What do you do with only a few hours left before guest show up for thanksgiving dinner? A little last minute tiding up, picking a playlist, and lighting candles? I’m stringing DIY orange slices to be set on our Christmas Mantel. A few months ago, I installed wallpaper in these little squares to the left and right of the fireplace. I wanted to tie them together and this is how it turned out.
My Christmas Mantel
Along with the orange garland, I have a base layer of real cedar garland, glass and bottle trees, ribbon, a Christmas sign, and thick knit stockings. You can find more Cozy White Knits (here).
I love the texture of this mantel. From the cedar garland, to the trees, and of course the DIY Orange Garland. It really brings to life this white space between the wallpapers, it also anchors the space and bring your eye to the beautiful sign by OhSweetSkye. I’m obsessed with their signs and I love how this one fits over our mantel with that perfect green color to tie in the wallpaper to the space for the holidays. You can check out their signs & get one for yourself [HERE].
Don’t Loose your Focal Point
With nearly any mantel in a space, it is already the focal point of the room. If you are going to add decor to the sides of the mantel like we did visually with the wallpaper, ensure you build on the natural focus of the mantel, area above, and space infant of the fireplace. This will ensure it isn’t getting lost with decor or design to the left and right.
A very-very easy DIY
The DIY Orange Garland on this Christmas Mantel is super easy can be used anywhere. It can be draped around a tree, set on a mantel, stair rails, Bedroom headboard, or even a table runner. It is practically a set it and forget it type of DIY, just don’t literally forget it… haha.
DIY Orange Garland
- Cut the oranges about a quarter of an inch thick
- tap paper towel until dry to the touch
- place orange slices directly on cookie sheet or parchment paper
- Cook at 250 degrees for 2 1/12 hours
- Let cool and string with fishline
Around the orange garland I draped some of my favorite ribbon that I blogged about last week [HERE]. Both the garlands are such easy and affordable ways to amp up the festive look in any of your holiday spaces.
I hope you guys in enjoy and take on this fun and easy DIY. The best part of this DIY is that there are usually some left over oranges to eat, and your house smells so good during the baking time. I hope this inspires you to DIY and bring something new into your decor, and if you are interested in the sign by Oh Sweet Skye, check out their shop (here). I hope you continue to come back to the blog each and everyday as we continue to share more Holiday and Winter design inspiration. XxLiz Marie
It’s absolutely gorgeous babes!! Love it so much! Hope I have time this year to make one! 🙂 xoxox
jennifer bacon says
Stunning! Love the mantle so much! The oranges add the perfect touch ❤️
Jessica Samsing says
LOVE your tips on mantel design and this gorgeous orange garland. I live in an old home that has mantels in almost every single room. It’s a fun little challenge to find the right balance for each one!
Tina Stott says
I LOVE this mantle decor and the oranges give it a little pop next to the greenery. I’m definitely going to make this garland! Thanks for always inspiring me❤️
Mary Jo Eldridge says
Love the William Morris style wallpaper. A favorite of mine for years.
Jen @ JENRON DESIGNS says
Love the orange slices so much they just say the holidays
Susan Jeffries says
You have created simple perfection! I love it. Best regards Susan ❤
Hi I tried making the garland & I was a little sad so many burned .. maybe slow & low .. like 175 degrees or 200 degrees .. for a few hours .. let them rest & do it again until the gumminess goes away .. I still like how it turned out though