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All dolled up for the holidays

I'm feeling a little festive today so I thought I'd share this absolutely incredible seasonal treat with you today. It comes from The Ammar Girls (Debrah, Alexandra, & Olivia) of Virginia. "I've been noticing some recent photos on Desire to Inspire have featured holiday decorations. I wanted to share this photo with you of our mantle. I've been working on perfecting the shape of this piece for about 4 holiday seasons now and each year it gets a little more refined." 

"Each ornament is individually wired, twisted and secured to the garland. You can imagine what a timely, tedious process this is. Not to mention, they are glass balls so you have to be extra gentle handling them. I'm estimating there are over 500 total ornaments." INCREDIBLE!!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us ladies!!

Reader Comments (25)

What a pleasant surprise to see our mantle masterpiece posted front and center on "desire to inspire"!! So pleased you enjoyed our holiday cheer...Merry Christmas from the Ammar girls!!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebrah Ammar

Now THAT'S a garland...so fun!!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdesignchic

Absolutely Stunning!! Is there a "How to" somewhere? I would LOVE to try to make this. However, I don't have a clue as to how one would store it. Thank you so much posting...I'll be happy to pass this along to others.

Julia Hull

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Hull

This put an INSTANT SMILE on my face that is likely to last all day...WOW

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCiely

Totally gorgeous and over-the-top, which I love at Christmas!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

That's definitely capturing the spirit of Christmas! Very impressive!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEleni

oh la la!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane

Whoa! That is impressive!


9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commentera little luxe

um, do you mean "mantel"? although i suppose you could conceivably call it a bauble mantle covering the mantel.

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpolish chick

Amazing!! I want my fireplace to look like that!

The Craft

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe craft

Oh my goodness- I LOVE this- fabulous in every possible way!

A+++++++++ Job!!!!! I've never seen anything as dramatic and gorgeous as this on a mantel. I'm not gonna lie - I'm way jealous that this isn't my own mantel. I want this!

Awesome job and I'd love to see a tutorial if there is one. And how do you store this every year without damaging it?

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterray*

Mantle - something that covers, envelops, or conceals. Our bauble "mantle" is a cover for our mantel. I think we chose the proper usage for this application! Enjoy!!!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebrah Ammar

That garland is FABULOUS!!!!!

A have never seen a more perfect mantle, or garland, ever. Absolutely stunning!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristy

Wowzer. That display is amazingness. Love it. Talk about holiday cheer to the max.

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSugar

HOW in the WORLD would you store that thing away when Christmas is over?!

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMadeline

Now I'm wondering how many Christmas balls I can buy marked down the day after Christmas...not that I have a mantel to put one like this, lol, but I'm sure by next Christmas I'll have found some appropriate spot.

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

That fat, fab garland makes me downright happy.

9 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterholland

Ding! Ding! Ding! The most gorgeous and inspirational holiday piece this designer has seen in his forty-six years! Winner!

10 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBucky

I have been collecting these Indian glass ornaments and they are too heavy from my xmas tree. I keep buying them anyway in hopes to someday have an outdoor tree to hang them on . This idea is PERFECT and I will now need to buy even more! thank you, this is unbelievable!

10 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commentervivacindy

So pretty - can I ask how often one breaks? I broke two this year just out of plain butterfinger-ness. I couldn't be trusted within a mile of your mantle.

10 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Beautiful -- how have you secured to the mantel?

16 Dec 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Tutorial please!!!! I love it

8 Dec 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdana

It is pretty but you need to stop getting to be too much!!

20 May 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBecky P

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