Maximize the power of candles by massing them across your mantel among a bed of greenery. Stick with a uniform look, or vary the candle heights and colors to mix things up. If you’re worried about wax drips or open flames, choose battery-powered LED candles.
Star of the Show
Make one large element the star of your mantel display, then give it a strong supporting cast. Here, a rustic DIY wooden star shares the stage with log-look LED candles and an assortment of nature-theme ornaments and garland.
Take a traditional tack by decorating your mantel in classic Christmas colors of red, gold and green. Anchor the display with a wreath hung over a large mirror, then add garland, LED candles, stockings and your favorite ornaments.
Live or artificial evergreen garlands make a great base for your Christmas mantel display. To lend the greens a glamorous look, dress them up with some joyful jewelry, such as glossy red berry picks, sparkly red-and-gold beaded garland and shiny red ball ornaments that dangle like earrings.