This year is my very first year that I’ve had an actual mantel!! Our new house has a fireplace and had an antique wood mantel that surrounded it. It had come from another house and was not built in. It was attached by screws to the wall and didn’t really match my style. I was hoping we would get a really fireplace and mantel built before Christmas, but that is not going to happen this year. Instead, we hung up this beautiful shelf that my hubby built me for our first Christmas together. It was just the perfect size for our first Christmas mantel.
I love classic Christmas colors. Most of my other decorations are red and white. So I wanted to keep with that theme but added some touches of green to liven up the space. I found this empty white frame I had stashed away and hung my favorite boxwood wreath (from Target) from the top of the frame with some red and white ribbon. I found these battery operated lights on a wire (so they could be shaped) from Target and added a strand to the wreath.
I added this Let is Snow free Printable with the red frame to bring in more red. I have to admit, red is my favorite color. I updated one of my spring blooms pots with some red polka dots to match the classic Christmas colors I wanted to tie in for my mantel.
I absolutely love the look of wool felt ball garland. I didn’t want to make one so I ordered this red, green and white garland from The Banner Shoppe. I had a white cabinet door that I placed on it’s side and used as a backdrop of my garland. The pinecone and berries tree I found at Target and thought it would add a nice earthy element to my Christmas Mantel.
I am a big fan of banners. And more specifically, pennant banners. I just used some Christmas scrapbook paper, green card stock and baker’s twine to create this simple pennant banner to add to the front of my mantel.
Even though the hearth is not actually part of a mantel, I wanted to add a little something cozy for the Christmas season. My gift wrap pillow was made for me by my mother in law last year at Christmas.
I love the completed look of my Christmas Mantel. I think it is so me. Classic Christmas colors with some old things I already had on hand and a few new pieces that I love.
It even looks cute with the stockings hung up. Now I just need to find a 3rd matching stocking. :/
To continue with the Mantel theme, I joined with 14 top bloggers in the Christmas Mantel Blog Hop!
There are so many different styles and pieces used to decorate these mantels. There really is something for everyone.
I hope you take a minute to check out these beautiful Christmas Mantels:
Here are some other simple decorating ideas you might enjoy: