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Show Me a Mantel Many Merry Ways.......

by showmedecorating |

A mantel and fireplace are a great focal point to a family, living or game room. Garlands have long been the go to decorating choice for many decorators. Most green christmas garlands come in 9' lengths and are a wonderful base to build on, prelit or unlit. Faux garland is great because it will not dry out and lose its needles, however before your family events or parties, tuck in some fresh greens for smell and freshness. Adding novelty garlands (usually 6'), florals, balls, and ribbon can add that special touch to your holiday decorating.

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When choosing a base garland look for Quality, (this garland can be used over and over), a strong base wire, bristle feel to greenery(a little stiffness signifies a heavier ply of vinyl and will have resilience to fluff out year to year) and strong wire in greenery tips.  You get what you pay for!

[caption id="attachment_1864" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Quality garland ready to decorate"][/caption]

Probably the most asked question is how to hang or secure. Here are a few tips and tricks! There is no magic! It takes screws, hooks or nails. (Always check to see how your fireplace heats as to not damage or cause a fire hazard to your decorations!)

Wooden mantel: screw in tea-cup hooks at the back to attach wire to secure garlands, use a small nail with a head on it and hammer in molding to hold. If the mantel is painted paint screws or nails to match and leave in (no one will see!)

Rock, Stone or Marble (even thick wooden): use a c-clamp place garland and secure with clamp allowing greenery to work around to cover. you could even spray paint the color of your garland or mantel to camouflage!

[caption id="attachment_1873" align="alignleft" width="113" caption="c-clamps"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1862" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="The C-clamp holds garland secure"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1868" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Beautiful mantel from Show Me Team in San Antonio!"][/caption]

Now we hope to inspire you with our Show Me Decorating Mantels.....

[caption id="attachment_1822" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Rich and elegant"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1824" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Fun Red, Green and lime green, oversized ornaments"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1825" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Turquoise, animal print and peacocks!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1826" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Beautiful ornaments adorn the garland"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1827" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Rich colors pop against the Austin stone"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1828" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Something for a sweet tooth!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1829" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="and the stockings were hung..."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1830" align="aligncenter" width="200" caption="Pops of black and white, with red add a cheery note!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1831" align="aligncenter" width="199" caption="Understated, mission style mantel is complimented with colorful stockings, greenery, beautiful wreath and collection of nutcracker"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1832" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Contemporary mantel allows garland to be worked in with existing decor and accented with Santa's and simple holiday decorations"][/caption]

No matter your style, taste or budget the mantel is a fun place to show off your holiday decorating talents......

Stockings can be hung with decorative stocking holders (heavy weighted ones are best), the garland itself, tea-cup hooks,@commandbrand, and how Santa chooses to fill will depend on whether you have you been Naughty or Nice!

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Happy Decorating Y'all,

Becky and Kathy

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