34 Easy and Elegant Christmas Mantel Decoration Ideas

Christmas Tree and Stocking Near Fireplace


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Decorating the fireplace for the holidays is a holiday tradition. Whether you plan to go over the top with garland or go simple with natural greenery these ideas will add seasonal joy to your home. Here are 34 festive ways to style your mantel for Christmas.

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    Chic Christmas Mantel

    Modern and Fresh Christmas Mantel
    Studio McGee

    Establishing a focal point is the best way to kick off a mantel styling project. This festive ledge by Syd and Shea McGee behind Studio McGee decorates around a large mirror that anchors the display.

    To avoiding overloading the mantel with holiday stuff, the duo suggests adding year-round décor that works for the season. Here the couple used a green vase and brass boxes. Afterward, they sprinkled on a layer of festive ornaments: a metallic tree for holiday sparkle, natural garland for seasonal color, and three Christmas stockings for Santa to fill.

    Chic Christmas Mantel by Studio McGee

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    Christmas Printables

    Clean and Stylish Christmas Mantel
    Nest of Posies

    Take a classic holiday mantel to the next level with this idea by Kellie at Nest of Posies. Her display needed a festive focal point. A whimsical printable got the job done.

    Christmas Printables Idea by Kellie at  Nest of Posies

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    Minimalist Christmas Decor

    Midcentury Inspired Holiday Mantel
    Coco Kelley

    There’s something to be said for holiday décor that doesn't scream Christmas. This chic mantel by Coco Kelley combines traditional elements with a minimalistic flair.

    The gorgeous brass starburst is an everyday accent that doubles as a festive focal point. The decorative nutcrackers are a holiday classic you can break out for years to come. For a soft pop of greenery, the blogger opted for eucalyptus stems instead of seasonal evergreens. The striped candles and bead garland both make a holiday statement without going overboard.

    Minimalist Christmas Decor Idea by Coco Kelley

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    White and Gold Christmas Ornaments

    White and Gold Mantel
    Censtational Style

    White and gold decorations make decking out a mantel for Christmas a snap. For instance, here ceramic trees, snowflake garland, and round ornaments trick out this display by Kate at Censtational Style. FYI, the sconces and mirror are year-round accents.

    White and Gold Christmas Ornaments Idea by Kate at Censtational Style

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    A Charlie Brown Christmas

    Wallpaper Xmas Mantel
    Fat Orange Cat Studio

    Don't have room for a Christmas tree? This mantel by Li Ward at Fat Orange Cat Studio gets a condo holiday ready without the pesky pine needles.

    The inspiration for the display is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Because Ward didn't want to overload her mantel with traditional decorations she kept things simple. The focal point for the mantel is a papier-mâché moose head that the blogger had on hand. The mini tree is an homage to Brown's skimpy evergreen. The stacked books recreate Snoopy's doghouse. The cherry on top of this simple confection is the single red ornament.

    A Charlie Brown Christmas Idea by Fat Orange Cat Studio

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    Bottle Brush Trees

    Colorful Holiday Mantel
    Sugar and Cloth

    Though decorated simply, this adorable mantel by Ashley Rose at ​Sugar and Cloth is brimming with holiday cheer. Setting the stage is a turquoise deer head. Below it is a Christmas printable flanked by trios of bottle brush trees. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

    Bottle Brush Trees Idea by Ashley Rose at ​Sugar and Cloth

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    Cozy Touches

    Farm Fresh Mantel
    The Crafted Sparrow

    The framed poster shown inspired this eye-catching mantel by Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow. Homemade accents in contrasting fabrics including the faux leather banner and pom-pom garland bring on the cozy. 

    Leather Flannel Christmas Mantel Idea by Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow

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    Colorize Your Mantel

    Colorful Holiday Mantel
    Lay Baby Lay

    You needn't invest in pricey holiday decorations with this cute idea by Joni at Lay Baby Lay. She created a miniature forest of colorful Christmas trees for her mantel using brightly hued paper and teensy pom-poms. 

    Colorful Christmas Trees Idea by Joni at Lay Baby Lay

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    Fresh Twist on Holiday Classics

    modern and fresh Christmas mantel
    Inspired by Charm

    Give your mantel the ho-ho-ho treatment with these jolly ideas from Michael at Inspired by Charm. A few of our favorite things: White cord string lights with large bulbs cast a merry spell. Red felt garland adds invigorating color. And a couple of hipster nutcrackers put a fresh twist on traditional holiday décor.

    Mantel Decoration Ideas by Michael at Inspired by Charm

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    Down to Earth Christmas

    Star and Stocking Xmas Mantel
    The Mine Blog

    It's hard to know what we love best about this mantel styled by Coco Kelley — The fragrant fir branches or woodsy pine cones (did you know the latter is Maine's official state flower?). But, we do know that adorning your mantel shelf with things plucked from nature is a lovely and down to earth way to welcome the holidays into your home.

    Nature Mantel Decoration Ideas by Coco Kelley

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    Neutral Color Palette

    Joy to the World Mantel
    The Crafted Sparrow

    Sticking to a neutral palette makes creating a sophisticated holiday display easy. This joyous mantel by The Crafted Sparrow combines layers of decorative trees in contrasting shades of black, white, and natural wood tones. 

    Black and White Mantel Decoration Ideas by The Crafted Sparrow

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    Painted Pine Cone Garland

    Pine Cone Christmas Mantel
    It All Started With Paint

    Don't have a mantel? This idea by Linda at It All Started With Paint fakes one using a radiator cover. Decorative accents including a rustically inspired mirror and faux trees got the snowball rolling. But, says the blogger, the hand-painted pine cone garland is the thing that gives her mantel scape holiday zing.

    Fantel With Trees Mantel Decoration Idea by Linda at It All Started With Paint

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    DIY Wreaths

    Hoop Wreath Mantel
    Lemon Thistle

    These small, simple DIY wreaths give this holiday mantel by Colleen at Lemon Thistle plenty of festive fa-la-la. You can make them too by attaching fresh evergreens to embroidery hoops.

    DIY Wreaths Mantel Decoration Idea by Colleen at Lemon Thistle

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    Old-Timey Christmas

    Gold Nutcracker and Trees Mantel
    The Sweetest Occasion

    This holiday mantel by Cid at The Sweetest Occasion pays homage to the smells and sights associated with an old-timey Christmas using chestnuts, pine cones, and hand-painted nutcrackers.

    Golden Nutcrackers Mantel Decoration Idea by Cid at The Sweetest Occasion

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    Simple Christmas Decorations

    Stylish Holiday Mantel Ideas
    Sugar and Cloth

    If flashy seasonal décor isn't your thing, behold this ​mantel by Ashley Rose at Sugar and Cloth. An understated wreath, holiday stockings, and two nutcrackers capture the essence of Christmas. 

    Mantel Decoration Idea by Ashley Rose at Sugar and Cloth

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    Handmade Decorations

    DIY Holiday Mantel
    Sustain my Craft Habit

    You don't need an ample collection of ornaments to deck out your mantel. Most of the pieces featured on this yuletide ledge styled by Jane & Sonja at Sustain my Craft Habit are cobbled together using cheaply acquired materials. Drink wine? Consider making the star decoration with your leftover corks. 

    Yuletide Ledge Mantel Decoration Idea by Jane & Sonja at Sustain my Craft Habit

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    Scandinavian Christmas

    Noel Mantel
    The Decor Fix

    So what exactly is Scandinavian style? Well, this IKEA-ish holiday mantel by Heather at Decor Fix is in the neighborhood because of its mostly white color scheme and clean earthy vibe.

    Here’s how the look came together. An old frame from the attic was spruced up for Christmas thanks to gold paint and DIY art. The teensy houses are craft store pieces that were later painted white and adorned with pom-poms and gold trim. Our favorite feature? The hanging stars handmade from card stock. 

    Scandinavian Mantel Decoration Idea by Heather at Decor Fix

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    Chic Christmas Stockings

    Knit Stocking Christmas Mantel
    Ella Claire Inspired

    In many homes, Christmas stockings often become family heirlooms. So it makes sense when decorating this mantel, Kristen from Ella Claire splurged on knitted ones with enduring style. Faux evergreen garland, LED candles and an antique mirror top off her yuletide display.

    Knit Stocking Christmas Mantel Idea by Kristen from Ella Claire

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    Chalkboard Mantel

    Joy Holiday Mantel
    Finding Home Farms

    An old chalkboard and DIY wreath anchor this festive mantel by Laura at Find Home Farms. The blogger says the galvanized wreath is much easier to make that you think. To whip up, you'll need sheet metal and tin snips. ​

    Chalkboard Mantel Decoration Idea by Laura at Find Home Farms

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    Colorful Holiday

    Reindeer Santa Mantel
    Pocketful of Paint

    Colorful décor and DIY garland transformed this mantel decorated by Lynn at Pocketful of Paint into a jolly display that delighted her kids. The arrangement's crowning jewel is a homemade Rudolph wall hanging. 

    Reindeer Santa Mantel Idea by Lynn at Pocketful of Paint

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    Unconventional Holiday Colors

    Pink Christmas Tree
    Lay Baby Lay

    A vintage blue mantel from an old farmhouse gets decked out by Joni at Lay Baby Lay with nontraditional holiday décor. Most notable is the palette that doesn't include Christmas red. Jolly accents we love include the handmade paper garland and papier-mâché deer head.

    Pink Christmas Tree Mantel Decoration Idea by Joni at Lay Baby Lay

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    Homemade Christmas Stockings

    Plaid Stockings Xmas Mantel
    Hawthorne and Main

    Are you looking for an easy Christmas sewing project? The tartan plaid stockings on this charming holiday mantel by Shonee at Hawthorne and Main are a cinch to stitch up. Above them is a merry sign adorned with brass bells, and two pint-size pine trees.  

    Homemade Christmas Stockings Mantel Idea by Shonee at Hawthorne and Main

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    Wood Burned Garland

    Nordic Stone Xmas Mantel
    Taryn Whiteaker

    Both white and natural wood shades brighten up this dark mantel decorated for the holidays by Taryn Whiteaker. The wood burned garland is a notable feature that's a snap to DIY. To get started you'll need round wooden embellishments (most craft stores have them) and a wood burning tool.

    Nordic Christmas Mantel Idea by Taryn Whiteaker

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    Traditional Christmas Mantel

    Raindeer Xmas Mantel
    The TomKat Studio

    Mad for plaid? This traditional holiday mantel by Kim at The TomKat Studio features a DIY tartan stag placed behind a pile of pine cones. Several round tree ornaments add a bit shine. Christmas stockings and festive banner accentuate the yuletide display.

    Reindeer Mantel Decoration Idea by Kim at The TomKat Studio

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    DIY Marquee Christmas tree

    DIY Tree Mantel
    The Sweetest Occasion

    Ring in the holidays with a DIY marquee tree like this one by Cyd Converse at The Sweetest Occasion. The blogger says while it may be tough to believe most do-it-yourselfers can easily craft this good thing out of foam core. Afterward, just place it on your mantel and underscore with gold garland. 

    DIY Tree Mantel Idea by Cyd Converse at The Sweetest Occasion

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    Modernist Mantel

    Christmas Card Mantel
    Dream Green DIY

    Stop wondering how to style a colorful holiday mantel. This Christmas display by Carrie Waller at Dream Green DIY features affordable pieces that bring on the color. Paper fans in different shades anchor the arrangement. Instead of garland, turquoise beads bring plenty of visual interest. Modernist inspired holiday cards and an assortment of jolly ornaments pour on a rainbow of hues.

    Christmas Card Mantel Decoration Idea by Carrie Waller at Dream Green DIY

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    Winter White Mantel

    White Christmas Mantel
    Satori Design for Living

    Create a little winter wonderland like this one by Shauna at Satori Design for Living with a handful of holiday accents. Here, snow-covered bottle brush trees and pops of natural greenery capture the holiday's peaceful vibe.

    Winter Wonderland Mantel Idea by Shauna at Satori Design for Living

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    Paper Ornaments

    Nordic inspired Christmas Mantel
    The Tom Kat Studio

    Got a small decorating budget? You can create an expensive looking glam mantel with paper decorations that are relatively cheap to acquire. For instance, this beautifully styled mantel shelf by Kim at The TomKat Studios was created using mostly affordable paper ornaments.

    Glam Holiday Mantel Decoration Idea by Kim at The TomKat Studios

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    Paint Stick Star

    Simple Christmas Star Mantel

    Make a festive star for your holiday mantel just like this one by Cami at Tidbits using paint sticks or craft wood. See the cute stockings? The blogger made them out of scrap fabric and old sugar bags.

    Festive Star Mantel Decoration Idea by Cami at Tidbits

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    Scandinavian Style

    Branches in Jars Mantel
    Jennifer Rizzo

    Scandinavian style fans will go gaga over this holiday mantel by Jennifer Rizzo. The arrangement puts old glass jars to work as decorative vases. After adorning each one with striped Baker's twine, add sprigs of evergreen.

    Branches in Jars Mantel Decoration Ideal by Jennifer Rizzo

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    Budget-Friendly Holidays Tips

    Simple Clay Pot Holiday Mantel
    Seeking Lavender Lane

    We appreciate budget-friendly decorating ideas that use items already on hand. This mantel by Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane was made over for Christmas using mostly stuff from her stash. A few instances: The eucalyptus is leftover from her Thanksgiving table arrangement. The terra-cotta pots are from the garden.

    Clay Pot Mantel Decoration Idea by Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane

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    Budget Decorations

    Perfect Christmas Mantel
    Craftberry Bush

    We were shocked to discover that all of the decorations on this gorgeous winter mantel styled by Lucy at Craftberry Bush didn't cost a small fortune. Instead of using seasonal greener, bay leaves, a gift from a friend, deck out the display. The brass candle holders are a thrift store find. The faux trees are homemade. The paper houses are a craft store bargain.

    Winter Mantel Decoration Idea by Lucy at Craftberry Bush

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    Quilt Pattern

    Snowflake Sign Mantel
    The Lily Pad Cottage

    A simple quilt block printable is the star of this Christmas mantel by Kelly at The Lily Pad Cottage. Lush, fresh evergreens accentuate the visual focal point.

    Block Printables Mantel Decoration Idea by Kelly at The Lily Pad Cottage

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    Winter Inspired Holiday Mantel

    Olive Bucket Holiday Mantel
    At the Picket Fence

    Decorative items mixed in with vintage finds and faux greenery are the key ingredients for this holiday mantel by Heather and Vanessa, the duo behind At The Picket Fence.

    Winter Inspired Christmas Mantel Idea by Heather and Vanessa at At The Picket Fence