Since we’ve celebrated a few Christmases together here on Inspired by Charm, today I thought we could take a little stroll with the Ghost of Christmas Past and look at 5 Creative Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas that I’ve shared over the years.
“The most wonderful time of the year” is almost upon us. If you’re anything like me, as much as you love the holiday season, there’s also a stressful sensation of getting everything done on time. I hope these Christmas mantel decor ideas will inspire your holiday spirit and get you in the mood to decorate when the time is right for you to start.
5 Creative Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas
Bottle Brush Trees
A couple years ago (for my 2015 Holiday Home Tour) I splurged and bought an array of green and blue bottle brush trees. They ended up being the feature of my mantel. For variety, I added a pair of vintage brass deer.
To bring in a little warmth and twinkle, I also wrapped a strand of white lights with a white wire. It’s unassuming during the day but makes the space magical and cozy when lit in the evening.
Bottle brush trees are still popular so they are readily available for purchase. You could get a similar look with glass/mercury glass trees which seem to be everywhere these days. I found the “Merry & Bright” banner on Etsy.
DIY Wood Stockings
You might have noticed something else that’s special in the image above. These DIY wood stockings! I created these back in 2015 (You can find the tutorial here.) after seeing vintage ones online. Not wanting to pay the price for vintage, I cut my own out of lumber and stained them to work with my decor. They were actually quite easy to make.
While they aren’t functional, they sure are pretty. I think any decor can benefit from a touch a vintage. These wood stockings were the perfect addition to this space. They also work with a more traditional red and green Christmas decor. I’ll show you that below.
DIY Wood Forest
Okay, technically this set-up is not on a mantel, but it’s still one of my favorite holiday crafts, and I think it would be well suited to a mantel. I’m talking about this Colorful DIY Wood Forest. (Yes, I made these trees. I teach you how to make them here.) I would recommend creating a collection of 12-15 trees. I chose vibrant colors, but you can paint the trees to fit your holiday/home decor.
You could make a dynamic mantlescape simply by filling it with these. Anchor each corner of your mantel with a hurricane candle for a little twinkle. An alternative would be to mix in some simple houses that match the trees in scale.
Inspired by Nature
During my Holiday Home Tour last year, I looked to nature to inspire my Christmas mantel. While shopping at a local resale store, I stumbled across this set of elk antlers. To display them, I removed them from their mount and set them on the mantel, surrounding them with fresh greens, a string of copper ornaments and large pinecones.
I also brought back a pair of my wood stockings. Two did the trick in adding a little warmth, texture, and touch of vintage.
To soften the look and heighten the Christmas feel, I added a few strands of this bright red felt ball garland. I thought it was the perfect finishing touch.
DiY Colorful Wood Bead Garland
In case you haven’t noticed, wood bead garlands have become popular again in recent years. I love a plain wood bead garland, I decided to craft my own. (You can find the full tutorial here.)
Here I opted to use wood beads in various shapes and sizes to create a unique garland. To make it even more special, I painted some of the beads in shades of reds, whites, and greens. As you can imagine, this garland coordinated beautifully with my “Inspired by Nature” mantel.
And, because I was feeling especially ambitious, I created another garland in a different color scheme to suit my decor after the holiday. I love DIY because you can customize things to suit your personal style and space.
And that’s a wrap, my friends. I hope you found these creative Christmas mantel decor ideas helpful and inspiring as you plan and start creating your own holiday displays.