Decorating your mantel for Christmas is one of those things that just seems more special than decorating other places in the home. (Except the tree!) I think that’s because we associate the fireplace and mantel with warmth and the gathering of family…and also, if you have a fireplace, it’s likely the focal point in a room! So this post, dear TBD readers, is the ultimate in holiday inspiration… DIY Christmas mantel decorating ideas and tutorials! Oh, and on a budget!
First, remember to strip your mantel of its year round decor, if possible. Start with a clean slate… If some of your regular decor fits back in, great! If not, you won’t be trying to create a holiday scheme around items that don’t work.
Second, start with greens, or whatever garland type filler you plan on using. This is your background “fill” and gives your arrangement a full and luscious holiday feeling.
Third, choose a statement piece or two that fits with your holiday theme. Every item you use does not have to be a holiday decoration…you can add the seasonal sparkle with the glitter and glow step, next! Just make sure it fits in your theme… if your holiday theme is Snowmen and Snowflakes, then a brass sculpture of an Indian Elephant that your Aunt Jan gave you is not going to work out. 😉
Fourth, choose things that glow and sparkle. Candles, miniature lights, glittery balls…
Lastly, add stockings! What Christmas mantel is complete without stockings! Needs ideas? Then run over to our post, DIY Christmas Stockings and find tutorials there!
Now that you have the basics, here is the fun part…inspiration! Don’t try to copy one of these mantels piece for piece, that’s not what the holidays is about. Take bits and pieces and ideas here and there, and blend them together for your own Christmas creative mantel.