Decorate Your Mantel for Christmas

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Let beautiful mantel decor turn your fireplace into an eye-catching focal point for the holidays. We have Christmas mantel decorating ideas for every style and budget.

Perfect Palette

A festive display of trees, presents, and reindeer doesn't have to be overwhelming—just stick to a simple color palette. This gorgeous Christmas fireplace decor incorporates frosty hues of white, silver, and gold for big-impact style with only a few colors. 

Sweater Weather

Mantel decor doesn't get much simpler than this cheery display. All you need are a few old sweaters in holiday hues of red and green. The minimal design adds cheery color without a lot of fuss. 

Light the Night

Christmas lights aren't just for the tree. Lighted garland is an easy way to make a big statement without a high cost. Attached ornaments, floral arrangements, and a gold statement piece complete this mantel display. 

Oh What Fun

Modern Christmas mantel ideas aren't limited to red and green. Depending on the rest of your room's decor, try experimenting with pinks, oranges, and blues. Metallic accents—such as the gold star and flower pots on this bright mantel—add a touch of holiday glitz. 

Cozy Cabin Decor

Make Christmas mantel decorating stress-free with low-fuss accents found around the house. Here, a black, white, and green palette complements Scandinavian-inspired holiday touches, including wood candlestick holderss, small white trees, and sprigs of evergreen. Black-and-white family photographs add a nostalgic element to the display.

Bold Blue

Bright blue looks beautiful with silver, white, and evergreen—and this festive mantel is proof. Glass ornaments and figurines are intertwined with a living garland, while a simple wreath draws the eye in. 

Classic Red & Green

For a classic Christmas, stick to hues of rich, holly red and deep, emerald green. This simple yet stunning mantel incorporates plenty of beloved holiday features, including candles and a trim evergreen wreath. A garland of rich red ornaments adds a touch of modernity to the display. 

The Right Formula

Outfit your mantel with a variety of objects that feature a common denominator. Here, lots of ornaments steal the show. They're embedded in a simple garland, and adorned to tiny trees on either end of the mantel. 

Christmas Garden

Poinsettia bracts in shades of red and pink stand proudly in mismatched glasses standing in as vases. The different shades of pink soften the look of the crisp white mantel and surround.

Golden Accents

This fireplace mantel decor goes for the gold. On top of the mantel, small flowerpots have been painted gold and filled with holiday blooms for a fun and easy project. Below, a spectacular display of wrapped presents and lanterns draws the eye in. 

A Balancing Act

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.

Vintage-Look Display

Outfit your fireplace with repurposed Christmas mantel decorations. Vintage window panes are an unexpected addition to a classic wreath, pom-pom garland, and simple knit stockings. 

Simple Seasonal Change

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.

Editor's Tip: Hang the wreath over a mirror for a reflective element. Mercury glass candleholders and votives add gleam to the scene.

Merry & Bright

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.

Vintage Vision

When it comes to fireplace Christmas decorations, take the opportunity to show off your favorite collectibles. This grouping of treasured stockings looks as good now as it did 20 years ago. Whole fruits intertwined with the green boughs add a pop of brightness. 

Pretty Peppermint

This sweet scene gets its charm from red, white, and green peppermints. Clusters of candy and striped candles create a holly jolly mantel scene. 

Editor's Tip: To enhance the look, add a bright red wreath and mini trees to the lineup.

Forest Flavor

Take your mantel-decorating cue from the facade's color. This warm green space is outfitted with a simple fireplace Christmas garland made of fresh evergreen branches. Snowy white stockings hang from the mantel, pointing toward the birch logs below.

Happy Together

All the elements—oil painting, wall sconces, garland, tree toppers, and floral picks—work together to create this mantel display inspired by a classic winter scene. The bright blue ornaments add a jolt of energy. 

Puppy Love

When it comes to fireplace mantel ideas, small bits of color go a long way. Here, a handful of bright glass ornaments carefully arranged along the mantel wake up the white surround. Year-round porcelain dog figurines also welcome Christmas by being outfitted with whimsical collars made of wreaths and ribbons.

Traditional Greens

Lush swags of leaves, greens, and branches layered along the mantel add an immediate holiday feel. Silver touches and pure-white candles add more holiday shine.

Country Classic

If you're searching for country Christmas mantel decorating ideas, look no further. This rustic scene takes the cake. To get the look, make use of plaid trees, stockings, and snowflakes. A pair of adorned skis next to the fireplace add a whimsical touch.

Music to the Eyes

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.

A Festive Collection

Grace the mantel with classic collectibles, such as pewter pitchers and vases. Surrounded by evergreen boughs and filled with red and green blooms, everyday items become festive fireplace mantel decor. 

Mix & Match

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.

Stocking Feat

Old-style stockings bring color to a neutral wood mantel. To customize, simply attach a no-fuss office supply tag to each stocking. All that's left is to stuff them full of treats!

Playful Figurines

It can be hard to find a spot for tiny trinkets, but consider your mantel for the job. These adorable woodland figurines find a home among pinecones, evergreen boughs, and bright red blooms. 

Old-Fashioned Elegance

For a unique twist on fireplace Christmas garland, look to a poinsettia-studded piece. Pinecones and mother-of-pearl ornaments add texture and shine. 

Lush Lines

A large frame is a simple but stunning backdrop for an enormous cross stitch. Decorative candles line each side of the frame, and stockings made from the same materials continue the theme. 

Rosy Reds

Fireplace Christmas decorating ideas don't get more wow-worthy than this rosy red display. Bold wrapped boxes top the mantel, while a stunning poinsettia garland wraps around the edge. 

Gold & Whites

An antique gilt frame showcases a classic wreath adorned with cream and white ribbon. Tall white flower arrangements add vertical interest.

Homespun Hearth

Reclaimed wood makes a statement on this homey mantel. Topped with silver reindeer and sprigs of fresh green, this mantelscape is simple, yet stylish. 

Penguin Parade

Transform your living room into a polar oasis with a black, white, and gold scheme brimming with upscale wintry accents. A flock of stoic penguins huddled in front of the hearth adds a bit of whimsy to the otherwise elegant mantel.

Gentle Touches

A garland of pleated ribbon forms a band of color between natural linen stockings and a white mantel. Tall topiaries and a wreath of mixed greens bring elements of nature to the setting.

Candle Display

All is bright with this Christmas fireplace decor. Salvaged candle holders light the way to a vintage-inspired mantel. Reindeer and Christmas tree figurines embedded among the candles add extra holiday cheer. 

A Star Was Born

A fun fabric is the key to this simple mantel decor. A large star and tiny trees are covered in a neutral fair isle print. Pops of red and green keep the display from being boring. 

Family Memories

Make space for the ones you love with this sweet idea. Glass bottles are stuffed with greenery and family photos, then effortlessly arranged on the mantel. 

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