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My inner  “glam” is out of the closet 😯 .  Literally.  I started off with inexpensive thick gold garland from last year on the mantel, and one thing led to another, and I was turning into Joan Crawford about to light a long cigarette in my high heel boots.  Okay, you know I don’t work in high heel boots, and I definitely don’t smoke.  However, I couldn’t resist adding my husband’s grandmother’s vintage glass ashtray, and my mom’s Waterford glass cigarette lighter to this stunning “Glamorous Christmas Mantel” that has completely brought out my inner glam diva.  I had a lot of fun with this glamorous design, and I hope you become a diva too enjoy the Christmas eye candy.

 

 

***(Don’t miss more thrifty decorating tips from the “Thrifty Style Team” at the very bottom of this post!)

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

My husband kisses me goodbye in the morning and seriously has no idea what he’ll come home to at night.  When he came home last night this was all still set up in our living room from my photo-shoot, and his exact words were, “Was your boyfriend here?” 😛 . Of course he was joking, and he knew it was just the redhead playing around with decorations and such.

What started out as a glam mantel turned into a scene from a romantic movie…I just couldn’t stop myself from having a little fun.  After all, I get really bored with the same darn Christmas decorations over and over, don’t you?  My advice is to mix it up.  Have some fun.

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

Now, you might be thinking this “Christmas Glam Mantel” cost a fancy fortune?  I can assure you it did not, and I’m going to walk you through it step-by-step just in case you want to try it.  I had all of the supplies in my stash, but if you don’t the majority of the main mantel is from the dollar store 😯 .

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

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STEP-BY-STEP —>ASSEMBLING THE CHRISTMAS GLAM MANTLE

  • Use thick gold garland (I found mine at “5 Below”) and lay a piece across the mantel making sure you have extra so you can move the garland around the candles later.  If you don’t have thick garland, use 2 pieces and double up.
  • Lay white wired white Christmas lights over the garland and use an extension cord if you need to reach the plug.  Play with the garland and lights a little and create holes where you can place the candles, etc.
  • Use dollar store white candles (or order here) for a “base” and place them evenly across the mantel.  You can see I used 5.

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

  • Next, use dollar store vases (like these you can order) upside down to put dollar store pillar candles on top.  Essentially, this is done just to give them a nice lift, and some depth to the line-up.  I added 1 of those close to, and at the end of, each side.  You can see them in the photo clearly.

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

 

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

  • Next, search your home for all of your pillar style candle holders that are either gold, silver, clear glass, or white.  Scatter those randomly in between the previous candles.  Maneuver the garland and lights so they are nestled around the candles and so the candles are not on top of the garland or lights.  All of the candles need to be laying flat on the mantel.  Never leave lit candles unattended.  Garland is extremely flammable.
  • FYI-I found the thin silver candle holders at the thrift store a couple years ago, and I know the dollar store has millions of candle holders & tapered candles.
  • The silver round side table I ordered a few years ago here.
  • The window pane mirror is from HomeGoods, but I found a cheaper one here.

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

  • After your candles and garland/lights look good to you, start adding any gold or even white ornament you have.  They have big gold bulbs like I used on the ends at the dollar store.  I also used some very special angel figurines my brother cherished before he passed.  They are tough to see in these photos, but they are there.  I also added a gold star ornament and drape the gold beads unevenly or however you prefer.
  • My favorite  gold stocking holders can be found here.  I use these on my staircase, too.
  • Similar white furry stocking can be found here.

If you missed how I painted our brick white you can view that here: HOW TO PAINT BRICK WHITE.

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

After I finished the mantel I decided to take everything a step further and add things from around the house that went with the glamorous Christmas theme.  Think…gold, white, fluffy, sexy 😯 .  Yes, even sexy is okay for Christmas decor in my personal opinion.  I mean, a pair of foxy acrylic ghost chairs never hurt anyone.  I think they are complete show stoppers that, well…stop the show.  By the way, this arm chair version is extremely comfortable.

FIND GHOST CHAIRS LIKE THESE HERE

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

Next, I added Forest the Detroit rescue cat, the scarf from the thrift store, and the pillow from Pier One years ago.

Now I needed a table, so I went into our bedroom and noticed the stool and felt like I just won the lottery (here’s a similar one).  It was perfect for the dollar store gold spray painted tray I made a few years ago.

The wine glasses are filled with chateau de ginger ale (our youngest was home sick in the next room, so that came in handy).

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

Before I get to the big gold wreath tutorial, I want you to know where to find the pretty gold fire screen.  I wrote all about that purchase here: GOLD FIRE SCREEN.

 

 

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

You won’t believe this, but that big gorgeous gold wreath is just an old whiskey barrel hoop with gold garland and Christmas lights wrapped around it.  I used twisty ties to secure everything and it really turned out nice.  I know you probably do not have a whiskey barrel hoop, so I was thinking maybe a hula hoop might work.  Hmmm…

Wrap garland around a hula hoop or whiskey barrel hoop to make this stunning gold Christmas wreath!

Well, I think I covered everything, but if I didn’t please just leave me a message below and I will be happy to help you.  I hope our “Glamorous Christmas Mantel” made you feel like a million bucks.  Merry Christmas to all~

Stay tuned…I have one more Christmas decorating idea coming up next week!  It involves our kitchen.

 

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

 

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

Wait!  If you have time there’s more thrifty decorating from the Thrifty Style Team below…


 

 

This mom blogger used dollar store candles for this Glamorous Christmas Mantel! She gives a full tutorial on how!

“Fireside Christmas Mantel

Christmas Mantel

 

 

 

 

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29 Responses

  1. Marty says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Your fireplace looks amazing and so glamorous.

  2. ColleenB.~ Tx. says:

    Absolutely Stunning. Now this should be on cover of magazine. Love the gold and white and what a romantic setting it makes. (kids going to bed early now are they? ) :+)

  3. Eddie Malley says:

    Looks like a great place to entertain! I’m sure my 80 year old companion would feel very
    Special. Also, a charming place to entertain granddaughters while playing “dress-up”.
    I love your playful ideas.

    • Julie says:

      Hi Eddie!! It’s so nice to hear from a man! I think you better set this up asap for him!! He would definitely love it!! Then keep it up for the grands. So fun!!

  4. Pat says:

    I rarely comment although I enjoy everything that you post. I have to say that this is one of the most beautiful decor ideas ever! I love all the bling, glam and sparkle! I’m a certified candleholic so of course I love the way you displayed all the candles & thanks for the details. You mentioned Joan Crawford ~ 😉 I’m kinda thinking Norma Desmond! Bottom line, this is fabulous!

    Pat

  5. Mari says:

    This is absolutely stunning!!! I already decorated my fireplace but saving this for next year.

  6. ANNI says:

    This is absolutely amazing, I love you mantel and the whole room. I am going to steal a few ideas! Thanks for the tips. ????

  7. Jan T. says:

    This mantel decor is just FABULOUS – maybe one of my favorite posts ever of yours!
    Merry Christmas – and thanks for the fantastic inspiration.

    • Julie says:

      Wow!! Thank you, Jan!! I really enjoyed this one. It definitely shows you are tught. I think you guys have me figured out!! Merry Christmas!!

  8. Devra says:

    WOW, that is glamorous!!!! Even Forest the Detroit rescue cat looks GLAM. Thanks for starting my day with a big smile. ????

  9. So pretty and elegant. Nice job

  10. Pat M. says:

    This is so amazing. If you can’t get all glam-y at Christmas time, when can you. You know things are going to look pretty bare when you take that down . Good job.

  11. Kaycee says:

    Wwweeelll Julie, I am seeing a very glamorous and dare I say steamy, Christmas scene here indeed! Hmmmm,,,I wonder if those gorgeous long stem red roses were delivered before or after these photos were taken??? Inquiring minds, want to know, wink-wink nod-nod!
    But seriously girl, I love it! Your mantle and wreath are so sparkly and wonderful.

  12. meegan says:

    Oh Julie! Absolutely stunning and creative. Thank you for all the tips and tricks for designing a sexy Christmas atmosphere. I love a beautiful ambiance at Christmastime, too. I LOVE seeling you getting a nap 🙂
    Merry Christmas my beautiful friend!

  13. Diane says:

    What a fun and glam project! I could see this easily transition into an at home New Year Celebration!

  14. Absolutely gorgeous! So wonderful and glitzy! Looks like your kitty is enjoying it too!

  15. Kristi says:

    So beautiful, Julie and totally glamorous! I love how you explained how you created this look and broke it down into doable steps.

  16. Jane says:

    OMG! This is the most glamorous mantel I’ve ever seen! And I’ll never look at a barrel hoop the same way again! That gorgeous mirror reflects all that beautiful candlelight. I would nap by the fireplace, too!

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