Plaid, shiplap, tobacco baskets, greenery, and vintage items all adore my Christmas mantel and I think even Joanna Gaines would be proud! So excited to share all the details of my Christmas mantel with you today!
Oh how I wish I really could deck the walls with lots of shiplap! 😉 I actually flipped over the large Christmas sign I made for my Christmas mantel last year and nailed faux shiplap (made with thin plywood like this tutorial) on the back. I’ve used it almost all year long over my mantel with various seasonal decor and I just love it. If my fireplace wall wasn’t 25-30 foot high I would really deck the whole thing with shiplap, but for now I’ll settle for this backdrop. I actually had a different vision for my mantel but then when I started digging out Christmas decor, I found that sign I got at Kirkland’s last year on after-Christmas clearance and knew I wanted to use it. So this Christmas mantel was created!
The large tobacco basket (from Hobby Lobby) usually hangs in the corner where the Christmas tree is, so I just moved it over the mantel for now. And then just added some lanterns (these galvanized ones were used first on my Christmas porch several years ago and the red ones are from IKEA) and fresh greenery to complete the look.
On the hearth is our basket of books for the Christmas book advent we are doing this year – you can read all about that here. Along with a vintage sled found at a flea market years ago and little tree.
We’ve so been enjoying this Christmas book countdown – our little girl can’t wait to open the book each day and then we read it several times throughout the day.
I pretty much keep that little wood bench (another yard sale find) on the hearth all the time and just change out the pillows or decor.
I still need to find or make some initial tags for our stockings but for now, some cute Target dollar spot tags dress them up.
My “theme” for Christmas this year is a plaid farmhouse theme which really comes together on the tree which I’ll show you on Monday. I love how you can change up just a few things or add a few new things and create a whole new look for Christmas.
Here’s last years Christmas mantel – once again, same big piece is used this year just the back that has shiplap on it is focal point this year. And can we talk about what a difference doing that German Schmear technique on the fireplace made?! That orange/red brick clashed so bad with all my Christmas decor… I am so happy with how it looks now!
And just for fun here’s my Christmas mantel from 2 years ago.. it was one of my favorites! I love the simplicity (and same wreath used this year – a flocked wreath from Walmart).
Another new addition was the flocked garland from Walmart… this garland is so budget friendly and so pretty! I had wanted it for the last 2 years and never found it after Christmas so I went ahead and bought it this year.
My fall clearance galvanized tray from Hobby Lobby I knew would be so pretty filled with greenery and candles for Christmas. Since I have so much going on the mantel, I went super simple on the coffee table. Plus I try to leave lots of room to play on it since most days there is coloring books, playdough, and toys being played on it throughout the day.
Love how the mantel turned out this year – that sign really just inspired it all and makes it. Gotta love after Christmas clearance finds – I’m already making my list of things to look for this year!
What is decking your halls this year? Neutrals or lots of reds? Any shiplap decking the walls this year?
Donna Marie says
This is just lovely (and frugal!!!)
Every mantle you decorate is absolutely beautiful and this newest one is probably my favorite.
Myra Wright says
Each one is just perfect! ??