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Winter Blues Mantel with a DIY Pine Cone & Pom Pom Garland

Is it just me or is there something majorly refreshing about decorating after the holidays? Although I love all the Christmas decorations it feels good to get the house cleaned up and the décor scaled back somewhat for January. This year I was craving a calm coastal feel with lots of natural elements and texture thrown in for good measure… and this easy DIY Pine Cone and Pom Pom Garland was the perfect addition to our blue and white winter mantel.

Winter Mantel with DIY Pine Cone Pom Pom Garland by The Happy Housie

To make this garland you need:
– pine cones (I collected mine from a nearby tree)
– jute twine
– white pom poms
– hot glue gun and glue

This was a quick and easy project. I decided what length I wanted my garland to be and cut the twine to length. I first glued the tips of the pine cones evenly spaced along the twine. Lastly I glued a small white pompom between each pine cone.

I love the rustic texture and warm colour that it added to our January mantel…

Pine Cone and Pompom garland by The Happy Housie

The Happy Housie January Blues Winter Mantel with white owls and pompom pinecone garland

Pompom Pine Cone Garland for January Blue Winter Mantel The Happy Housie

To keep with the coastal vibe I used these adorable blue lanterns that I picked up at IKEA last month … when I saw them I knew that IKEA had made them just for . They are almost the exact colour of blue we have splashed throughout the house and I didn’t even have to break out the spray paint. Wasn’t that nice of IKEA? They’re so great.

January Winter Blues Mantel ikea lanterns at the happy housie

In the big glass hurricane (which I found at the Salvation Army for $2!) I used some faux snow and pine cones to keep with the wintery feel.

January Blue Winter Mantel wooden monogram at The Happy Housie

And once again the broken paddle that I found on our lake beach fits in perfectly… along with the vintage oil painting that I got while garage saleing last summer.

January Blues Winter Mantel with reclaimed oar at The Happy Housie

All the blue and white and cream works so well with the natural wood tones and pine cones and I love the calm feel of the whole thing. And to me, this is mantel scheme is seriously neutral.

January Winter Blues Mantel at the happy housie

How do you like to decorate after Christmas?

Are you usually ready for a clean slate and more subtle décor?


Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!



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  1. I love this light and fresh touch for winter decor, Krista!! You always give things a nice whimsical touch. And I think you must be sending Ikea telepathic messages,….what a fun find!!!

    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!!
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!!

    1. Thank you Diane- I am glad that Ikea is finally picking up on my messages:) Hope your week was wonderful as well- thanks for hosting and for coming by in person!

  2. Love the simplicity of this!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! I’m gonna pin this one on our board!


    1. Thank you Allison! I am enjoying how calm and serene it all feels after all the color and clutter of Christmas decorating. Thanks for your visit!

  3. So beautiful, calm and serene, love colors you used, perfect for winter and summer. I love everything you do Krista, was so glad when I found your blog awhile back. Your style inspires me every time.
    I’ve kept my snow people, pine cones and some of mini trees in ball jars out, have them in a long bread basket with an old wood window behind with cedar and pine garland around edges. Some of pine cones have been spray painted white for little difference in color and look. Happy days and Happy New Year.

    1. Hi JaneEllen!! So thrilled you came by – I always love your comments – they are so personal and sincere. I am thrilled you found my blog too because I always find it interesting to hear what you have to share:) I love the idea of the winter scenes in the ball jars- I wanted to do something like that too but all my old Christmas village stuff was buried at the back of the Christmas closet and I couldn’t bare to make my husband pull EVERYTHING out again once we got it all put away. Wish I had thought more ahead!! I love the cedar and pine boughs and pine cones for winter- I don’t think it needs to be just for Christmas. In fact I have been thinking of going to get some more pine boughs to green things up in here for January (my Christmas ones had to go because they were too dry). I haven’t tried spray painting pine cones yet – I will have to do that one of these days. I bet they are really pretty- the whole display sounds lovely!! Happy New Year to you as well:)

    1. Thank you Vel! I knew it was a little bit of a different combination but I think it turned out well… I like the mix of rustic with the white. So thrilled you came by!!

    1. Thank you Christy. I actually have gone super neutral throughout the living/dining room (well, ok, perhaps neutral for me is not exactly neutral for everyone else…) and I am loving the calm feel after all the busy décor of Christmas!! Thanks so much for coming by!

    1. Thank you Amy- the whole space is a lot calmer and more serene right now… I need to share a little more of it soon. Thanks for your visit and comments!!

  4. Very pretty! I packed up the pine cones the other day, but I might have to take them out again. I am still trying to put Christmas stuff away, but you are right, I do like decorating after the New Year too!

    1. After Christmas is ‘down’ it all feels so bare… and while I am usually ready for a little bit of a scaled back look I still want to feel warm and cozy in January!

    1. Hi Amanda! Valentines day could be fun! I was trying to decide if I was going to do anything Valentines’ish this year- not really my favourite holiday. But I may find some inspiration!

  5. Those are the cutest, tiniest pinecones! The garland is a perfect addition to your winter themed mantel. It’s amazing how open and fresh the house looks after you clean up all the Christmas decorations, isn’t it?

    My goal for the day is to post about my winter mantel. Instead of blue I’ve used red ~ my favorite color!

    Stay warm,

    1. It is amazing what a difference it makes…like suddenly there is all this space that wasn’t there before! Always nice to use your favourite color on the mantel… I guess its a dead giveaway that I have a thing for blue. Still love red though too- especially paired with white. So crisp!

    1. Hi Cheryl! It is a little cool the last couple of days but by that I mean it is 1 degree out. Not quite the same story as back east!! Stay warm:)

  6. Hi Krista – I love the winter blues theme and your pinecone and pompom garland is adorable! By the time I get all of the Christmas stuff down, it’s practically Spring! One of these days, I’ll get it together and decorate the mantel more. Yours is just lovely! Pinning and thanks for sharing – have a happy & warm Tuesday!

    1. Aw, thanks Cindy. We can only do so much!! Maybe my mantel love will wear off one day but for now it is my favourite thing to change up:) Thanks so much for your visit and the pin!!

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