We also have a floating shelf in the livingroom. The thing's gotta be at least 6 feet long, so that gave me double the decorating space!
I used more of the branches that we collected from my father-in-law's property. Sorry about the pictures, they were all taken at night.
First the shelf. I layered cedar branches, just randomly, filling in with smaller pieces as needed. I ran a garland of pinecones and berries from Micheal's (50% off!) along the length of the shelf. The garland was intended to drape across the front of the fireplace but it looked so much better here. I then added in some candles from the dollar store, old candlesticks from Goodwill, and flameless candles.
Sidenote: Costco has packages of 24 different-sized candles/tealights with 24 spare batteries for $15. Tom says it's worth it for the batteries alone as he uses them all the time at his work and they're expensive. Should I start a black market battery store on the side?
The display needed some height so I added my apothocary jars filled with bows (don't they look a bit like poinsettia leaves?) I added more pinecones - can't ever have too many pinecones - some red ribbon and bits of birch bark. Oh, there are also some spheres that I bought from the dollar store years ago. Don't know what they're for but I think they fit right in.
The fireplace mantel was a little harder to decorate because it isn't very deep. I started with a candle holder we bought last year and added pine branches around it. I had to use little spots of hot glue to keep them in place because they kept falling forward. But the glue comes right off so no big deal.
I tried out just about every candlestick I own. And I own a lot. I have two faux lanterns that I received as a shower gift but that I've never really liked. I spraypainted the silver bases with oil rubbed bronze to coordinate with the dark wood of the candleholder. I then partially filled them with burgundy gravel and pearl beads, and added more flameless candles.
Wove in some red ribbon and silver beads.
Added more pinecones. (Of course.)
I also a couple of table "vignettes".
There is a set of birch bark trees I loooooove.
And a pretty little vase filled with cedar twigs and pinecones.
I love that ribbon. It's new this year.
I think I might be ready for Christmas!
Linking to these fun parties this week!