Today is my son’s sixteenth birthday.
I’m not really sure how that happened…..
…..especially because I just dropped him off for kindergarten.
And the best?
He’s taking his driving test this morning.
I’ll be the one sitting in the front seat wearing new yoga pants with a messy bun and a bobby pin trying to act like it’s another day in the neighborhood while white knuckling it and clutching the edge of the seat and inadvertently pressing a non-existent brake on the passengers’ side.
Good times for me and my messy bun.
So I spent yesterday afternoon preparing for the arduous driving task ahead by creating a twig and boxwood mantel.
It only took 10 minutes and I finished it off with these tiny faux wood house ornaments that were only $1.87 at WalMart.
When I saw them I couldn’t even.
Look at the little fluffy “puff” of smoke coming out of the chimney.
And now here’s 10 minutes well spent.
Start the timer.
I started with the blank mantel.
53 sec to find the stool to climb up so I could add the branch to the top of the mantel.
(I did not count the 23 minutes 12 seconds spent searching in the woods for the perfect branch with Bonzai).
41 seconds to add the perfect branch.
I hung it on some nails I had up there from other mantel decor, but you could always use removable adhesive hooks if you wanted a less permanent option.
12 seconds to make sure the branch was straight.
3 minutes and 17 seconds to tie sheer ribbon onto the boxwood spheres.
Some of the spheres came with hooks.
Others, I simply tied the ribbon on the branches.
I used five spheres in a variety of sizes for the display.
4 minutes 23 seconds to tie the boxwood spheres onto the branch at varying heights.
Mix it up.
Place a large one next to a medium one next to a small one.
An odd number of spheres is best for the project.
And then I had over 30 seconds left.
Almost enough time to find the bag of tiny house ornaments and books and puffs of cotton.
Stack the books.
Add the houses.
Tuck the cotton batting in among the houses.
I think this is one of my favorite Christmas mantels. Not too fussy. Not too expensive. Not too stressful.
But I almost wish it had taken more than 10 minutes.
I’d so much rather be decorating than side-seat driving.
Maybe I can find a few more projects to keep me busy.
And now here’s some quick and easy Christmas decorating ideas
from some of my favorite friends.