Joy to the World Holiday Mantel

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Joy to the World Holiday Mantel 

I am so excited to finally share my holiday mantel with you guys.  I have to admit, this is probably my most favorite project to date!  I had my friend Shannon come over and snap some pictures and I love how it all turned out! It is so fresh and so bright and cheery!

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 The song “Joy to the World” has always been special to me, I just love the air of celebration it brings to the holiday season.  When I set out to create this mantel, I knew I wanted to include it somehow.  I first thought of the lighted marquee letters for joy.  Seriously, these letters are a blast, they are insanely large and bright and they are exactly what I had envisioned. You can find the complete tutorial of how to make the lighted marquee letters in our letters in light post.

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 I used paper mache letters from JoAnn and umbrella lights from World Market to make them.  I will be back in a few days to show the complete tutorial.  It is so much easier than you would think!  They really worked out well hung on my stained pallet back drop, too.

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The “to the world” moss wreath was made from basic crafting supplies.  I will also show you how to get the bendable banner a little later.   My holiday decor is centered around a coastal them, hence the starfish.  They practically jump off the cypress branches.  I love how it all ties in!

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The stockings are something that have been on my to-do list for three, yes three years.  I can’t tell you how good it feels to finally have them hung.  I was going to do ruffled, but when I saw this trim at Hobby Lobby, I just had to have it!

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The girls and I decided that the rosettes may be a little too girlie for daddy, so I made him a simple cuff with dress shirt buttons.

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Did I mention that I love how it turned out?  I hope I don’t sound like I am bragging, it is just making me so stinkin’ happy to look at!!  Thanks for letting me to indulge a little.  We have some great projects and tutorials coming your way over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!



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Trish Flake

Author/Co-Owner at Uncommon Designs
Hey y'all! I am Trish and one half of the creative team at Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. AMAZING. Just love it! Can’t wait to see the tutorials!! xo, Kimberly

  2. Holy moley this is fan-freaking tastic! I can just imagine how serene it must be, sitting in the dark with the mantel aglow.
    I will be waiting this tutorial. ♥

  3. Wow. I love the simplicity of your new mantel. It is beautiful. I can’t wait to see the how to. Thanks for sharing.Adrienne

  4. Absolutely stunning! I adore the marquee lit sign and the wreath accent! It’s perfect!

  5. Absoultely fantastic!!!! Sharing everywhere!

  6. That’s so so gorgeous and perfect!!!!!! Love it!

  7. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! Love everything about this mantel!! Great job!

  8. How beautiful!!!!! I love your mantel, that JOY sign is just lovely!

  9. Super super cute!!!

  10. TRISH! That is AMAZING!!! I LOVE it!!! I can’t wait for the tutorial on this one!!! Hope you guys are well!

  11. WOW!
    If something ever identified itself with your Blog’s Name that’s this Mantel.
    Uncommon and Unique. Daring like all your creations.
    Happy Holidays!!!

  12. Wow ! this looks fabulous !

  13. Trish,
    Oh my!!! I LOVE your mantel…the JOY letters are out of this world!!! I would really like to feature it next week, but I need for you to list my party name or blog name with a link back to me on the post.


  14. wow trish how amazing i love it xx

  15. I absolutely LOVE it! It’s coastal chic without being contrived and that’s not easy to do! I love the fact that you used natural elements, the brown and the green really make the white starfish pop! Well done! xo, Kimberly

  16. This is so pretty and elegant. Pinned it.

  17. Too cute for words! I can’t wait for the tutorial! Have a great week!

  18. This is very very cool. And yes, I’d be jumping up and down with excitement too! Pinning now :)

  19. I’m head over heels in love with this project!!! You rock, Trish! <3 Heidi Rew from PartiesforPennies

  20. This is absolutely stunning! One of my favorites from you…EVER!! Love this!

  21. JAW on the FLOOR. I am in LOVE! Brilliant, brilliant, BRILLIANT!

  22. Oh my goodness! This is absolutely GORGEOUS Trish!! I really am speechless right now :) I can’t wait for your tutorial on that bendable burlap banner… how darling!

  23. This is simply breathtaking! I can’t wait for the tutorials! :)

  24. Absolutely gorgeous!! I’m in love! I actually have those same paper mache letters spelling JOY for MY mantel. Ha! Mine are glittery though. So fun!

  25. Wow, Trish, I LOVE it! I love how the JOY is lighted up. Awesome! Thanks for sharing, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing exactly how you did it :)

  26. That is absolutely stunning, Trish! You are so creative and have made such an amazing statement piece for your space. Megan

  27. Holy SMOKES, Trish! This is amazing! I may have to sneak into your house and steal this from you.

  28. I love this!!! Great idea!!

  29. katie goldsworthy says:

    I LOVE it!!!

    It’s one of my favorite!

  30. This is just AWESOME!! Love the pallet art and those lights are so cool! Pinned!
    Jenn xo

  31. Perfection. I adore every single detail! Seriously!!!!! DROOLING! :)

  32. So glam and rustic at the same time!!

  33. This is absolutely stunning! The pallet sign, the neutral tones, the greenery. Perfection! Pinning :)

  34. You deserve tp brag a bit! I LOVE how that turned out! If i had a pallet I just might be copying you!!

  35. This is gorgeous and looks so professional! Wow!

  36. Just WOW! I love the simplicity of it and how it makes a big bold statement without being fussy. Great job!

  37. Oh my goodness…I love this!!!

  38. Lisa Lillie says:

    Love, love, love it!! Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  39. It’s sooo lovely! Just gorgeous! Totally pinning this!

  40. where do you have the tutorial for the christmas mantel ?

  41. Beautiful!

  42. So pretty and unique! I love the wood backing for contrast too.

  43. That looks amazing, I can’t wait to see how you did the lights!

  44. I am so in love with this! So so creative! I love your burlap stockings too, I made some similar, burlap is the best :)

  45. Okay, I think I squeeled a little in excitement when I saw this! I love the lights and your mantel is beautiful. Love how you incorporated the wreath too! Amazing and brilliant… can’t wait to see how you did it!

  46. Trish–I love your mantel. Once again–you make me envious that I don’t have a mantel to decorate. Yours seriously is spectacular!

  47. Simply gorgeous!! I can’t wait to see the tutorials for the projects. I need those marquee letters!!

  48. Your mantel is stunning! I love it. You did such a great job on it.
    Mary Alice

  49. Oh Trish! It’s AWESOME!!! Well done!! I know what you mean about stockings, mine are still on my to-do list…… ah, well. That’s what the list is for I guess! :-)

  50. I just love this awesome idea. Very cute. Joy to the World is one of my favorite Christmas songs. I would love to have you link up at our Pin It party.

  51. Oh man…I love the whole thing! The lighted letters are really cool…but I LOVE the stockings! And the “to the world” wreath! I think I’m being redundant. :) It’s fabulous!

  52. Amazing!!!! I can’t wait to get the tutorial!!! Hurry!!! :)

  53. I love, love, LOVE it!!!

  54. This looks fantastic! I love it! Stopping by via Organize and Decorate Everything.

  55. Eeek. I can’t stand it. I love it, love it, love it. Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  56. Diana Allen says:

    Love, love, love the JOY letters and can’t wait to see the tutorial!!!

  57. Wowza!!!! This is gorgeous!
    Can’t wait for the tutorial!

  58. Your mantel looks stunning! I love the JOY with the lights.

  59. I just love that joy sign. What a creative idea. Great job.

  60. WOW! This is the most beautiful mantle I’ve ever seen. Wonderful job!

  61. Trish, this is AMAZING! I love the whole display. Now that you’re all set up maybe you can come help me decorate? :)

  62. Me again! Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative Spark. I will be featuring this tomorrow. Just an AMAZING mantel!! Happy December!
    Jenn xo

  63. Omgosh, I love words and to see them all lit up like this is a big PLUS!!! Very nice!! I am pinning this idea, I must do this somewhere!!
    very clever lady,

  64. WOW! I love your mantel! Great job on the JOY, too! Looking forward to seeing how you put it all together!

    Happy Holidays!!

  65. I seriously LOVE this idea! It makes me want to get to work decorating my mantel!

  66. Love it! So simple and elegant! Needing to make some burlap stockings for my daughter and son-in-law from the burlap from their natural fall wedding. Do you have a pattern for the stocking? Love the style, shape and length!

  67. I chose your Marquee sign as my favorite decoration of the WEEK!!! I put it on my side bar with a link to your blog!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  68. This is GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to read the tutorial!

  69. This is insane! It is so darling and I love absolutely every bit of it! Looking forward to the tut :)

  70. Oh wow … I absolutely LOVE everything about it! The letters are so awesome. I want to move in.

  71. There is absolutely nothing I don’t like about this – love the whole theme, love the lights, love, love, love the burlap stockings. Love it all so much I’m featuring you on the All Star Block Party. Head on over and grab your button!!

  72. Featuring your beautiful mantle on this weeks All Star Block Party!!

  73. Oh how I love!!! This is amazing!!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!!

  74. Love your mantel and how creative you were with the joy wall art and the lights! I wish we had a world market near me. I’m featuring this tonight at my link party! Thanks for sharing.

  75. Meghan Grace says:

    Cutest mantel ever! I am a new reader! Hugs, Meghan

  76. Wow! Great mantel! That is such a great idea.

  77. So so pretty! I absolutely love it!

  78. Your mantel is stunning! I love the lights and the placement of the message–beautiful job!

  79. Holy cow, that is one incredible mantle!!! I love your sign, it is so unique, just perfect. And the wreath is beautiful…actually it is all beautiful!
    I saw you sharing at The Space Between’s A Crafty Christmas.
    Debbie :)

  80. love it! the marquis look letters are AWESOME!

  81. The is so great!!!! Did you post the how to for the light’s? I miss everything. Can’t wait to do this.

  82. You know I am in love with this. I am so thrilled you came and linked up!!

  83. So awesome!

  84. LOVE THIS! What brand/color is the paint on the wall? I love the entire look!

  85. Please share the method of closing up the letters after inserting the lights. Ready to begin but wonder about this step….
    Thank you!

  86. Can you share the paint color used in this room featuring your awesome JOY mantel?

  87. Love this! Adding the ‘to the world’ on the wreath was such a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Pieced Pastimes


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