1. Pops of Red
A winter wonderland theme with pops of red make this mantel timeless. Fair Isle stockings and plaid wrapping paper are Christmas classics, as are birch logs and red berries. After the Christmas season, the stockings, ornaments, and presents can be removed, but leave the remaining mantel decorations intact throughout the winter season.
2. Simple Noel
An evergreen garland flanked by two neutral lanterns gives this mantel a simple yet festive feel. Gold stocking holders spelling NOEL add a touch of shine.
3. Statement Piece
The DIY wooden sign on this mantel packs a Christmas punch. An old fishing bait bucket filled with birch logs, greenery, and miniature skis adds a rustic feel to the mantel. Plaid books and a small tree stacked on top of a pedestal give good height to balance out the other side of the display. And fresh greenery draped across the top of the mantel anchors all the decor.
4. Classic Winter Whites
Keeping things simple with classic winter whites, this mantel gives off a warm and cozy Christmas vibe. Sweater and fur stockings and fuzzy blankets in a basket give the mostly white display texture. Flocking on the greenery complements the other white accessories and breaks up all the green.
5. Touches of Gold
White and gold will always be a classic Christmas color combo. Greenery adds a more festive look to this mantel, while vintage-looking lanterns anchor the mantel and the hearth.
6. Gold and Green
Greenery and paper-whites are always a timeless choice. A gold frame with a simple wreath is the centerpiece of this mantel. A beautiful garland made with apples is the perfect way to dress a large section of a mantel. And remember to get paper-whites planted 6 to 8 weeks before Christmas.
7. Classic Red
Need to decorate a mantel on a budget? Gifts or empty boxes wrapped in holiday gift wrap and adorned with different ribbons and bows are the perfect way to add timeless holiday cheer to a mantel. For an extra pop of interest, add a garland.
8. Woodland Joy
Spelling out a Christmas word on scrap wood is a great way to be different in decorating while still maintaining a classic look. Other unique ideas include marquee letters and painted papier-mache letters. Greenery and burlap stockings complete this woodland look.
9. Ornament Garland
Each item on this mantel could stay up year-round. But once an ornament garland is added, it instantly become Christmas-y. Plus, ornament garlands are fairly simple to make yourself.
10. Snow-Covered Style
It's safe to say that Christmas and snow go hand in hand. So why not add all things flocked to a mantel? Keep things simple by sticking to two colors.