Garland, candles, stockings, vintage art, gold arched mirror and brass Christmas bells create this simple Christmas fireplace mantel.
This year I was SUPER, DUPER excited to decorate my fireplace mantel for Christmas. Painting the fireplace has made all the difference in this room and decorating it is so fun and easy now. With a clean white background it makes all the decor just pop. Have I said how much I LOVE my fireplace?
Let’s get creating shall we? Here’s how to create a mantel you’ll love in four easy steps.
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Lay the foundation
Garland is the foundation for my mantel; which is likely the foundation for most mantels at Christmas time.
I used 4 strands of garland; two of each type. A plain basic garland as the base and a varied garland with pinecones and different type of branches to set on top of the basic garland.
My garland is not expensive; it’s just from Walmart and does the trick. The key is using a variety of garland and not just one type all piled on top of each other. Variety gives you depth and doesn’t cost any more but makes a huge difference.
Anchor the Fireplace space
It’s nice to have something that anchors the fireplace; a focal point sort of speak. My gold arched mirror is my anchor for Christmas and was also on my fall mantel. This might change but for now this mirror is doing the trick for this season too.
Give your mantel an anchor item. A clock, mirror, piece of art; maybe it’s your television. Something to anchor the space.
Add decor touches
I like a minimal approach but I also like balance, but not matchy-matchy. Once you’ve added your foundation and your anchor decor select small decor touches to round out your design.
Since I like balance I added a vintage framed winter art print to one side and the other side my thrift store find brass candlesticks to the other side.
This achieves balance while still creating a curated look. Which is what I love.
Finish with stockings
No Christmas fireplace is complete without stockings. I grouped all mine together this year instead of having them drape across the entire mantel. I love them huddled together with the brass bells and velvet ribbon to tie in the entire look.
How do you decorate your mantel for Christmas? I bet it’s lovely and perfect for your home! Enjoy.
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