Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Ever since I built a mantel a couple of years ago, I'm always on the hunt for fun new ways to decorate it. So as I browsed the paper aisle at my local craft store, it hit me – a folded paper tree forest! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors, so I bought a few of my favorites and got to work. Click through to check out the full tutorial.   


Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher


Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher


Begin by drawing tall triangles on the back of a piece of cardstock. Continue Reading

A Holiday Mantel Makeover: No Mantel? No Problem.

Christmas Mantel Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries.

A couple years ago, we designed a fireplace mantel facade for our fireplace. Although we still love it’s Scandinavian and modern vibes, this year we decided to focus on our fireplace as-is! Sometimes, you have to just work with what you have and go with it. Here’s how you can give any mantel-less fireplace a simple Christmas makeover!  


Christmas Mantle Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries

Start with clearing out the surroundings or rearranging your furniture a bit to see what you have to work with.   Continue Reading

XOXO Valentine’s Day Decor for Your Mantel (Or Anywhere!)

XOXO Valentine's Day Mantel Setup
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's… and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.   


XOXO Valentine's Day Mantel Setup
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Some pieces of this mantel setup are store-bought, and some are handmade. Here's what you'll need:



  • x's and o's from the craft store (be sure to raid the sale bin, keeping in mind that you can paint them a different color)
  • Spray paint
  • Scissors
  • Metallic cardstock
  • Large xoxo computer printout in your favorite font
  • Alphabet stickers
  • White chalk marker
  • Scrap wood
  • Sharpie (not pictured)
  • Gold votives
  • Flowers with clear vases 
XOXO Valentine's Day Mantel Setup
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

For the pink xoxo board, place large alphabet stickers on a piece of scrap wood and spread them out evenly across the board. Continue Reading

Charming Paper Flowers for Your Spring Mantel Decor

Curbly Original: Charming Paper Flower Easter Mantel

Photo: Faith Towers

Now that springtime has officially arrived, that means that those of us who celebrate Easter are probably starting to think about decorating our homes for the holiday. My mantel has been empty since I removed my winter décor, so it was begging for some festive embellishments. So I whipped up a few paper flowers to add some beautiful pastels to the room. Click through to find out how to make your own paper flower Easter mantel.    Continue Reading

How To: Elegant DIY Wooden Mantel from Scratch!

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.  Continue Reading

An Old House Fireplace Gets a Makeover

Fireplace Mantel Makeover

This is my master bedroom the day we moved into my house. I’m sure you’re wondering why we changed anything. The matted down shag carpet was a real stunner, and the house also came with a carpet rake. I am serious…it really did. Anyway, this room along with three other bedrooms got a complete overhaul. Today I want to focus in on the fireplace makeover. There were many great elements of this fireplace but so much of what was wrong was proportion….  Continue Reading

Before and After: 90’s Fireplace Gets Reclaimed Wood Makeover

DIy Reclaimed Wood FireplaceIn some living rooms, the fireplace is the focal point. It just MAKES the room, ya know what I’m sayin’? This fireplace makeover is so drastic and the final product is absolutely stunning!       

 DIY Reclaimed Wood FireplaceAmazing, right? The reclaimed wood from floor to ceiling makes such a statement. What a makeover! To see the complete before and after, visit Kristi Murphy

DIY Reclaimed Wood Fireplace by [Kristi Murphy]

Roundup: 10 Fun Ways To Decorate A Non-Working Fireplace

I see these all the time around Boston: beautiful fireplaces that don’t work. Maybe your landlord doesn’t allow it, or maybe there’s a fire safety issue. Or perhaps yours does work, but you’re just looking for a decorative idea for the warmer months. Whatever the case may be, there are lots of fun ways to decorate this coveted area of your home. Here goes.  


1. A great way to highlight a non-working fireplace is to arrange a group of brightly-colored vases inside. Continue Reading

Before and After: A Rustic Fireplace Makeover

Admittedly, this fireplace looks fine as-is. But the homeowners wanted to take it from fine to utterly fantastic, making it the stand-out focal point of the room (and not just a place to hang the TV). Check out the makeover below!      

Emily from Jones Design Co. gave her fireplace (and the whole room) a lift by bringing in some rustic elements. The wood shingles and stone facade add a sophisticated and natural warmth, making the entire space feel more inviting! Continue Reading

Six Creative Fireplace Makeover Ideas


We have a gas fireplace, and although it’s eminently practical, sometimes I wish it were a traditional wood-burning fireplace. If for no other reason than to make it over in the off seasons. Here’s a few ideas to do just that, all of which would be great options for non-working fireplaces too. 

The stacked logs in the white fireplace pictured has an almost sculptural quality about it. 

We’ve all seen the candle option, but these ice cube candles are not only pretty, when displayed in a fireplace, their cheekily ironic too. Continue Reading