Saturday, January 7, 2017

January Mantel Decor

Last Monday, we took down our Christmas decorations. I took down the tree and mantel decor and my two youngest sons took down the Christmas village. I gotta say, it felt rather dark and lonely after enjoying those lights for a few weeks. I decided not all light had to stay down. 

So, I set about designing and creating a January Mantel Decor that included lights. First, I scanned through Pinterest, then I scanned through my Cricut Design Space software. Here's what I came up with:

I chose a row of houses from the Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut cartridges and sized it to 11.5 x 5", then duplicated it and cut them out from white, dotted paper. The shiny dots added just the right texture.

I chose a snowflake overlay from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge and sized 2 of them to fit my clear vases, cut them out of plain white card stock then put them inside the vases. 

I then chose a variety of trees from different Cricut cartridges (Close To My Heart Artbooking and Flower Market) and sized them each about 2.5 x 5", then duplicated them and welded them together before cutting out of white, dotted card stock.

I had a few snowflakes left over from Christmas projects, also cut on my Cricut Explore Air, so I strung them onto kitchen twine and hung them loosely from the mantel. (The snowflakes came from Close To My Heart Artistry and Art Philosophy cartridges.)

I put a set of white Christmas lights behind the display and it brightened up my living room immediately!

I love the detail of the dots.

Happy New Year!
Thanks for looking!
Happy Crafting!