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My Mardi Gras Mantle Décor 2017
My Mardi Gras Mantle Décor 2017 is a combination of old and new, but mostly old and just repurposed directly from my Christmas Mantle.
I just love the colors of Mardi Gras! It’s such a fun time in the Southern US and in many other parts of the world. While Mardi Gras is famous in New Orleans and is certainly associated with debauchery, heavy drinking, overeating, and generally overindulging in many areas, it can also be a really fun family friendly time. Mardi Gras is definitely not just what you see on Bourbon Street!
Children look forward to the parades and catching beads and Moon Pies in our neck of the woods. Yes they throw Moon Pies off the floats in Alabama! It’s a really fun way for families to get together. Everyone lines the streets, waiting for all the colorful floats with their fancy costumed occupants who throw handfuls of goodies out to the crowds. It’s so much fun to watch the children collect their loot in bags to take home and play with.
As it is for any holiday in the South, a new wreath on the front door is a must and quite a few folks leave their Christmas trees up and change out the decorations from Christmas to Mardi Gras.
This year, I repurposed my Christmas Mantle into a Mardi Gras Mantle with just a few changes here and there. I did make a quick trip to the Mardi Gras store down the street and Hobby Lobby to pick up a few new items, but all in I think I spent under $50.
Ideas to help you create your own mantle
You can create your own Mardi Gras Mantle with a few items I bet you already have around the house or can easily get online. Have any beads left over from last years parades or do you have family members that live in the south? If you live in a “No Mardi Gras” area, ask your southern friends and family to mail you a few dozen beads over the next few days. (Most southern households have stockpiles of beads from past years parades.)
Add some sparkly and fun, purple, gold and green stems to a tall vase. Have any candlesticks laying around? Add some taper candles in Mardi Gras colors, draping some beads around the candlesticks. Or if you have a lantern that holds a larger candle, you could add some beads or balls or colored confetti to the inside around the candle. Or just fill a vase with beads. Really the shinier and “sparklier” the better!! Glitter is great. Fleur Di Lis anything is awesome.
I found some window stickers at the local Mardi Gras store and put them on the old window below and added some Purple ribbon on the top of the green bow I had up for Christmas. And of course the left over beads from last year, fit right in!
And I also updated my Wreath this year with some left over ribbon from the mantle. I think it turned out really pretty and bright!
Laissez les bon temps rouler – Let the good times roll!!