Mantel Decorating Tricks

When I need to decorate my mantel quickly and beautifully, I use this simple formula. These tricks work every time, and I love how our Christmas mantel decor turned out this year!
I start with a blank slate. Everything needs to be cleaned off of the mantel, and this is also a great time for me to dust!
Next is a focal point. For this year's Christmas mantel, I used a large piece of artwork I made. You can download it for free by visiting my blog post.
Next, I anchor the mantel with a pair of items on each end. Here, I've used some lit tree ornaments.
Then, I divide a group of three items and put them on each side of my focal point. Candlesticks work great!
Next, I fill in the rest of the space with smaller ornaments. Here, I've used bottlebrush trees, coffee filter trees and wooden blocks.
For a Christmas mantel, I finish the look by hanging stockings and a jingle bell garland.
Here's a video of the process!

Christina Dennis
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  • Dot D Collett Dot D Collett on Dec 17, 2015
    I like the idea of clearing it off and dusting first. It gives a clean slate to decorate for the winter holidays. When you take it down, do you make a fresh arrangement of treasures or put back everything the same?

  • where did you get the stone for your fireplace? I am thinking of redoing the fireplace and love the look, by the way your fireplace decorations are beautiful!

  • Christine Wheelock Christine Wheelock on Dec 17, 2015
    Gorgeous. Where did you get the lighted trees on each end?

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