Holiday Mantel

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Holiday decorating is a weeklong event in our house. It starts with cutting down the tree and ends with little holiday touches throughout the house. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace (of any kind) in your home, it is the perfect spot to decorate for the holidays. I use garland wrapped with lights and tuck in floral picks in hues to match my holiday decor. I finish the display with a bell wreath and our stockings hung from silver stocking hangers. But, there are many ways to decorate your mantel to give it that holiday flair. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Go natural and decorate with real greenery. Add some ornaments grouped together, woven baskets and silver stars to create an understated and traditional style.

Use your fireplace

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Make your job easier by using a pre-decorated mantel swag. This one is bursting with holiday cheer.

Glad Tidings Pre-decorated Mantel Swag

Clear vases with red flowers and berries look festive with red votives and "presents" made from chrysanthemums pushed into floral foam and topped off with a red velvet bow. Complete the look with a non-traditional garland for a more modern take on holiday decor.

Skip the greenery all together and group like items in hues of white and silver for a wintery display. Branches displayed in large glass vases and burlap ribbon complete the refined rustic look.

Christmas Mantel Decorating

Eclectically Vintage

Make a garland out of christmas bulbs in varying coordinating hues. Mini trees flocked and placed in silver buckets work well with simple silver candlesticks and mercury vases.

Don't be tied to tradition. Try something totally different like this. A rustic swag adorned with birch bark shavings and a couple of simple trees keeps the mantel restful and visually appealing. Switch out the trees after the holidays for candles or other decor and this display can stay through the winter months.

Southern Living

This is one of my favorites. Winter scene artwork is placed over a mantel dressed in a festive scarf and dotted with snowglobes, skates and a miniature sled. Stockings are replaced by mittens hung by mitten clasps. It invokes the feeling of the holidays but in a unique way.

Sporty Winter Mantelscape

Less is more. A simple Christmas banner and natural pine wreath are added to the existing decor to dress up this mantel for the holidays.


Work it into your color scheme. Holiday decorating doesn't have to be business as usual. Pull colors from your existing decor to make a festive and beautiful holiday display.

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Have some fun with your holiday decor and think outside of the box. Maybe it will make decorating a whole lot more fun!

Happy Holidays!


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