I have lots of beautiful and practical Christmas mantel ideas for you today! I thought it would be fun to share some ideas for creating a memorable mantel as mine is in progress. Come get a look at how this years mantel is shaping up!
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I usually start Christmas decorating each year with my mantel. For me, my mantel sets the tone and theme, and color palette for the rest of our Christmas home. And while that is true this year, decorating it has been more of a process than once and done!
Just remember THIS CHRISTMAS MANTEL IS NOT FINISHED YET!
You will be so surprised on my upcoming Christmas Home Tour how it will (hopefully) look. But the basics are done and I want to share lots of Christmas mantel ideas with you!
Here are some things to think about before you do any Christmas decorating…
- what will my color palette be this year
- will there be any kind of a theme
- is there decor or “elements” I plan to repeat throughout my home
- how will I enhance the lighting (remember the nights are getting longer)
You can see my answers to the questions above right here on my mantel.
Because a mantel is the second biggest focal point in our great room (the tree is the MAIN one), I make a point to show off all the important things you will see throughout our home this holiday season in this space.
As I was dismantling (no pun intended!) the the fall mantel, thank goodness I remembered to snap a photo of it! So you can see how it transformed.
Wow, the background is very white! But when it is decorated the white is a beautiful background for all the decorations! And that’s why I LOVE white!
The gather sign would be great for Christmas but I found another sign that literally puts into words why we celebrate!
USE FAUX GREENS
I used real greens for years on my mantel and honestly they looked horrible by the time Christmas day rolled around unless I decorated my mantel just a few days before Christmas.
Yes, I long to have gorgeous, good-smelling fresh greens that I see on those amazing mantel on some of the blogs, Instagram, and Pinterest.
But for me, they are not practical. And I’m decorating my mantel for my real-life Christmas home and not just a beautiful photoshoot!
There are so many GORGEOUS faux greens now that it’s crazy not to use them! Right?
For the mantel this year, I wired two lightly flocked garlands together. And laid them across my mantel in an asymmetrical way.
This created a bit of drama to a very symmetrical area.
HERE ARE A COUPLE OF THE BEST CHRISTMAS MANTEL IDEAS…
- lay a base later of faux greens
- asymmetry creates a sense of drama
So easy, so doable and looks amazing!
EMBELLISH THE GREENS
Here’s another great Christmas mantel idea!
I have a saying that helps me to remember to never let any decor stand by itself.
It’s from a nursery song The Farmer In The Dell…
THE CHEESE STANDS ALONG
Think of anything you decorate and don’t let it stand alone. Don’t let it be the cheese!
So I added some pretty bit and pieces to the faux greens. I used faux seeded eucalyptus and other berries and leaves!
When adding greens to a garland I stick them right into the garland and because this garland will probably not be moved or touched the bits and pieces will stay. No need to glue them in!
Here’s how the long end of the garland looks. But I’m not done with the greens yet.
Just adding these little bit of this or that makes a difference.
ADD A BIT OF LIGHT TO YOUR CHRISTMAS MANTEL
To keep a Christmas mantel a focal point in our great room I’m lighting it up!
A Christmas mantel is a bit sad if it does not have a pretty glow in the evening!
Some years I use a couple strings of lights and some years I use candles.
This is a candle year!
I added 6 votives across the front of the mantel.
But oops! I was moving the garland a bit and accidentally knocked my favorite votive right off the ledge!
This little mishap inspired me to share with you my most practical idea of all the Christmas mantel ideas…
A VERY PRACTICAL CHRISTMAS MANTEL IDEA
I stuck my votives to the mantel with 3M sticky squares. I keep these in my decorating toolbox and use them all the time. The double-sided stick of these little foam pads will keep the rest of the votives from meeting the same doom as the broken one!
To remove them I lift the corner of the sticky square and rub an Alcohol Wipe under the corner and gently pull and keep repeating this process until the sticky pad is off.
I have also read you can blow warm air from a hairdryer on the sticky pad and gently lift it off. If this has worked for you please let us know.
My little votive is a cautionary tale! Stick down votives!
Another Christmas mantel idea that is so important to consider is to use battery operated candles… even votive candles!
Votives give me so much peace of mind. And I fond some that flicker like their real counterparts!
You might like to read WAYS TO DECORATE WITH CANDLES AT CHRISTMAS. You can read about my favorite ways to use candles and there are lots of sources for candles, votive candles, candleholders, and votives!
ADD OTHER EXTRAS
My Christmas decor features lots of metallics this year. So when I stood back and looked at my mantel, although I thought it was pretty I felt it needed a bit of bling.
I loved the natural look of the Christmas mantel so I kept things natural and added some metallic leaves.
Another add-on for the mantel were ornaments in shades of green from citron to light olive. Can you guess what accent color I’ll be using this Christmas?
Not too many ornaments! Just enough to pull the accent color onto the mantel.
I also added a vintage looking glass garland across the mantel.
THE SECOND BEST “OUT OF ALL THE CHRISTMAS MANTEL IDEAS…”
One of my best practical tips is above but here’s another!
I use 3M Command Hook Hangers to attach things like the glass bead garland to the mantel. They come in many sizes and I have most of them in my decorating toolbox.
You would have never seen the hook, right?
Knowing these designer’s decorating tips and secrets make creating a really beautiful mantel so much easier!
I hope you are starting to think about your home and how you plan to decorate it this Christmas.
The next time you will see my Christmas mantel it will look a bit different. I can’t wait to show you!
Do you have any tips for decorating a Christmas mantel? Please share!
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