Four Calling Birds Themed Christmas Mantel

Can you ever remember not hearing or singing The Twelve Days of Christmas?  I know I can’t!

This year I joined a group of bloggers to bring you a week’s worth of Christmas cheer inspired by this traditional Christmas song.

My mantel’s theme for this Christmas season is Four Calling Birds.

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My mantel design started with a large wreath made with fresh greenery, adorned with red velvet ribbon and four birds.

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The birds on the wreath were cut from a scrap piece of Luan with a scroll saw and painted with white chalk paint.  Hot glue holds them on the wreath.

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The four calling birds on the mantel were cut from scrap pine with a scroll saw.   They also were painted with white chalk paint.  The dowels and square holders originally were used for a garden club’s plant judging.  My trash finds don’t go to waste!

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The pine cones in the middle of the mantel were sprayed with a thin layer of faux snow.  Can you see my dad’s late 1940’s or early 1950’s car on the table?  It’s bringing home a Christmas tree to be decorated.

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The pillows on the chairs are a Pottery Barn knockoff that I shared a few weeks ago.  I’m planning to enjoy them all winter in this room.Four Calling Birds Mantel by

I’ll have to say that this is one of my favorite mantel creations.  I’m really going to enjoy it this holiday season.

Four Calling Birds Mantel by  If you’d like to see more of my Christmas mantels, click the links below.  I enjoy looking back to see how I decorated in the past and also how my style has evolved over the years.

2012 Christmas Mantel, 2011 Christmas Mantel, 2010 Christmas Mantel, 2009 Christmas Mantel, 2008 Christmas Mantel

Visit my friends to see how they decorated their homes with a The Twelve Days of Christmas theme.

12 Days of Christmas Blog Tour button

MONDAY, December 1st

{Partridge in a Pear Tree}

Simply Fresh Vintage

Petticoat Junktion

 Snazzy Little Things

{Two Turtle Doves}

Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Fresh Idea Studio

TUESDAY, December 2nd

{Three French Hens}

Country Design Style

DIO Home Improvements

Mommy is coocoo

{Four Calling Birds}

Artsy Chicks Rule

Sweet Pea

H2O Bungalow

WEDNESDAY, December 3rd

{Five Golden Rings}

House on the Way

Diy 180

Restoration Redoux

{Six Geese a Laying}

Postcards from the Ridge

Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

THURSDAY, December 4th

{Seven Swans a Swimming}

Curb Alert!

Cupcakes and Crinoline

{Eight Maids a Milking}

Our Southern Home

Daisy Mae Belle

FRIDAY, December 5th

{Nine Ladies Dancing}

Better After

Rhapsody in Rooms

{Ten Lords a Leaping}

Pink When

The Endearing Home

SATURDAY, December 6th

{Eleven Pipers Piping}

Refresh Restyle

Lilacs and Longhorns

Imparting Grace

{Twelve Drummers Drumming}

What Meegan Makes

Mrs. Hines Class

At Home with the Barkers

Sharing With:  Savvy Southern Style


  1. Paula,
    This is so pretty. It has such a lovely colonial feel to it…fitting you being from Virginia! Just love, friend!

  2. Your mantel Paula is beautiful in the crisp white and bright red with all the greenery. I love have a fresh wreath. Another saw user too! Woohoo! Jeanette

  3. I am crushing on your Four Calling Birds. You are so creative! I love your mantel and the birds. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.
    Merry Christmas, Paula.

  4. I love your mantle, Paula! This is such a genius series idea – I can’t wait to see all the other interpretations too!

  5. OH my gosh…it’s so pretty Paula! I love your take on the 4 Calling Birds!


  6. Your mantel is so pretty! I love the four calling birds theme!

  7. I love your wreath and mantle. It turned out beautiful!

  8. Wow! You did such a good idea incorporating the theme into your décor. It looks gorgeous! Classy and not at all stretching it like I’m doing on day 9…yikes! But I always love what you do with your mantel décor!

  9. How did I know you DIY’d all those beautiful birds! Your mantel is beautiful, Paula! Love the fresh greenery too. XO

  10. Paula, you just amaze me! You know how much I love your Virginia house. Now you’ve created a themed mantel that’s just right in your decor! Love your birds. Your DIY creations are always wonderful!

  11. So classic and beautiful! I love the simplicity and the traditional colors. And the DIY birds are fantastic! Great job Paula!

  12. Paula…Your mantle is beautiful! Love love your birds with the greenery and red velvet! ..And still loving the pom-pom pillows:) Happy Holidays!

  13. Beautiful, Paula! The birds are so elegant and pretty. I love the fresh greenery and the sprayed pine cones… you’ve created a very lovely scene.

  14. It is beautiful Paula! I love it!

  15. Your wreath is gorgeous and it looks so pretty above your fireplace! Love all of the fresh greenery.

  16. Paula, that wreath is beautiful! I love the traditional colors, the birds look amazing on it, you did an awesome job on this~!

  17. Love your mantle Paula and your snowflake pillows are so nice…you are so talented!

  18. I love this. Understated, but elegant.


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