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Clever Faux Mantel Wall Hanging for the Holidays

No mantel? No worries — Santa will be sure to stuff your stockings when they're hanging from this clever faux mantel wall hanging made from a drop cloth, drapery hardware and chalkboard paint.

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Materials Needed:

  • canvas drop cloth
  • primer
  • quart of black chalkboard paint
  • paint roller handle and cover
  • paint pan and liner
  • chalk
  • thin profile drapery rod with finials
  • iron-on adhesive tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • spool of twine
  • picture-hanging nails
  • scissors
  • S-hooks or stocking hooks

Prep Drop Cloth

Use iron to remove all wrinkles from drop cloth (Image 1). Next, create a rod pocket by folding the drop cloth's top down approximately 1/2", then use iron-on adhesive tape and iron to fuse the two portions of the drop cloth together (Image 2).

Insert Drapery Rod and Add Hanger

Insert thin-profile drapery rod into the rod pocket and attach finials to each end (Image 1). Add a hanger with twine by knotting it onto each end of the rod (Image 2).

Prime Drop Cloth

Most canvas drop cloths are extremely porous, so it's important to prime it before applying chalkboard paint to reduce the number of coats needed. Using a paint roller, add an even coat of primer, leaving a two-inch unpainted border around the edges.

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