Decorating & Design

November 24, 2015

Easy DIY: Holiday Mantel Decor

Paper lanterns make a glowy mantelscape. Here’s how to make your own:

1. Choose a font, print out letters to scale and trace onto white paper bags. Cut out with a very sharp craft knife.

2. Trim sheets of vellum (at craft stores) to fit inside the paper bags. Glue the vellum inside the bags in back of the cutout letters.

3. Set bags on the mantel and place a battery-powered votive candle inside each one. Fill the rest of the mantel surface with gilt frames, fresh seeded eucalyptus branches and a few metallic ornaments.

For more fireplace mantel decorating ideas, click here!


Luis Albuquerque


Centre and right frames, 507 Antiques; all other frames, Penney & Co.; bags, Creative Bag; ornaments, Loblaws.


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