In the previous post I shared with you my Ramadan countdown calendar which consists of 29 lanterns (possibly 30). If you would like to see how I made the lanterns, just click here. The countdown calendar is the main element of my Ramadan mantel, and since there are 29 lanterns I didn’t want to add too many other elements.
I had originally planned to hang the jars across the mantel, but, as you can see, that may not be a practical idea. Can’t you just foresee chaos if I did hang them? Instead I decided to display them on each side of the mantel with the back row elevated. A better and safer idea, don’t you think?
I used bricks to create the elevation. At first I thought of using styrofoam bricks, but since the lanterns are glass I wanted something with weight so I wouldn’t worry about any accidental tip overs. Besides, it ended up being cheaper using bricks rather styrofoam. The bricks were $.89 each. Other than weight and price, I love the natural element they add to the mantel!
As the centerpiece, I created a simple “Ramadan” art. Hmm, maybe “art” isn’t the word to describe it since there isn’t much to it. All I did was cover a 1/2″ thick foam core with brown damask print fabric (I used thumb tacks to secure the fabric in the back). Then with my lovable Silhouette, I cut out the word Ramadan. I used burgundy red cardstock and fleur-de-lis scrapbook paper. I used sticky dots to adhere the letters so they can be easily removable. Simple, but I think it makes a nice statement.
The yellow hobnob vase was a thrift shop find a few months ago. I LOVED this vase but I really didn’t have a spot for it anywhere. It’s just been randomly sitting on my bar counter looking out of place just waiting to be of some use. It finally is…. and it finally can hold it’s long neck up high because it’s just perfect in it’s new home. :P
A Ramadan mantel cannot be complete without some dates. One of the traditions of Ramadan is to break your fast with dates. I LOVE dates! After a day of fasting, nothing is sweeter than the taste of dates to break your fast! Just give me dates (mejdool dates to be specific!) for my meal and I’d be more than satisfied. Oh, and a glass of cold water to go along with it… then I’d be fully satisfied. :)
Now I just can’t wait to start lighting up those lanterns. Can you imagine how pretty they will look all lit up on the last day of Ramadan?
Hope you guys like my Ramadan mantel. Let me know what you think.
I’m off to eat some mejdool dates! ;)