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Decorating a Christmas Mantel

Find Inspiration to Decorate Your Mantel This Christmas

Are you ready to start decorating for Christmas? I love the holiday season so much and am always excited to start decorating my home. My favorite spot to deck out is my mantel. Let me offer some inspiration with my Christmas mantel decor ideas.

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I always get so giddy around November because our home is totally transformed. My children love this time of year and the older ones are now such a big part of all the decorating. I usually start decorating the day after Halloween, but this year, that was not in the stars!

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Not only did life seriously get in the way of decorating for Christmas early, but we also had a snafu with our Christmas tree. My older son took the tree down from the attic to surprise us, he put it all together, only to realize that the lights weren’t working!

Good grief!

It took us six hours and a ton of stores to finally find a tree that we loved and could afford. But we prevailed and got a very affordable gorgeous tree! Once the tree situation was fixed, I was able to focus on getting everything else in its place.

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This year I kept with last year’s frosted berries and candy canes look in our living room. I decided to fill the mantel with different sized wreaths. A few new wreaths and a couple new accent pieces and I was able to complete this year’s mantel.

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I combined frosted with non-frosted berries as well as some flocked wreaths. Mixing them up gives it some interest and the different textures combine beautifully.

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The wreaths by themselves didn’t provide enough height for the mantel so I went on the hunt for a Christmas sign and a couple taller pieces that would achieve that. I found this sign that has great height and contrasts perfectly against the white. Plus, the words couldn’t have been more perfect for the season.

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My son set up my gingerbread sets on each side of the mantel. They are so cute and he did a great job at setting up the scenes!

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I carefully layered the wreaths in front of each other. This was a balancing act since the mantel is not that wide, but I managed to get everything in its place, and stepped back very slowly without breathing!

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I got a couple flocked pine trees to balance the height on the other side and added a few final pieces in the middle and the sides.

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I love my “frosted” Frosty! Ryan gave him to me a few years ago, and I think he adds a perfect touch to the mantel.

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There you have it! A very easy to put together, wreath-filled mantel.

Merry Christmas!

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  • Susan Echols says:

    Hi, Valerie. Katherine E’s mom here. Sure love to see your beautiful ideas on your blog. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  • Erin says:

    This mantle is so adorable! As you said, the different textures make this a simply amazing look!

  • Love all those red berry wreaths. They pair beautifully with the “Joy to the World” sign. Have a wonderful Christmas season!

  • Such a gorgeous mantel, I love that you used several different wreaths on it and its so colorful! I hate when the lights don’t work on the tree, we had that happen a couple of years ago and it really does throw a wrench in your entire day!


  • Love your use of red and white. So smart to layer wreaths with different textures – we love the look! Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas.

  • Hi Valerie, I love the idea of using so much wreath’s on the mantle. And all your decor looks so pulled together and gorgeous. Christine stopping by from Little Brags (today’s Front Porches) .

  • Malinda says:

    I love all the red!! Beautifully done and it feels so festive!!

  • Such a pretty and festive theme! I love how everything looks together.

  • Lindsey says:

    I love your red and white touches to your fireplace! It’s all stunning.

  • Such a fun mantel! Festive and bright for the season! Merry Christmas!

  • Girl I loved what you did today! I learned so much and loved being on this home tour with you!

  • Kristen says:

    So cute! I love the red and white all over and that sign is adorable! Pretty!

  • Lori says:

    Great idea to use a combination of pretty wreaths for your mantel! Love the red and white festive colour scheme. Your stockings are a perfect match and look terrific. The Joy to the World sign is indeed a very appropriate one for the season and ties in wonderfully with your look.

  • Kristin says:

    Val, I love it! I love the layers of wreaths! I did that this fall and am inspired to do it for Christmas now! Love the reds and whites, it is so happy and festive, no wonder your kids love to help!!

  • Bree says:

    your mantle is gorgeous!! So glad we all teamed up on this blop hop!!

  • I love your mantel! So festive and colorful! My favorite is that little wreath with the candy cane striped berries – super cute!

  • Marci says:

    Valerie, I love your peppermint tree!!! Great job on your Christmas mantel! Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  • Tara says:

    Your mantel is both beautiful and fun! Really love all the different textures you brought together!

  • I love the sign and all the berry wreaths! So festive! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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