Do you want to create an interesting focal point with your Christmas mantel design? Learn how to layer Christmas mantel garland to make a statement with a unique asymmetrical design!
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Joining me today are many talented bloggers also sharing their Christmas mantels and vignettes for the holiday season! Make sure to visit their blogs linked at the end of this article for loads of Christmas mantel decor ideas.
Christmas Mantel Garland Design
Last year, my Christmas mantel was very different! It was more moody, had a different mantel entirely, and was more traditional in style. So this year I wanted to try something new.
(You can see how we installed this 100 year old barn beam as a mantel in this tutorial.)
Creating an asymmetrical garland design is something I’ve wanted to try all year and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
One of the most often asked questions I receive is, “How do you get such a full garland?” My secret trick? I used 7 different faux greenery garlands to create the look, along with some faux stems.
The more layers you add, the fuller and more realistic it appears! Unfortunately, faux garlands are typically sparse and short. So adding layers is your best bet to get the look of real greenery, without having to deal with the mess of it.
Plus, a variety of styles adds texture, color, shape and interest. I used a few flocked garlands, glittery garlands, traditional pines and cypress and also some springy stems to mix up the color.
I put together an IGTV video on how to layer garlands for my Instagram followers, and thought I’d share it here as well for my visual learners.
Christmas Mantel Accents
Once you’ve layered your garlands, it’s totally up to you what accents you add next! Pillar candles, taper candles and bottle brush trees are all classic favorites of mine.
Candles are so cozy and will most likely be what I add after Christmas is over!
However, for my Christmas mantel decor, I wanted to use a variety of bottle brush trees. Originally, I planned to go with a monochromatic color scheme.
But then I found this extremely affordable set with multiple colors and decided to go all in!
I paired those with some favorites from past seasons and love how it turned out!
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And of course, a Christmas mantel isn’t complete without the stockings. I tried two different varieties this year and can’t decide which I like more! What would be your vote?
The traditional white knit stockings?
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Or, these beautiful hand made chenille patterned stockings gifted to me from my friend Bianca? She has several beautiful patterns, including grain sack stockings. You can use the code GRACE15 for 15% off as well!
These gorgeous Christmas pillows are also from Bianca. With Lavender and Grace is one of my favorite small shops so I’d love for you to head to her shop this season!
And that’s all there is to it! My son cut me some logs to put in my antique crock to mimic firewood, and I cut up this bell garland to add accents to my stockings.
I topped it off with a mirror to help amplify the glow of the tree lights once they are up as well!
More Christmas Inspiration to Come!
Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today to see how I created this asymmetrical Christmas mantel garland! This is the first of my Christmas decor related posts so stay tuned for much more to come!
35 Inspiring Holiday Mantels
Please make sure to visit my fellow bloggers articles as well today! 35 Christmas mantels and vignettes are sure to be inspirational!
Welcome to the fourth week of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series! Today a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing our Holiday Mantels and a few vignette decorating ideas, to help inspire you for the upcoming holidays. Click on the links below each image to be taken directly to the different posts.