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Fresh pomegranates pop against a fragrant evergreen garland and a row of mini conifers. Sprigs of red crystals tucked into the evergreens repeat the color of the pomegranates on a smaller scale and add some sparkle.
Outfit your mantel with a variety of objects that feature a common denominator. Here, natural elements in classic red and green create a cohesive look -- from the unassuming green pine boughs to the red tulips and calla lilies. The grapevine star adds a textural backdrop to the mantel display.
Have a wide assortment of pieces to display? Arrange them in a symmetrical pattern for an organized -- not cluttered -- look. Each side of this mantel mirrors the other. A hurricane and bottle-brush tree ensemble, along with two stockings, dress each side. The symmetry extends to the surrounding built-ins, which are outfitted with more Christmas collectibles and matching wreaths.
Editor's Tip: The objects used to decorate the mantel are carefully chosen for size so they don't interfere with the television screen.
Dress your mantel in a flash with a statement-making wreath. Although unadorned, this handsome green wreath is eye-catching because of its size, which is perfectly scaled to the handsome fireplace.
Add a pop of citrus to your mantel with lemons, limes, kumquats, and clementines artfully arranged on trays along with miniature sparkling ornaments. Fill in the open spaces with springs of greenery and classic white pillar candles.
Editor's Tip: Highlight the trays with no-sew runners. Using a 1/2 yard of white felt from a crafts store, cut a piece for each arrangement that is slightly narrower than the tray and long enough to hang over the mantel (but not too close to the hearth for safety reasons). Snip the ends to a point.
Shiny CDs topped with inexpensive snowflake ornaments string across the front of this mantel for a sparkling display. Use clear industrial-strength glue (available at crafts stores) to attach one or more glittered snowflake ornaments to the CDs.
To form the garland, snip bead garland into short pieces. Using a double strand of thread, tie one end of the garland to the tip of a snowflake. Continue until the entire strand is formed. If the CDs tip forward when hung, tape coins (as weights) to the back along the lower edge until they stay upright.
Decorating the mantel doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive. Thicken store-bought garlands by adding fresh greens from the yard, or plump a fresh garland or wreath with faux greens. Then, dress up the garland as much as you'd like with easy accents, such as apples, pinecones, wooden blocks, ornaments, or ribbon to give it still-life look.
Old-style stockings bring color to the neutral wood mantel. Providing a modern touch, no-fuss office supply name tags personalize them.
Nestle candlesticks among greenery and rest an ornament or tree-topper finial on each candlestick, securing it with a little candle wax. This is a great way to showcase special ornaments -- but be sure to secure the elements of this arrangement so nothing gets broken.
Massing the candles together and arranging them with an eye for their height and shape will make an attractive display.
Create a cold-weather focal point for your mantel with this easy arrangement of items you probably have around the house.
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