Mantels rank right up there with Christmas trees when it comes to important places in the house to decorate. It’s the first thing Santa sees when he drops down that chimney, you know. Gotta impress the big guy.
I wanted to do something different for the mantel this year, and I love the look of chalkboard messages as the focal point. That was really the main inspiration for this year’s look.
Now, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a large chalkboard. I also didn’t want to mess with buying hardware supplies and chalk paint to try and make one. I wanted something a little more temporary, but that still looked nice. So…off to Hobby Lobby I went.
After finding black wrapping paper and a box of white chalk, I had a thought…I’d just wrap a painting!
I had NO idea how this was going to turn out. I figured the worst that could happen is I’d be out $6 from the supplies and possibly be featured on Pinstrosity. I decided I could live with that.
Since I already had a large painting, I was able to use that as the base.
All I did was roll out the paper and wrap the painting like a giant present. I used double-sided tape to carefully adhere the paper.
“Oh Holy Night” is one of my favorite Christmas songs, so I knew I wanted to use this for the art. I used regular ol’ chalk to write. I discovered it easily wiped off with my hand. If I felt more confident in my hand lettering, I probably would have used a chalk marker.
A note on the wrapping paper. Hob Lob only had glossy paper. It turned out really nice, but a matte finish would probably look even better.
Once the chalkboard was up, I added some finishing touches.
Bonus idea: Another way to repurpose a picture is to swap it out with a beautiful Christmas card.
Now, show me your mantels. (I’m totally making t-shirts that say that.) Be sure to take pics, use #TheNeatNook, and tag me on Instagram @Katejandersen so we can all see your creations.
Have the most creative day, yet.