Christmas time- beautiful, lovely, joy-filled, and crisp. It’s here again and my heart is full. The problem is, my wallet is not. Our family has had a very difficult year and we just moved last month, meaning our Christmas is going to be simple. This includes decorations, which really put a damper on my spirits because I absolutely love decorating and the art of making my house a home. I decided, however, to keep my chin up and make the best of things. Our oldest out of our three children is nearly four years old, and just starting to understand the magical fascination that is Christmas time. The last thing I want is for this year to be dull.
I headed to my local dollar store and was pleasantly surprised at the decor they offered this year. I found stockings that I could actually learn to like, lights, fake leaves and holly, and an abundance of other adorable accents like tiny nutcrackers. I also opened my trusty Pinterest app and searched for a couple of cheap ideas to bring the season into my home. I found a very simple, fool-proof craft that takes just a few dollars and stretches it to create a big pop of Christmas on your walls. Today I am going to show you how I did it, and share my Christmas mantle with you. I hope it inspires you small-budget friends to keep the spirit of Christmas alive and well, despite a lack of funds. Merry Christmas!
A Super Cheap Christmas Mantle:
First things first. These are the supplies I used to cover the canvases I already had: a hot glue gun and glue sticks, scissors, and two yards of fabric (one in each print).
I used canvases that I already had covered in fabric from a previous craft. I want to use them with this floral fabric after the holidays, so I was careful to glue the Christmas fabric in a way that would not damage this one. You can buy plain canvases at Big Lots, Hobby Lobby, or any craft store. I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
I laid my canvas face-down on the new fabric and cut around it, leaving enough room on each edge to fold over and glue behind the green fabric.
Ready to start with the glue!
I folded the fabric over…
…applied just a dot of glue…
…and kept going around all four sides.
Here is the back of one completed canvas.
One done! You can see the floral fabric behind it, so I should have done another layer. Oh well…
Here’s one of the completed canvases in the other print.
My complete, cheap, Christmas mantle!
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