Creative Christmas Mantel Design Ideas

Fall has barely set in most years when the Christmas decorations are hitting the stores. There are some people who plan for this holiday year around. They gather ideas and bits and pieces of seasonal paraphernalia to make their home or event extra special. This is perfect for Christmas mantel design ideas.

Traditional Mantel Christmas Decorating Ideas

It is important in decorating to consider all areas of the home or room. Even the most unassuming places can make for a great decorative statement. 

Doors, corners, cabinets, bathrooms and other areas can be utilized to add a special touch. If a room has a fireplace, then the mantel can be a wonderful canvas.

Christmas mantel decorating ideas are as varied as the mantels themselves.

In doing an online search, various ideas will pop up from easy and inexpensive to elaborate and pricey.  Before choosing decorations, you will want to choose your theme or color palate.

Not everything in the home needs to match perfectly, but having a theme or color palate can make a real statement and provide a unity to the holiday decor.

Christmas mantel decorating ideas

Christmas Decorating Ideas For A Fireplace Mantel

A fireplace mantel is the perfect place to display a Christmas scene. There are many different styles you can choose from – you can go with traditional or try something a little different this year.

What kind of decor are you decorating in for Christmas? Down home country? Elegant? Eco? The style you choose for your main decor should also be reflected in your mantel scene.

For many people, easy Christmas mantel decorations are usually a nativity scene complete with a manger, animals and several figurines.

Christmas Decorating Ideas For A Fireplace Mantel

If you have a nativity set that’s made of aged wood, this would work well with a country decor. Also in keeping with a country decor, you can use a narrow sleigh filled with boughs of green, pine cones and presents wrapped in red gingham.

Another way to decorate the mantel is in what’s called primitive style by using boughs of real garland, fruit and primitive figurines. You can find primitive Santa figurines by scouring the online Christmas stores.

Or if you would rather have snowmen, you can decorate the mantel with primitive snowmen made from muslin or wood. Some people confuse the primitive style with the country style of decorating but they are not the same. Primitive has more of an early 1900s feel to it.

Christmas village collections are another holiday scene you could grace your mantel with. If you’re worried about getting the confetti snow on your floor, you can use cotton balls to create a snow effect.

Christmas village collections

But don’t just stick the cotton balls up as is. Instead, gently pull apart the cotton balls and thin them out. Decorate the mantle with Christmas village homes and businesses and set them up so that they’re lighted. You’ll have a great focal point and the soft light will add a nice touch.

Easy Mantel Decorating Ideas For Christmas

One consideration is if the mantel is around a functional fireplace. If so, then the decorations will need to be placed away from the heat source and far away from any flames or heat. Some of these types of decorations can be very flammable, or can even be damaged by smoke or ashes.

One poplar Christmas decorating ideas for a mantel is to hang Christmas mantel stockings from the mantel above the fireplace. If this is done, then there is still room for other decor surrounding the stockings. Possibly adding a row of garland with some sparkling lights in it, or some candles, would add an extra touch.

There are so many stylish stocking hangers available that can be used as part of the overall theme of the Christmas mantel decorating ideas.

Christmas stocking hangers

If there is a large mirror over the mantel it can be transformed into decorations for a Christmas mantel.  Use it as a backdrop for bells or lights. Drape colorful material or garland around it. 

A simple wreath can be placed in the middle of the mirror, or several smaller ones with different lengths of ribbon. A large empty frame can also be used in a similar fashion, which creates an empty canvas.

Think of the mantel as the entire space above and below, from top to bottom. This will allow you to see the entire space so it can be decorated as a whole, and not broken up into two separate areas.

Also, think of what will be surrounding the mantel. If a decorated tree is right by the mantel, it may be best to understate the mantel a bit.

Anything from garland, to lights, a decorative fireplace screen, candles and candle holders, stockings, mirrors, and nativities can be used in Christmas decorating ideas for a fireplace mantel.

Christmas mantelpiece ideas

Christmas holiday mantel decorations can either be purchased at a craft store, or you can purchase the items and do it yourself. Cost may play a part in your decision. Both are perfectly acceptable as long as you are happy with the outcome.

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