This winter, invite friends and family to gather around your living room hearth, complete with a custom Christmas mantel display.

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The key to a beautiful Christmas mantel display is all about balancing height, color, and dimension. Below, we show you how to incorporate these three important elements into your holiday mantel decor. With quick DIY projects and lush evergreen accents, this stunning Christmas mantel is so beautiful that you won't want to take it down after the holiday season!

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1. Upgrade Your Christmas Garland

A traditional pine garland stretches across the base of our fireplace mantel. Wrapped in a red buffalo plaid ribbon and adorned with pinecones, the evergreen garland is a beautiful focal point to the fireplace. You can choose to hang stockings from the branches of the garland, but we recommend tucking adhesive hooks underneath the greenery for an effective way to hold up the weight of a filled stocking. As a safety precaution, never hang stockings or garland too close to an open fireplace if it will be in use. 

If you love the look of these sweater stockings, you can make your own with our helpful steps.

Download our Free Sweater Stocking Guide
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2. Make Your Own Pom-Poms

Get creative with DIY Christmas mantel decorations. Make your own pom-pom garland to string around your Christmas tree or drape over a mantel display. Try an all-red design for a traditional holiday look, or switch up the colors depending on your aesthetic. 

If you've made pom-poms before, you know it can be tedious work. However, with our how-to instructions you can make multiple poms at once.

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3. Use What You Already Have

Christmas mantel decorating ideas can be as simple as rethinking items you already own. Lanterns are beautiful decor, both indoors and out. Place a few of various sizes on your mantel to give your display some height. Have fun choosing what pieces will go inside. An obvious answer is pillar candles, but we also love this bottlebrush tree scene. To learn how to make your own bottlebrush trees, check out our easy instructions.

Red berry accented wreath on rustic wood

4. Hang a Christmas Wreath

Welcome family and guests into your home with a bright, cheerful Christmas wreath at the heart of your mantel. For a modern take on the traditional look, start with a plain evergreen wreath and embellish with various winter greens and bright red berries. If you can't find a wreath at the store that satisfies your design eye, don't be afraid to make your own. We made this one and couldn't be happier. See how we made this easy DIY evergreen wreath here.

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December 11, 2018
So Pretty and Cheery Christmas Mantel Ideas!