Sunday, January 2, 2011

"M" is for Mantel

Winter is officially here as evidenced by the calendar and the blizzard we had about a week ago.

Christmas is put away and the mantel needed a winter look.

My challenge is decorating around the tv without it being a distraction.

I started by making a burlap cover to warm up the white.  The idea came from Rene at Cottage and Vine who makes these great table runners from burlap.

I measured the length and depth, cut one rectangular piece with 1/2" seam allowance.
Then I cut 4" strips, one for the length, two for the depth on the sides.

I attached the 4" strips and mitered the corners for a tailored looking fit:

Finally I unraveled the horizontal threads about almost 2" up from the bottom edge and started making knots with the vertical threads, every 6 strands:

Here it is all dressed up:

I made the wooden bin below and a couple others in a post here.

And a quick seasonal round up:


Making it cozy for the next few months.

I'm linking up to:

WhisperWood Cottage

Cottage and Vine Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special Visit


Sarah Littlefield said...

love it! so creative. I am loving all your pics :-)

Rita May said...

I've been looking thru your blog. Lots of great projects!
I'm your newest follower.

vintage vine said...

I have the same problem..T.V. on the mantel. You did such a great job on the burlap runner. Tieing the fray was a perfect touch!

Marge of Emmas Nook and Granny said...

Love you use of burlap. Great looking mantel decor!

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Love this!! So elegant!! Thanks for linking.

Stephenie from Decorating Addiction said...

I like the burlap! I use it as a table runner on my dining room table too. It adds a nice texture. Found you through Whisperwood Cottage's First Project of the Year party! I live in NY too (upstate).

Ruth said...

I love the winter look of your mantel. The burlap cover is perfect.


Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

The knots in the burlap are genius! Did it take a really long time?

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

love that burlap! awesome idea :) your mantel looks amazing!

Robin said...

I love it. The burlap does an amazing job of softening the look.

Rene said...

Thanks for linking this Jaime. I think everyone is wanting a tv over the mantle now.


Sweet Little Smoothie said...

Oooh I love that burlap runner! I have the exact.same.fireplace. how funny!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

love how you knotted the threads to give it a more finished professional look~even for burlap!

maggie@midwesternsewinggirl said...

WOW! This is soo pretty...and I love how it can be used for every season...


What a clever idea! I don't have a mantle, but if I did, I would certainly copy this.

Jenn said...

Hey Jaime,
This is Jenn with Canvas Corp and we chose your gorgeous burlap mantle cover from the CSI Project challenge. I just wanted to let you know that we posted your project on our blog: and facebook page and linked back to you. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!
{I will also feature you on my personal blog: redberrybarn.blogspot}