5 days of Christmas inspiration: Merry Mantels


First up on the list of Christmas inspiration this week is Merry Mantels! Smile  I love decorating my mantel for Christmas and strive to mix it up a little each year. Smile

Here is my mantel from last year:

Christmas mantel 2010

I am still tweaking this years mantel and I think it is even better this year!  Smile  ( I will be revealing my tree, mantel, and more next week so stay tuned! )

So here are some inspiration pictures for you (most I found on Pinterest but am linking to the original source if possible.)

Of course some sort of greenery or garland  usually finds it way on to most Christmas mantels.   Love the red, glittery saying added to this mantel – it makes this mantel!

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Mantel by Impatiently Praying for Patience

The grapevine garland on this mantel is gorgeous too and I also love the hanging ornaments and the simple “Christmas” sign.

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Mantel by It’s the Little Things that make a House a Home

This pinecone garland is pretty as well – perfect for a natural, rustic looking mantel.

Here is Kevin and Layla’s mantel from last year – aren’t the striped stockings and the presents stacked up in the fireplace adorable?

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Another garland made of Christmas balls inscribed with “Merry Christmas”

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Love this simple, modern mantel!  (By the way you can print that subway print from here.)

Love the ledges over this mantel with the Christmas prints on them – so pretty!

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An iron gate with the wreath over it.  The big red bow just pops on this simple mantel

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Christmas mantels don’t have to be all red and green either.  This all-white Christmas mantel is gorgeous!  Just remove the “Christmas” letters and it could easily transition into winter too!

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Here is another no-red mantel by Kate at Centsational Girl.  The silver, white, and green is pretty too!

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Mmmm…  burlap and mercury glass – two of my FAVORITES! Smile  This mantel is gorgeous all decked out for Christmas! 🙂

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Mantel by Confessions of a Plate Addict

Isn’t this mantel cute!  Love the stockings, the red beads and the hanging ornaments

Mantel from It’s the Little things that Make a House a Home

A classic, simple mantel – love the nativity scene and the burlap stockings (instructions on how she made the burlap stockings here.)

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Mantel by Make it -Love it

Love the simple garland and candles on this mantel and the tree reflecting in the mirror! Smile

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More hanging ornaments and cranberry filled candle holders on this mantel.

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So whether your mantel is adorned in red and green and lots of greenery, or simple and rustic with pinecones and burlap, or just simple candles (even battery operated ones!) with some light greenery, it is all pretty!

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What is your favorite way to decorate your mantel? 

Do you use greenery and the classic Christmas colors,  go with the natural look, lots of candles or something else?

Working on finishing mine up tonight! Smile



  1. These are great ideas! I have to do a mantel at church for our ladies meeting this Friday- I got my ideas from a Christmas craft show I attended last weekend….can’t wait to try them out!! The colour scheme is blue/silver/white. 🙂 I’ll probably post pics on my blog after it’s finished. Looking forward to seeing yours. 🙂

    • looking forward to seeing your pictures!

      I love blue/white/silver or silver/lime green theme too. maybe one year I will switch it up 🙂

  2. Lots of pretty mantels… Can’t wait to see yours! I don’t have a mantel, but I decorate my ledge between the living room and kitchen and the top of a narrow bookshelf. It’s one of two few places out of the Davis Man’s reach. I couldn’t help but think of how QUICKLY he would destroy most of those decked out displays!! Super cute stuff just laying out???? Forget it!!! 🙂 Though I did just put some greenery and lights in a iron basket on the floor tonight. I’m hoping for a miracle. 🙂 We even went with a table top tree this year to hopefully keep him from tearing it down, ha ha!

    • well at least with a mantel it is out of reach (except maybe the cords! 🙂

      My nieces are old enough not to bother it and the 3 mo old couldn’t get it if he tried – now next year, might be a different story! 🙂

      Can’t wait to see your displays! 🙂

  3. I’ve never done much more than put up the Christmas cards we receive, but I would like to do something prettier this year. Love the candles in the last picture you’ve got!

    • the candles are very pretty!

      Don’t know if you live near a Dollar Tree or not but they sell battery operated pillar candles like that for $1 – they would last forever. 🙂

  4. Very pretty ideas! We just set up our tree last night so maybe today I’ll work on my mantel a little. Not sure yet what I’m going to do this year though…guess we’ll see!


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