Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Mantel 2012 with a New “Woodsy” Creation!

I went for a “woodsy” theme this year.


See my little Hoot Owl hiding out?

I bought him while I was in Maine/LLBean.

Made the wreath out of hand painted pinecones.

And following with the whole pine cone thingy…

I came up with a couple of “woodsy” creations


and this is what I made…

Wood Sliced Tree  Wood Sliced Pine Cone Tree

I call it my Sliced Wood Pine Cone Tree.

(You can see the downed trees in the background.)

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Painted some pinecones and glued them to each layer of wood.

I topped it off with a sweater bird that once again… I got in Maine/LLBean!

Also, made another kind of tree…

Sliced Wood Tree

I call this one my Sliced Wood Ornament Tree.

Very pleased with how both styles turned out!

Now onto the whole mantel…

Christmas Mantel

Used the ol’ barn again…from this fall and last year’s

 Christmas Barn Mantel.

Use what cha got…right?

(I still love my barn)

Just added my trees, painted pinecones, some garland, a few ornaments and lights… and there ya have it!


here’s the rest of my Christmas 2012 Mantel…

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Here it is with our tree…



Hope you enjoyed the Christmas Mantel!

I’m off to clean the house and

make some Balsam Fir Pillows for the Home…

Post coming soon!

until then…


The Lettered Cottage


((Wood Sliced Pinecone Tree))

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  1. Beautiful! I love the trees!!!

  2. I love your wood trees! They're so creative!! I might have to try something like that out!! Beautiful!

  3. ok...I am now a FAN! You had me at "Barn"...and then "Pinecones"....and then "owl"...and then "cut wood"....ok, I'll stop...thanks for the inspiration! LOVE your style! ~Kim

    1. Thank you Kim... I stopped by your blog the other day but not sure if my comment went through... anyway... thank you for your sweet comment... made me laugh! :)

  4. Love, love your barn! So cute and creative. You put together such wonderful details.

  5. I love love love this! The best I've seen so far!

  6. I absolutely love this! Especially the wood slices trees! So clever and fun!

  7. Crazy-creative! Definitely one of my favorites of the TLC party. What a great job.

  8. Wow! Wow! Wow! I've been looking at ever mantle posted on this link-up and yours is my favorite. Wow. LOVE that barn! I want one! Gorgeous.

    1. Thank you so much!! The barn was pretty easy to make... I have thoroughly enjoyed using it on my mantel! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment!

  9. Hey Kendra!

    Meant to tell you the other day how much I LOVE this mantel design!! You did an amazing job - I hope you have plans to submit your wood tree designs to a magazine for publication - they are amazing!!! Love it all!! Your entry way is wonderful too - so you!

    Hugs & Blessings,

  10. So pretty!
    Would love if you stopped by the Holiday Linky Party - mantels - to link it up! The party is happening NOW!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  11. You are by far one of the most creative women I read and I'm not just saying that cuz I LIKE you or because I think if we were neighbors there'd be no separating us from spending all of our extra time together laughing and making stuff and laughing some more!!!

    Your mantle is WONDERFUL and the tree trunk trees are OVER-THE-TOP! Do I hear Country Living calling you? Or was that FOLK Magazine? Or BHG? Ooh they're all banging on your door!


    1. OK (BFF)lol... you are so sweet... Thank you... what a great way to start my day! BIG HUGS!! XOXOXOXO!!

  12. What an AMAZING mantel! Love all the wood details. The wreath and the pinecone tree are my fav.

  13. Hello - I know this post is from last year but I hope you see my comment anyway! My hubby is going to make me a similar design for our wall and I wondered if you recalled the paint color. (Reds ca be so tricky - too pink, too orange, too purple). Were you happy with this shade of red? It looks great in the photos. Thanks for any info.

    1. Hi Barbara! Yes... I LOVE the shade of red on the barn... and it comes from a mixture. I don't remember the exact combo... I usually use what I have on hand. But... I most likely used 'Heritage Brick' from Americana Acrylic paint... to lighten it you can add a little bit of 'Burnt Orange' from Americana (or any of the acrylic paints) and to darken you can add black. I can't remember which brand... but I believe I added some 'Christmas Red' Acrylic paint as well as 'Grumbacher Red' from Academy Acrylic. I would go and get some of the cheap little bottles from the craft store and play around with a good mixture unless you find one outright that you are happy with. The lighting in your house will make a difference in how red it looks... that's why I have to play around with colors sometimes! Shading with the paint will also help make it more dimensional. Hope this helps and hope you enjoy your barn!!

    2. Hi..... I love your trees...dumb question, where do you get your trees?

  14. Love your barn. Did you make it and if so, using what wood etc. would you share the directions? The barn could be used Year round and decorated according to season. My wife is into Amish/rustic themes and this would look great on our mantle.

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