3 Easy Ways to Fake a Festive Fireplace Mantel for the Holidays

Christmas decorations on a shelf
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  • 01 of 04

    How to Make a Faux Mantel


    Chances are you don't have a mantel, never mind a fireplace, if you live in a small apartment or tiny house. But that doesn't mean you can't fake one this holiday season. We found three festive ways you can create a faux mantel that even Kris Kringle would love.


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  • 02 of 04

    A Cozy Spot for Holiday Stockings

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    This idea uses a branch to create a cozy faux mantel where you can hang holiday stockings. You'll need a dry tree branch, white craft paint and water-based sealer to make.

    If you want the branch to feel smooth to the touch, you can remove the bark before you get painting. Just keep in mind this can be a tough to do if wood whittling isn't your thing. We've heard a veggie peeler can remove bark quickly, just remember to protect your hands and wear work gloves.

    Next, give the branch a couple of coats of paint. Make sure each one is fully dry before reapplying. Afterward let it sit for 24 hours before brushing on the sealer.  Doing so will allow the paint to set fully, which reduces the chances of cracking and chipping.

    You can mount your painted branch onto a wall using 3M Command Hooks. 

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    Turn a Shelf into a Festive Spot

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    You can easily fake a mantel using a shelf. To create, you'll need a focal point like the candy cane wreath shown here. A festive DIY garland like this one or like the holiday cards strung on a string shown here will add a big dose of holiday cheer.

    Next, you'll need a few decorative elements to place directly on top of your shelf like this felt and wire Christmas tree.

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  • 04 of 04

    A Chalkboard Fireplace


    If you can draw, you can use a chalkboard to whip up a fireplace with a toasty fire. Outlining the chalkboard with traditional pine garland not only looks great but will also fill your home with a beautiful evergreen scent.

    You can top off this look with a shelf decorated with holiday décor or a painted white branch where you can hang your Christmas stockings.