7 Holiday Mantel Ideas That Are Full of Charm

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

Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming, but an easy go-to spot for decorations is your fireplace mantel. Transform your living room with Christmas mantel decor for the ultimate fireplace focal point. The key to a beautiful Christmas mantel display is balancing the size and colors of your accessories. Quick DIY projects, lush evergreen accents, and items you already own can combine to create a stunning holiday mantel. When friends and family come to celebrate the holidays, your tree won't be the only item receiving compliments. These seven Christmas mantel ideas will help you show off your style and come together in minutes.

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Jay Wilde

1. Upgrade Your Christmas Garland

A traditional pine garland stretches across the base of this fireplace mantel. Wrapped in red buffalo-plaid ribbon and adorned with pinecones, the evergreen garland becomes a beautiful focal point. 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.

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Jay Wilde

2. Use What You Already Have

Christmas mantel decor can be as simple as rethinking items you already own. Lanterns look good with a variety of decorating styles and can be used outdoors once the holiday season is over. 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. Another holiday mantel idea? Fill your lanterns with ornaments in a coordinating color scheme.

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Jay Wilde

3. Hang a Christmas Wreath

Welcome family and guests into your home with a bright, cheerful Christmas wreath at the heart of your fireplace mantel. For a modern take on the traditional look, start with a plain evergreen wreath and embellish with various faux 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.

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Jay Wilde

4. 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 fireplace 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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Jacob Fox

5. Use Gingerbread as Decor

Making a gingerbread house doesn't just have to be for fun. Try creating a gingerbread house village with multiple cookie homes, trees, and animals for a unique Christmas fireplace display. Use a light dusting of faux snow to create a wintry effect on your village. Frost your gingerbread village with white icing for a classic look, or opt for colors or candies that match your holiday palette.

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Adam Albright

6. Layer Mirrors

Mantel decor for the holidays can include pieces you wouldn't originally consider. For a simple yet dramatic look, layer vintage mirrors on your living room mantel for a unique holiday display. Adding white lights and strands of evergreen garland keep your holiday mantel simple but charming.

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Adam Albright

7. Display Your Favorite Artwork

Showcasing holiday-inspired artwork is an easy way to create a focal point on your fireplace mantel. Whether it's a family photograph or a Christmas phrase, artwork can help you achieve a beautiful holiday mantel. Adding in greenery, a Christmas village, or string lots can help fill in empty space on your display. If you can't find what you're looking for, try creating your own sign with our tips for hand-lettering.

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