Putz House Christmas Mantel Decor


Inspired by my collection of Putz houses, I’ve created a whimsical and festive Christmas mantel in my family room. Come take a peek inside my house and gather a few ideas for your own holiday decor.

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Putz House Christmas Mantel Decor

Earlier this week I welcomed you into my family room to share my Red and Cozy Christmas Tree. Today I’m taking you back into this space to show you my Putz House Christmas Mantel.

I’ve been in this home for four Christmases now. Each year I’ve decorated this mantel in a new way. It has been fun to see it change over the years. You can see some of the variations of this mantel below:

This year I wanted to go a completely different direction and create a mantel with my collection of Putz houses! I was hoping the end result would be something unique, colorful, and festive. I think I achieved my goal.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

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What are Putz houses?

These little paper houses might look familiar, but you may not know much about them. These small cardboard houses have been around since the early 1900s. They were originally used as decorations around a nativity scene.

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Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Many of the houses that I used in my Christmas mantel decor are vintage. However, I also have several modern reproductions. I don’t get too hung up about collecting only vintage Putz houses as I love some of the modern ones just as much.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Christmas Mantel Decor

Among the Putz houses, I mixed in about two dozen bottle brush trees. Most of these are new and have been collected over the years.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

For the garland on the mantel, I used a balsam fir garland as my base and tucked in some larger evergreens. From there, I added these large frosted globe lights. They create a cozy glow in the evening.

To further decorate the garland, I strung a wooden and felt ball garland and then tucked in a few vintage crocheted snowflakes that I purchased on eBay. I also added a large pinecone on each end of the garland to tie in with the ones I tucked into my tree.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

You may also spy my DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath in the mirror. It’s hanging on the opposite wall. I love seeing its colorful reflection.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

To complete the look, I hung some stockings on each side of the fireplace. I’ve had most of these stockings for a few years, but did purchase one new stocking from Emily of Penny & Ivy. (It’s the skinny one with the red strip and “L + S” initials.) If you have seen or read my post about the decorated tree I have in this room, you’ll know that I hung 25 of Emily’s mini stockings on it. Therefore, it only seemed appropriate to have a full-sized stocking from Penny & Ivy’s assortment on my mantel!

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

And with that, I’d say my Putz House Christmas Mantel is complete.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

What else can I share with you?

I often get asked about my fireplace. It’s wood-burning and yes, there is a small grill on the left side. I haven’t used the grill to date so I’ve recently started using it to hold my extra wood.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

I also suspect that I’m going to get asked about my rug. You can find it here. However, I am not sure I would recommend it. It’s more like a fabric mat than a rug. It’s a challenge to vacuum, doesn’t want to stay in place, and the furniture legs stretch out the pattern. Love the look, dislike the rug.

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I’m still futzing (or should I say putzing!!!) with the rest of the decor in this room. Although, I did swap out some of my throw pillows, filled up my Christmas ribbon cabinet, switched out some of my vintage paint-by-numbers to winter scenes, and of course, trimmed the tree.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

I’d say my family room is just about ready for Christmas.

Putz House Christmas Mantel #vintage #putz #putzhouse #mantel #chrsitmas #decor #decorations #fireplace

Want more of my 2021 Christmas decor? Check out these:

I hope you enjoyed a closer look at my Christmas mantel decor and picked up a few ideas for decorating your own space for the season.

Happy Decorating!

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  • Shawn at

    Michael, I read a brief history of Putz houses on Homeiswheretheboatis blog. You probably know this info already, but I thought of you. I’m always inspired by all your posts, especially your Christmas posts. I’m already planning a wintry village scene theme for NEXT Christmas with some reproduction Putz houses I own and one vintage paint by number; and campfire marshmellow tins are now on my radar.
    https://homeiswheretheboatis.net/2021/12/07/a-merry-christmas-village-tablescape/

  • Leslie at

    Love this mantle, and spying the bright ornament wreath in the mirror!

  • Robin Wainwright at

    This is by far the best mantel decoration I have seen this year. Actually your whole house is wonderful! I have seen too many “less is more” and all white decor ideas that turn me off completely and all I see is a blank, cold room. Your house is full of warmth and Christmas joy! Thank you!

  • Vikki at

    Hey Michael, Your old and new Putz house collection is to die for! The mantle looks beautiful. I love looking at your Christmas decor. My favorite is still the wooden cabinet with all the ribbon. Good thing I don’t live closer to you, I would be tempted to grab it and run!

  • Cathy Clark at

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE every single thing about this mantle & the entire room!!! You hit it out of the park with this mantle—BEST one yet!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • Teresa at

    I remember seeing these houses from the time I was a little girl in my grandparents decorations. I see vintage ones in antique and consignment stores and newer reproduction ones in stores like HomeGoods and Target. However, what I didnt know is that they are called Putz Houses! I had never heard them called that before so I learned something new! Your Putz house mantel is beautiful and reflects your wonderful collection.

  • Claire at

    Your decorations are really charming. After Christmas, would you be able to share how you store everything until the following year, please?

  • Karen at

    I love your putz house collection, and how you have them displayed on your mantle. I have a small collection too, from when I was a kid, that you’ve inspired me to set out … now I just have to take photos!

  • Caroline at

    Absolutely charming in every way!

  • Cathy Claus at

    never disappointed- I love the houses – i remember we had a nativity scene under our tree when i was little and there were several of those houses- everything looks beautiful Michael – always look forward to all of your projects! happy holidays!

  • ashley at

    MAGICAL! So very pretty. I would say, no need for a new mantel design next year – this one is amazing. 🙂

  • Mom at

    I think I love this years Mantel the best, you did a great job

  • MelanieL at

    I love your mantel! Those little houses are so fun. Thank you for the screensaver on IG, I used your ribbon one last year and I’m excited to see your cookies this year! Have a great day!

  • Linda at

    I look at that room and I see charm. Your name inspired by charm is so aptly named. Love this!

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