The holidays are done and dusted, and because the decorations are all packed your bare mantel looks pretty sad. What to do? Create a winter display. Whatever your style, the following ideas share how to cheer up a blah mantel using colors, textures, and natural elements that beautifully reflect the season.
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Decorating for Winter
The blogger held to a palette of creamy whites, icy blues, and warm, woodsy tones. Natural elements including fuzzy cotton stems and scraggy pine cones infuse visual interest. Another good to know, every mantel needs a large item that anchors the display. Here, a mirror placed in the middle balances the arrangement.Continue to 2 of 27 below.
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You can buy oversized wood beads at most craft stores. Before stringing, just paint some of the baubles any shade you please using chalk or mineral paint (both types are fume-free).Continue to 3 of 27 below.
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Pretty Winter Mantel
A deep, blue candle holder (shown on the right) was the inspiration behind her styled mantel. The blogger says its color reminds her of the winter sky. Next, she hung a retro bird chart to anchor the arrangement. A couple of grapevine wreaths offset the ceilings tins behind the poster. The finishing embellishments include decorative glass vials, springlike greenery, and a birch bark planter with faux flowers.Continue to 4 of 27 below.
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We mentioned earlier that a large decorative object anchors a mantel scape. The pillar for this winter display by Sue at A Purdy Little House is a DIY wreath. The blogger made it using craft supplies she had laying around. Birch branches, pine cones, and faux evergreens are additional elements that pour on the seasonal charm. Notice the books? Their spines were turned inward to create a more uniform look.Continue to 5 of 27 below.
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Borrow Christmas Decor
The blogger says there's a fine line between both Christmas and winter décor, so it's OK if your seasonal display borrows stuff from your holiday storage bins. Here, she uses yuletide pieces including garland and decorative trees to spruce up her mantel. To keep the arrangement from feeling too Christmassy, she didn't use red.Continue to 6 of 27 below.
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Bring on the Hygge
Create a hygge inspired winter mantel like this one by Kelly at The Lily Pad Cottage. A sign featuring a lovely quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a homey accent. The white candles establish a cozy vibe.Continue to 7 of 27 below.
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Vintage Winter Mantel
Every good idea starts with a little inspiration. A red encyclopedia set discarded by a neighbor kicked off this winter mantel by Kelly Elko. For whimsy, she added her favorite decorative creatures including a squirrel nutcracker. The faux succulents peeking out from the pages came next. A vintage chalkboard nicely frames the entire display.Continue to 8 of 27 below.
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Simply Winter Mantel
If your decorating style can be summed up as "less is more," behold this winter mantel by Jane and Sonja at Sustain my Craft Habit. The display features a few simple DIY pieces. Our favorite is the driftwood garland dipped in copper paint. Branches cut from a balsam fir shrub add some natural greenery. So that you know, the needles on this particular evergreen will stay put on cut branches for months without water.Continue to 9 of 27 below.
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You don't need a built-in mantel to create a vintage-inspired vignette as shown by Liz Marie. The one in her home is an antique propped up against the wall. The two old trunks came next. Then she placed an Underwood typewriter, and several more vintage finds on top. The wintry touches held over from Christmas include a wreath and garland.Continue to 10 of 27 below.
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A cabin-inspired winter mantel like this one spotted on Lily and Val will get you through the entire season including the holidays. The trick is sticking to seasonal items that don't scream Christmas.
First off, a collection of papier-mâché taxidermy establishes the whimsical theme for the display. Instead of using string lights for mood lighting there's an Edison bulb on a dimmer. A pair of snowshoes, layered banners, and a little moose figure all add to the arrangement's wintry vibe.Continue to 11 of 27 below.
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Glamorous Winter Mantel
Dress up your bare mantel, with faux greenery and pom-pom garland.
This decorating DIY by Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile uses faux lamb's ear (the latter is a plant with suede-like leaves), multihued pine cones, and chunky white yarn. To make your dazzling display even more glamorous, the blogger suggests adding battery operated string lights.Continue to 12 of 27 below.
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Make a Statement
Adorn your mantel with a seasonal statement. This DIY sign by Doreen at Hymns and Verses beautiful sums up the time of year directly after the holidays. Her display also features two tin lanterns and a painted wood tray loaded with frosted pine cones.Continue to 13 of 27 below.
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Bottle Brush Trees
Instead of hiding her flat-screen she decorated around it. In between the two faux evergreens is a collection of small bottle brush trees. Afterward, the blogger sprinkled on some modern farmhouse style using faux, white antlers, pine cone garland, and a bundle of birch logs.Continue to 14 of 27 below.
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Neutral Winter Mantel
The blogger says she shopped around her home for all the décor. Two vintage window frames anchor the display. The faux trees and snowflake accents were held over from Christmas. The glass candle holders and pine cone garland both inject contrasting colors and textures.Continue to 15 of 27 below.
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French Country Mantel
Here's an idea by Courtney at French Country Cottage that upcycles leftover Christmas garland. The decoration made of fresh-cut greenery dried out nicely over the holidays, so she used it to spruce up her winter mantel. For extra color and texture, the blogger layered on dried peonies and evergreen branches. To complete her display's French country look, she added several LED candles.Continue to 16 of 27 below.
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Pine Cone Mantel
Are you recovering from a case of Christmas decoration overload? Than a serene mantel like this display by Suzy at Worthing Court Blog might be the cure. The woods around her home inspired her winter arrangement that features bare branches, natural greenery, and large pine cones.Continue to 17 of 27 below.
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Don't have a fireplace? All you need is a mantel shelf to create a vintage-inspired vignette as shown by Stephanie at The Cozy Old Farmhouse. Besides the natural greenery, most of the pieces including the folding yardstick are found treasures picked up for cheap at local yard sales.Continue to 18 of 27 below.
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Cotton Ball Garland
When decorating a dark mantel, it's important to incorporate items that will pop. For instance, this winter scape by Taryn Whiteaker features decorative pieces in soft, contrasting colors. FYI, the garland is a cute accent anyone can make using cotton balls and embroidery floss.Continue to 19 of 27 below.
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Late Winter Mantel
If you're feeling a little antsy for spring, refresh your mantel with beautiful blooms. This late winter mantelshelf by Amanda at Love and Renovations got a room-brightening lift from grocery store flowers. To make her floral arrangement appear more expensive, the blogger combined buds and sprigs from different bouquets.Continue to 20 of 27 below.
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Sheet Music Wreath
This wintry mantel by Elizabeth and Company Vintage celebrates the season with handmade decorations. A ruffled wreath made of sheet music turns a brick wall into a focal point. Gold painted frames add a little glitz.Continue to 21 of 27 below.
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Disco Ball Mantel
Winter just may be the perfect time to add layers of texture and shine to your post-holidays mantel. This example by Heather at Setting for Four features disco balls and a large mirror that pour on the glimmer. Metal accents including the candle holders inject beautiful sparkle. For contrast, pine cones and greenery boost visual warmth.Continue to 22 of 27 below.
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Capture the spirit of winter with these simple ideas by Brandi Sawyer. She combines glittery garland and white décor with woodsy pine cones.Continue to 23 of 27 below.
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Silver platters and vintage trophies are just a few of things that dress up this winter mantel by Vicki at 2 Bees in a Pod. Fresh moss brings dashes of greenery. The rustic wreath was made lickety-split by affixing puffs of natural cotton to a grapevine wreath form.Continue to 24 of 27 below.
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Pom-Pom WreathContinue to 25 of 27 below.
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Because winter isn't very colorful, this mantelshelf decorated by Kimberly at A Wonderful Thought sticks to neutral shades. A pallet wood chalkboard sits front and center. The snowshoes are a fun seasonal accent. The banner is a DIY decoration from the blogger's Christmas collection.Continue to 26 of 27 below.
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This ski-inspired mantel by Amy at My Life From Home is loaded with rustic and homey accents. A cute banner and mini snow skis set the theme. For color, she added faux greenery. A mirror and rustic window frame anchor the arrangement.Continue to 27 of 27 below.
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