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Christmas Mantel Ideas

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Your fireplace mantel is a natural focal point for holiday decor, but you don’t have to arrange it the same way every year. Delight family and friends this season with any of these fun Christmas mantel decorating ideas.

Christmas fireplace decorations include a decorated wreath hung on a mirror, garland, LED candles and shiny reindeer.

Mantel Decorating

Christmas fireplace decorations include tabletop trees, a vase filled with decorated branches, a garland of greenery, candlesticks, a lantern and a framed print adorned with a wreath.

Light and Festive

Create a light and simple look by keeping a few items from your everyday mantel decor—framed art, a vase, collectibles—and adding layers of holiday color and texture: tabletop Christmas trees, branches spray-painted white and adorned with ornaments, a minimal wreath, a garland of greenery and white faux-fur stockings.

Stone fireplace with Noel sign, greenery, Christmas mantel decor and stockings.

Big and Bold

When your fireplace is big and tall, choose Christmas mantel decor that matches the style and scale. For instance, use a pair of crossed skis to support a nest of greenery and frame a bright and bold Noel greeting. That leaves plenty of room on the mantel itself to layer favorite artwork and hang large stockings.

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White fireplace mantel with sunburst-look mirror, metallic garland, cone trees, LED candles, string light and white stockings.

Metallic Magic

Take a sparkling and sophisticated approach to Christmas mantel decor by making a striking mirror the focal point and layering on a mix of metallic finishes—silver, champagne and copper. Light-colored cone trees, LED candles and stockings stand out among a bed of metallic spray-painted garland that’s enhanced by strings of tiny LED fairy lights.  A wreath of spray-painted greenery sets off the mirror glass.

Christmas fireplace decorations include massed glowing candles and festive garland atop the mantel.

Candle Power

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.

Christmas fireplace decorations include a rustic wooden star and festive garland atop the mantel.

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.

Christmas fireplace decorations include “JOY” spelled out by a wreath and garland-wrapped cardboard letters, oversize lights and jars of candy.

Joy to the World

Be a child again and let your Christmas mantel express the sheer joy and wonder of the season. Think big shapes, bright colors and fun flourishes such as candy and oversize lights. The “O” in “JOY” is a wreath, while the “J” and “Y” are shapes cut from cardboard and wrapped in garland.

Christmas fireplace decorations include a decorated wreath hung on a mirror, garland, LED candles and shiny reindeer.

Classic Colors

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.

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Christmas fireplace decorations include red ball ornaments, greenery, red berry picks and red-and-gold beaded garland.

Glam Greenery

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.

Christmas fireplace decorations include a decorated wreath, white mini Christmas trees, wrapped gifts and jewel-tone ornaments.

Peacock Palette

Traditional holiday colors are fine, but don’t be afraid to expand your palette. Rich teal, royal purple, vivid chartreuse and striking fuchsia give your mantel a worldly look that affirms the global nature of Christmas. Use these bold hues on the mantel to decorate a green wreath, white mini Christmas trees or garlands of greenery.

Christmas fireplace decorations include DIY antiqued framed mirrors, nutcrackers and stockings.

Reflections of Your Style

Personalize your Christmas mantel display with pieces that speak to your style or hold special meaning, such as DIY antiqued framed mirrors family heirloom stockings or soldier nutcrackers.

Christmas fireplace decorations include a large decorated wreath and mini Christmas trees in white, silver and gold.

Fireplace Forest

Your holiday mantel is the perfect spot for some tiny Christmas trees. There are many options to choose from, including mini versions of traditional evergreen trees, or more stylized looks in different materials and colors. As with candles, you can mass identical trees or mix a variety of styles. Mini trees that light up make your mantel even more magical.