So with a little creativity and no time at all, my mantle is all dressed up and ready for the big day (which is in 18 days BTW).
First I gathered a few materials:
1. glue- the rubber cement worked best
2. paper punch
3. gold paper
4. white ribbon
with the paper punch I punched out a ton of scalloped circles from the gold paper
Using the rubber cement, I glued to scalloped circles together sandwiching the ribbon in between. I eyeballed the spacing, some are 6 inches apart and some are 12 inches.
My garland was between 6 and 8 yards long, but you can make yours any length depending on where you want to hang it.
The rubber cement takes no time at all to dry, so as soon as I was done gluing the last two in place it was ready to hang.
Here is what my mantle looks like all dressed up
For a fuller look I could probably stand to glue a few more gold dots in there, but for now this was an easy way to bring some of that festive spirit to my family room!