Today we are going to learn how to design an elegant Christmas mantel with an easy step-by-step process! Let’s create some Christmas magic and build this Christmas garland from scratch.
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How to Decorate a Christmas Mantel
There is more to creating an elegant Christmas mantel than simply hanging garland on a mantle. However, creating a layered Christmas mantel isn’t difficult!
Today I’m going to share my step by step process and Christmas decorating tips to show you how easy it is to design a showstopper Christmas mantel garland.
Additionally, today 20 of my talented friends are also sharing their beautiful mantels as part of the Seasonal Simplicity blog hop hosted by Krista from The Happy Housie! Make sure to check out all of their inspiring mantels linked at the end of this post.
Key Elements of an Elegant Christmas Mantel
First, let’s start by studying what key elements make up an elegant Christmas mantel.
- A Variety of Garlands
- Faux Stems
- Faux Picks
- Accents and Embellishments
All of these key elements will be part of the actual mantel garland. Additionally, you can add Christmas fireplace decor on top of the mantel.
Here are some examples of fireplace mantel Christmas decor ideas:
- Tabletop Pine Trees
- Bottlebrush Trees
- Themed items like rustic cabin or woodland accents.
- Seasonal accents like snowmen, elves, reindeer…etc.
How to Create a Cohesive Mantel
As you are gathering the items you want to use to decorate your Christmas mantel, keep in mind cohesiveness.
Mixing and matching different greenery is a great way to add interest and movement to your mantel.
However, you want to be sure that the additional elements you incorporate mesh well to create a curated look. To do so, use some of these strategies as you plan your Christmas mantel decor.
- Stick to a color scheme of 2 main coordinating colors and 1 contrasting color.
- My mantel color scheme is green and gold with white accents.
- Choose a theme to work from and focus your decor around. Some options are:
- Winter Wonderland
- Nature Rustic
- Around the World
- Vintage/Old Fashioned
- Sometimes cohesiveness means adding more and sometimes it means taking away. If it’s feeling off, try removing elements to tone it down.
How to Hang Garland on a Mantle
Once you’ve gathered all of your materials, it’s time to decorate your Christmas fireplace mantel!
If you’d like to see this mantel come together in real time, make sure to check out my YouTube video!
The first step to hanging garland on a mantel is choosing the proper method of securing it.
There are a few ways to hang garland on a mantel, but it depends on what type of mantel you have. The construction will determine what method you must use, but here are some options.
- Command hooks
- Metal Stocking Holders
- Fireplace Stocking AND Garland Hanger (Two in One)
- Adjustable Stocking and Garland Hanger
Since I have a 100 year old barn beam mantel, I simply use nails. My mantel has tons of marks and character from natural aging, so small nail holes don’t impact it negatively.
Next, it’s all about the layering!
There are a variety of ways to hang a garland on a mantel. You can hang it asymmetrically, which I teach you how to do in this post.
Or you can layer it swag style, like I’m doing today. For this method, start with your longest garland first.
Secure it on both sides and in the middle, if necessary.
Next, add another contrasting garland that is the same length. (See image above for progression.)
After that, layer on a substantial garland in the center. Then, drape each side with thicker garland so the draped sides aren’t sparse.
Add as many garlands as you’d like to get the fullness desired. My mantel has 5 full garlands on it.
Layer in Embellishments, Stems and Picks
Once you’ve secured all the garland, you can fill in holes or gaps with stems and picks.
I always use a variety of greens and florals. This year, I’ve included the following accents throughout the garland.
- 4 Eucalyptus stems
- 2 Pine branches
- 5 Glittered greens
- 2 Glitter gold leaves
- 6 Gold glitter hydrangea picks
- 1 Strand Gold Bells
And finally, I added a strand of battery operated twinkle lights.
More Christmas Decor for Mantel Styling
Now that the garland is complete, let’s talk about how to style the top of the mantel.
Below you’ll see four options at varying levels from plain to elaborate. I love how layering allows you to choose how simple or intricate you want the final look to be.
After Thanksgiving our family always gets a real tree and we decorate it family style. For now, this faux tree holds it’s place.
This year I really went fairly elaborate on my Christmas mantel compared to years past! I love the extra cozy glow it offers. You can check out some of my other Christmas mantels for more inspiration below.
- How-To Style Asymmetrical Christmas Garland
- Stone Fireplace Star Christmas Mantel
- Christmas Mantel With Lighted Garland
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, of sorts.
20 More Christmas Mantels That InspireAs I mentioned, today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas with you as well. Be sure to visit their posts by clicking on the links below the images.
Snowy Natural Rustic Christmas Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie
Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Garland at Maison de Pax
How to Create a Gorgeous Full Christmas Mantel Garland at Maison de Cinq
How to Design an Elegant Christmas Mantel at Grace In My Space
Festive Farmhouse Holiday Mantel Decor at She Gave it a Go
Colorful Holiday Bedroom Mantel at Tatertots and Jello
Classic Burgundy and Silver Mantel at Deeply Southern Home
A Traditional Red and Silver Christmas Mantel at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Elegant Holiday Mantel with Candlesticks at Modern Glam
Console Table Holiday Mantel at Rooms for Rent
How to Decorate a Rustic Christmas Mantel at The Tattered Pew
Neutral Christmas Mantel with Green Garland at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Red and White Modern Holiday Mantel at This is Simplicite
Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel Ideas at Clean and Scentsible
Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Ideas at Life is a Party
Our Outdoor Fireplace at Christmas at This is Our Bliss
A Christmas Village Mantel at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
An Elegant Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators
Green and Gold Neutral Holiday Mantel at Joanna Anastasia
Warm and Elegant Holiday Mantel at Life is Better at Home