40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

by Capree K

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

created at: 12/12/2012

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How To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel from Scratch!

by Faith Provencher
How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

I recently tackled a big project for my dining room - a DIY wooden mantel - and today, I'm pretty excited to share the process with you. If you have a fireplace without much character like mine used to be, this project might be the perfect solution for you. And let me be clear ... I only have basic woodworking know-how, so this is feasible for anybody with a bit of crafty know-how and a willingness to try. Click through to check out the new mantel and to find out how to make one yourself.   

 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

The mantel gives the fireplace more presence in the room, creating a beautiful focal point on which to add seasonal decorations. The dark accent wall has such a unique vibe that the tiny fireplace felt lost against it. Not anymore! 

 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for this project:

 

  • Lumber (see below)
  • White latex paint
  • Tape measure
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Paintbrush 
  • Hammer
  • 1" nails
  • Awl (not pictured)
  • Wood glue
  • 5" wood screws (not pictured)
  • Electric screwdriver
  • DAP Alex Fast Dry Caulk
  • Sandpaper
  • Miter box (not pictured)
  • Dremel Saw-Max or similar (not pictured)

Begin by cutting all of your wood. Please note that you may need to adjust the measurements if you already have existing trim around your fireplace or if it is much larger or smaller.

The larger moulding was 3" wide when measured on the diagonal (since it is crown moulding) and the smaller moulding is 1" wide. The measurements shown on the white pieces are taken on the top and side (so the bottom measurement will be longer due to the 45° cut).

Make sure to account for about 1/8" that will turn into sawdust when you make your cuts. Use the miter box to cut all of the angles that are noted with a 45° above. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's some of the lumber leaning against the wall (y'know, just lounging) to give you an idea of how everything will be laid out. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

We'll assemble the front face of the mantel first. Arrange the 57.5x7.5" piece and the 35x9.25" pieces as shown in the image below. Use two pieces of scrap wood (about 3x10") to attach the pieces together. Apply wood glue to the back of it and then flip it over so it spans the distance between the two pieces. Hammer in two nails on each side as shown below, and then repeat for the opposite side of the mantel face. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, lay out the side pieces. You'll notice that some of my pieces have small notches in the corners - these are to compensate for the strange construction of our fireplace which was built back in 1830. I also made notches to accommodate for the moulding because I didn't want to remove it for fear of ruining the accent wall. You may need to do this as well, but it will depend on your particular moulding. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

The 44x3.5" pieces will go on the outsides, while the 35x2.75" pieces will go on the inner parts of the sides. The 40x2.75" will go horizontally between them. Glue everything in place and all them to dry for a couple of hours.

Flip the mantel over and glue the moulding down as shown below. You will need something to prop up the larger piece of moulding so that it does not fall off while it's drying (I used a cardboard box).   

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Hammer in a couple of nails along the bottom of the moulding to make sure that it is secure. Use an awl to ensure that it goes in all the way without denting the moulding with the hammer. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Move the mantel to an upright position. Apply the small pieces of moulding to each side and glue them in place. Use blue painter's tape to keep them in place while they dry. This includes the moulding up by the top of the mantel, the one pictured, and the pieces around each base. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Now it's time to put the top surface on. Attach it with a healthy dose of glue. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Sand everything thoroughly.

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

If there are any gaps between pieces that shouldn't be there (mine were mostly in the corners), fill them in with the DAP caulk and smooth it out with a paper towel. Let it dry for half an hour.

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Now it's time to paint! I used a basic white paint and primer combo from Behr. It will most likely take two coats because you're painting bare wood ... let it dry for a few hours in between coats. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

The last step is to attach it to the wall. Apply wood glue to every back surface that touches the wall, and then move it into place. Insert a couple of 5" wood screws through the front of the mantel and into the wall behind. Screw them in so they are flush with the front surface. Cover them with DAP caulk, sand and touch up with a bit of paint. Let the glue dry for a couple of hours before you place anything on the mantel.

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

And you're finished! It's not the quickest project, but it makes such a huge difference. And now you can go decorate it for the holidays, which is pretty much the whole point of a mantel, right?!

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

You could even make one of these if you don't have a fireplace at all, and attach it to a bare wall. Then you can get creative with the faux fireplace area inside (perhaps using an arrangement of candles). 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

There are lots of different types of moulding available too, so feel free to dress it up in any way you'd like. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

You could also stain it instead of painting it if you prefer a more natural look. 

How-To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel
Photo: Faith Towers

Happy woodworking everyone!

 

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These Red Shibori Placemats are Bold, Stylish and Easy to Make

by Holly Wade

DIY Red Shibori Placemats

Can you believe it’s already almost Christmas? Because Christmas is my favorite holiday, I always love to make new projects this time of year. These DIY red shibori placemats have been on my mind for a while, and I couldn’t wait to try the shibori dyeing technique with red instead of the traditional indigo to add a lot of color to a holiday table that can be used for Thanksgiving, Christmas and many gatherings after that.

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Make It: Printable "To Go" Pie Boxes

by Stephanie Lee

Printable pie boxes

With Thanksgiving around the corner and Christmas not far behind, I thought it'd be a good time to start thinking about all those desserts that will be leftover in the wake of the festivities. Because at this time of year there always seems to be too much food, despite my best efforts to eat everything in sight! 

These pie boxes are perfect for handing out the extra pieces after the party's over; and best of all, they're so easy to make...

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Eye Candy: 10 Creative & Unique Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Inspire Your Holiday

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Unique Thanksgiving Tablescapes To Inspire You
Photo: Apartment 34

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means that it's time to switch from Halloween decorations to a more festive fall setup. So today we're sharing ten unbelievably beautiful, incredibly unique Thanksgiving centerpiece and tablescape ideas. So if you want to wow your guests with something gorgeous this year, read on.   

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