How to decorate a mantel for Christmas
Christmas is right around the corner and today I’m going to explain how to decorate a mantel for Christmas. Everyone does it a little different and this year, I focused on an elaborate garland to make a statement on my Christmas mantel.
This post is sponsored by JOANN. All ideas and opinions are my own, always.
Materials to decorate a Holiday Mantel
- 2 – 9′ Christmas Garlands
- Sparkly / textured Christmas Garlands – Cedar Pine, Berry, Pinecone Garland, Glitter Fern Garland
- Variety of floral stems – I used Dahlias and Phalaenopsis
- Several Holiday Floral Picks – Double Gilded Pinecone Spray
- Battery operated LED lights – 50ct LED Euro Lights (white on green)
- Candlesticks (Found on clearance in-store at JOANN)
How to decorate a Christmas Mantel
- Clear off your mantel and give it a good wipe down to remove any dust and to give you a clean slate to work with. I left my round mirror as I wanted to keep it for this year’s Christmas mantel display.
- Add a 9 foot garland to your mantel. I like to double my base garland to make it look nice and full.
- Cut a sparkly or textured garland into a few pieces (I cut mine into 3 pieces) and wedge them into the base garland.
- Add assorted florals throughout the garland. Mix and match your floral selections with varying shapes of flowers and textures. I used Orchids (hanging, linear shape) and dahlias (tucked in, round shape). I also repeated step 3 and cut a glittered fern garland into a few pieces and added them in to add some color and texture.
- Add assorted floral picks and sprays. I used champagne colored, glittery picks and wedged them in throughout.
- Add battery-powered lights – plug-in lights will work if you have a nearby power outlet. I love these LED Euro lights I got from JOANN. I used two sets and they are on a timer so as the sun goes down, the twinkle lights turn on and add a whimsical ambience to the mantel. Its probably my favorite part!
- Add height with candles and candlesticks.
8. Step back and see if anything sticks out or feels out of place to you. I wanted a more symmetrical, balanced look so I tucked my center garlands and orchid up into the base garland a little tighter and I liked the look better. You can do whatever feels right here.
To finish off the space, I added a cute little nutcracker, candle, throw pillow and some bottle brush Christmas Trees to the room. I wasn’t quite ready to put up my tree so my friend and I joked that this is “easing” into Christmas since Thanksgiving hasn’t passed yet. I love the idea of adding a little at a time so the excitement keeps going! I hope you learned how to decorate a mantel and enjoyed this tutorial!
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I love how full it looks!