After making the big move in July it was fun to pull together things that were no longer being used. I started by pinning a few mantles on Pinterest that I liked. I then searched high and low for anything around the house or that was boxed up that might work for my final product. Then it was off to a few of my favorite stores to find some cheap accessories.
At the dollar store I found these, as well as, the heart wreath and heart sticks:
The garland was long enough to put around the mantle and I was able to use part of the second one to decorate the tree branches that I bought at Michael's. Instead of decorating with rose petals that are a little cliché, I scattered some balloons that I had left from Camden's balloon wreath last year.
Probably my favorite thing is the frame that I created using a 12 x 12 white frame, a piece of scrapbook paper, and the metal word "love" that was hanging in my old kitchen. Live and Laugh might make their way into my St. Patrick's Day or Easter mantle.
I am also happy that I was able to unearth the "10 things I Love about Us" gift that I had made for Ryan before we were married. It was funny to look at the things that I had written on each page of the little books and to see the ones that had yet to been written.
So maybe I lied about my favorite thing on the mantle. This little creation was given to my on my first Mother's Day three years ago. It will always have a special place in my heart, not only because of the photo, but because my husband glued each letter on all by himself.
Here is the final product...well at least until I hit Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabric. :)