This year I decided to change our fireplace mantel for Christmas. I knew I wanted it to be woodsy, with greens, browns and reds, and that I wanted it to feel welcoming.
So, I started with a small, red star and decided to make it the focal point in a giant frame.
But, with 10-ft ceilings I needed a big frame. What to do?
Amazingly, I found an ugly, ugly painting with a damaged frame in the clearance bin at Bed, Bath & Beyond (really, with a coupon it was practically free). Using wood filler and black paint, I fixed the corners of the frame and covered the ugly, ugly painting with burlap.
My Dad (a very talented carpenter) cut out a larger, wooden star out of plywood, which I painted brown.
I centered the stars (embellished with greenery and a burlap ribbon) within the frame, placed my topiaries from last year on each side, hung up our stockings...there...done.
Now, on to baking, shopping, wrapping...