Last year I purchased a brass goose/swan from a vintage shop and was immediately obsessed. There was something elegant about the shape including the details of the wings. Slowly my collection started to grow (and my obsession also did with not only geese, but swans too.). and I had the idea to create a vintage brass geese magical Christmas mantel around them. The song My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music popped in my head and especially the line “wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings”. I knew I wanted to build a mantel theme around that idea. You can watch a video with this post where I walk you through my house and show you my vintage decor. It is about 8 minutes long, but the living room decor is in the first 3 minutes. It’s easier to watch the video full screen because I took it with my phone vertically.
I had already created the base of the design on the mantel, and the next part was about adding onto it and Christmas-fying it a bit by tucking vintage Shiny Brite ornaments into the moss and around the mantel. The ornaments lend a nice bit of shine around the earthy moss in contrast with the patinaed brass and twinkle lights.
I was able to add a small collection of brass geese that was a family of three that I picked up at Warehouse 55. I like having the varied sizes added to the mantelscape and they are so cute!
I’ve never been much of a twinkle light fan, but after adding them to this mantelscape I am really starting to love how they add so much whimsy and prettiness among the deeper more organic decor like the mushrooms. I have small velvet mushroom ornaments on my tree as well, so I love that it carries the theme through.
Some of the brass geese are a little more streamlined than others which tells me that they are a little more modern, but I like the difference of them not all being the same.
I think this guy to the front of the image looks more like a brass duck than a brass goose, but that’s ok, he’s pretty cute too.
This entire scene to me feels almost like there is a lake the are resting on instead of my faux fireplace mantel, with the moon hanging low over the top. This brass goose is just filled with mini-plastic ornaments.
The addition of the two types of moss and mushrooms really give this entire mantel a woodland feel. The glass globes on the tree really play off of the moon, like there are mini-moons scattered on the branches. They have a beautiful glow.
It was so fun to create my vintage brass geese magical Christmas mantel with woodland style decor and twinkle lights, that I might have to being it back next year!