Monday, December 3, 2018

Holiday Decor: Mantles!

The mantle is the first thing I decorate each season at our house.  I think about ideas from October 1 on. I have changed it up and done a different design every year we have been married (41!) and I will probably never repeat a design!  There are too many beautiful ideas out there for mantles!

Fireplace mantle decorated with nutcrackers and greenery and a TV showing two christmas trees.


This year I decided I wanted to "shop my basement" when I decorated the mantle. I have so much Christmas decor that I decided to be frugal and decorate with things I already own.  I chose to use nutcrackers because my daughter loves them so very much!

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It's Day 7 and we are sharing Holiday Decor Ideas!

To successfully decorate your mantle, I have five main steps.

Step 1.

Lay down your greens on your mantle. You can use fresh, a pre-lit one, or anything that you want, even fabric, across the mantle.


Step 2.

Determine where you need your height.  In the middle?  On the ends?  For me,  it is on the ends.  Our TV is only a foot from the mantle.  Distribute your decor across your mantle, tweaking as you go.



Step 3.

Add lights.  This year I chose to have twinkling candles instead of lights. I just love the softness of the lights this year!

Step 4.

Add a banner for instant interest and fun!  You can make one or purchase it, but try to keep the colors within your theme.


Step 5.

Add your stockings.  We hang ours on the side of the fireplace because we use the fireplace daily. 




And there you go!  So easy and you didn't even have to spend a dime!

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23 comments:

  1. I love it so much! LOVE! I'm a huge Christmas fanatic, and the thing I get the most excited about is decorating the mantle. It's just the most classic Christmas thing to do.

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  2. We are huge fans of decorating the mantle. There is something very Christmassy about having the lights, stockings and decorations up on it. You’ve got some fab tips there 🎄

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  3. I love these decor ideas and inspiration. I can't wait to get out all the decorations this weekend.

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  4. What a wonderful collection of ideas and we have a fireplace which could do with more decorating!

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  5. Love your idea of using twinkling candles instead of lights! I'm going to try that this year!

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  6. Wow what an amazing collection of ideas for the holidays. Better get to work soon!

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  7. I love how you have done a different mantel for every year you have been married! This looks beautiful! I like the stockings hanging on the side.

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  8. I love your simple and pretty Christmas decorations. I just finished decorating our home. We went fairly kid-friendly this year!

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  9. Great tips for decorating a mantel with a TV above it! It looks beautiful!

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  10. Oh wow, Such a great and fun holiday decor ideas. Those were realy cutr and its really perfect at home.

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  11. I love how you have decorated your mantle, our fireplace does not have a mantle and I always envy those who have it as it allows you to place some lovely decorations on it

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  12. I love how colorful and festive your mantle is! The banner is such a great touch. I’m going to add one to my decor!

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  13. Oh my goodness this mantle is so perfectly pretty! Love all the festive decor but it asti looks classy! I need to step up my mantle game :)

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  14. That was so creative! The decorations are so cute. It's cute how you love to change decorations of your mantles every year. And the giant outdoor lollipop is so so cute. I will make my something like that for our window.

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  15. The mantle is such a focal point and a perfect place to decorate for any holiday. I love the nutcrackers!

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  16. Thanks for sharing your fun and festive ideas. You gave me some new inspiration, thank you

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  17. Wow! I always a good ideas for Mentels!!! These are so good!

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  18. Omg so many cute and festive mantles!!!! I just finished one of mine tonight! I’m a nutcracker fan, so it’s covered in nutcrackers

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  19. Your mantel looks great! I love the nut crackers.

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  20. So nice to see all these beautiful ideas

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  21. Your mantel is so fun and festive! Love all the colors you brought in!

    Best,
    Kelly

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  22. I'll be shopping our basement too this year. I love all the nutcrackers you used on your mantel.

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