Today I will show you how to hang shelves to create a Christmas mantel. Our fireplace mantel is in need of some TLC so until that project is finished, I decided to hang a shelf over our couch to display a wintery Christmas theme. We recently rearranged the furniture in our family room to make room for our Christmas tree and while doing so, a bare wall was exposed that needed some love. In about 30 minutes, I hung this shelf and viola, our Christmas mantel.
Our Christmas theme this year is a wintery nature inspired theme using gold, silver, red & white. This is the bare wall prior to the shelf being added. It was raining the day I hung this shelf so the pictures are a bit dark.
Simply hang a level where you would like the shelf to hang.
Draw line where the bottom of the shelf will hang and drill your pilot holes for screws.
Screw the screws 95% into the wall (leave a little showing in order to hang your bracket.
I purchased $2 unfinished wooden brackets from our local mill store.
I used a 10″ wide piece of pine board that we had left over from our bathroom renovation project for the shelf.
I added two coats of Benjamin Moore white dove paint and it was ready for a wintery Christmas display.
I made a “dear santa” chalkboard sign using construction paper and an existing canvas art picture.
Fairly easy right? If you don’t have a traditional fireplace mantel, hopefully you find this tutorial on how to hang shelves helpful and perhaps even inspired you to create your own wintery Christmas mantel. This diy Christmas mantel only cost $4 and I think it adds so much character to the room and otherwise, boring wall. I’ll be back this week to share our Christmas Home tour :).