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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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Add Chalkboard Paint

Use a paint roller to apply two even coats of chalkboard paint on top of the primed area. Tip: Leaving a two-inch unpainted edge will add a contrasting border to your wall hanging, framing it nicely.

Draw Mantel and Fire

Use chalk to draw the silhouette of a mantel (Image 1). Add visual interest by giving your mantel architectural ornamentation such as friezes or moldings (Image 2). Once the mantel is complete, add burning logs to the mantel's opening with chalk (Image 3).

Hang Faux Mantel and Add Stockings

Hammer a picture-hanging nail into wall. Hang the drop cloth mantel by placing the knotted twine on the nail, moving the drapery rod back and forth until it sits perfectly level (Image 1). Place S-hooks or stocking hooks over the drapery rod, then hang up stockings (Image 2).

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