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DIY Christmas Banner – Be Merry

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All is Merry and Bright…especially in the dining room! We are putting some finishing touches in the room and then we will be ready to entertain guests!

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner


Welcome to the 2nd annual Home for the Holidays Blog Tour hosted by Sondra Lyn at Home. Wow, do we ever have a great week of holiday celebration ideas lined up for you!

Join us each day for inspiration from nearly 30 of the today’s finest blogs!

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What do you do when you decide to decorate your Christmas mantel with non- traditional colors – and the colors that you want to use don’t exist? Well..we decided to make a banner for the mantel that would match the decor perfectly!

To create our DIY Christmas banner we started with a color theme. This banner is for the dining room fireplace mantel and the room colors are gray and pale yellow. Secondly we chose the phrase “Be Merry”. This sets the mood for our party and dinner guests.

Here’s the materials we used:

  • Cotton Balls
  • Scrapbook Paper in color theme choice. Ours were purchased at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.
  • Cardboard Pennant – 12 forms to a package – also 50% off at Hobby Lobby – aprrox. $2.25
  • Yarn or Needlepoint Thread
  • Vinyl Letters
  • Needle
  • Mod Podge
  • Vintage Book Pages – our book was .25 cents at a yard sale and was falling apart – perfect for crafting!
  • Glitter – Optional

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner

Trace the cardboard pennant shape on the scrapbook paper and cut. Mod Podge the scrapbook pieces to the cardboard. Let dry.

Cut vintage book pages in the size and shape you prefer. We also added a bit of glitter for some shimmer.

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner


Measure out the yarn to fit your mantel. Lightly roll the cotton balls for a more rounded shape. Thread the cotton balls onto the yarn – knotting off the yarn ends when complete.

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner


DIY Christmas Mantel Banner

We used black clothes pins we got for $1 at Target to hang the letters on the banner.  We love how the entire craft turned out!

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner

We used several pieces of mercury glass, as well as silver accents, which we thought would look great with our DIY Christmas banner…

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner


DIY Christmas Mantel Banner

Such an easy idea to add jingle bells and a candle to this glass jar, which instantly made it a festive candle holder.

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner

The different mixes of silvers really goes along well with the banner.

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner 3

DIY Christmas Mantel Banner

We hope we’ve inspired you to create your own DIY Christmas Banner – Be Merry (one of our favorite holiday sayings).  Not only was it easy to do, it was also a very inexpensive craft to make.  We were able to use non-traditional colors, but still make the mantel festival and fun!

Be sure to click on the links below for more great inspiration!  You’ll see everything from gorgeous decor to yummy holiday recipes… and everything in between! Here’s a look at what’s already been shared this week, along with what’s coming up!

There’s no place like…

Home for the Holidays!

XO – Jenn & Vicki

Monday – Holiday Decor


Just a Girl and Her Blog | Lilacs & Longhorns | What Meegan Makes

Windgate Lane | Worthing Court

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Duke Manor Farm | Graceful Order | Rhubarb and Honey

Snappy Gourmet | The Happier Homemaker | Two Thirty-Five Designs

Wednesday – Mantles and Tablescapes


Dandelion Patina | {Home-ology} modern vintage | Organize and Decorate Everything

Sondra Lyn at Home | StoneGable | The Everyday Home

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


An Extraordinary Day | Cottage at the Crossroads | Making it in the Mountains

Our Southern Home | 2 Bees in a Pod | Two Purple Couches

Friday – Gifts and Wrapping


Addison Meadows Lane | DIY180 | Domestically Speaking

My Creative Days | Southern State of Mind | unOriginal Mom

Be sure to check back every day this week to enjoy all the goodies we’ll be sharing with you! Each day’s links will be posted that day and will go live at 7am EST/6am CST, so don’t miss a single day!

Cause we all know…

there’s no place like…

Home for the Holidays!

Monday – Holiday Decor

Tuesday – Holiday Recipes


Wednesday – Holiday Mantels and Tablescapes

Thursday – Holiday Crafts


Friday – Holiday Gifts and Wrapping


  1. This is so creative Jenn! I love how your mantel is festive even though it’s not traditional. That is crazy cool. Don’t even get me started on the Mercury glass pinecones and the pom poms on the bunting! Hello love! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo – It is looking pretty festive in the dining room 🙂 We seriously heart mercury glass too!

  2. Your entire mantel is stunning and the banner was the perfect finishing touch!!! I love it! It has been fun touring with you this week! Merry Christmas!

    1. Lindsay – you’re just too sweet! This was a fun and easy project! We’ve enjoyed the week too! Cheers to a happy week and Merry Christmas!

  3. Liz Bonin says:

    This is so lovely! Everything looks fabulous! Great job❤️

  4. Your holiday mantle is beautiful! And I love how you used non-traditional colors in your banner!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity on the HFTH blog tour!

    1. Sondra – we can’t thank you enough for your invitation to your fabulous tour! We appreciate you so much…thank you!

  5. Oh how I love mercury glass for Christmas decorating! Linda

  6. So many great ideas! I love how you used cotton balls on your garland (so ingenious) and adore the collection of silver bells in the glass jar. I went with non-traditional holiday colors this year as well and just love the fun twist. Happy holidays you two!

  7. I love banners and especially yours with the print paper. Your whole mantel is just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing all the details.

    1. Hi Sarah – You are too kind 🙂 We love to use what we have on hand and try to create from there. Thank goodness it worked LOL. We are firm believers in using the colors that make us happy and we loved your beautiful tablescape! Thanks so much and happy holidays!

    1. Hi Maryann – Those are our favorite elements too! Thanks so very much…it’s been a fun week!

  8. This definitely sets a festive tone in your dining room.

    1. Hey Meredith – We love book pages and glitter too. It’s kind of like mixing old and new. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Jenn and vicki- i love how you layered your banner. I looks amazing on the mantel and i am sure equally as beautiful in your room. Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Laura – Thank you so much. We really are happy with our end result…it does look pretty good in the dining room! Merry Christmas!

  10. I adore your banner and it looks like an easy project that could be used for any occasion. The book pages are a nice touch. Thanks for sharing at our Inspired by You party!

  11. Such a fun Christmas banner! It looks simple and i am pretty sure I have all the supplies already:). It looks great on your fireplace mantel. Pinning to our group board. I hope you girls are having a great week and take care, Tara

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