.
My Christmas mantel today is part of a showcase of Christmas Mantels Around America. A special thanks to Suzy at Worthing Court for organizing the holiday hop. See how bloggers across the country decorate their Christmas mantel; links at the end of this post.
A trip to the store was supposed to result in one or two more glitter houses, which I had in my shopping basket ready to go. But then, I walked past the store’s wooden crafts aisle and spied shelves with the cutest wooden houses standing at attention.
At first glance, the little wooden houses reminded me of Scandinavian Christmas decorations. A closer look revealed what they truly are … bird houses! I told myself the little bird holes are simply round windows and grabbed several, putting the more expensive glitter houses back where I found them.
My mother used to collect wooden Nordic figures for Christmas. Luckily, I found miniature wooden figures that looked similar to hers, only smaller. It was so much fun choosing little wooden people and other miniature decorations for the houses.
Hubby thought I should paint the houses, which I considered for about 10 seconds. Leaving them plain creates a simpler scene and allowed me to get more creative with decorations for each house.
My Scandinavian style snowy village is perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had decorating my Christmas mantel. Placing the figures and decorations reminded me of playing with doll houses as a child.
Add the nostalgia of my mother’s Nordic collection and you can see why this was fun for me.
A colorful wool felt pom pom garland adds a little more color to the snowy scene.
The wooden bird houses, figurines, and miniature decorations are from Michael’s. A bag of faux snow stretched easily across the mantel to create the snowy village.
The small houses were $5 each, and the two large ones were $10 each. Michael’s carries a variety of styles.
Although I still love my glitter houses, it was time for a change on my Christmas mantel.
Decorating styles can vary all over North America. Enjoy visiting these other fabulous blogs to see how they’ve decorated their Christmas mantels in the region where they live!