Christmas Mantel Decorating

I had a little fun with our fireplace mantel yesterday…

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

I was feeling something simple, and neutral, and “Christmas in the country”, so I drew color/theme inspiration from our Christmas tree, and played with a collection of items I gathered from around the house, with the exception of the greenery and bead garland.

I started with the 100-something-year old arched window my great-grandpa salvaged from an old church in Minnesota. We’ve had it for several years, and we look forward to installing it over a clawfoot tub here someday.

After the window was safely propped up there, I taped a 90¢ strand of silver beads (from Michaels) back and forth across the front of the mantel shelf a couple of times:

Christmas Silver Bead Garland from Michaels

I covered up the tape with some leftover faux snow, and then layered in two bunches of faux greenery (also from Michaels):

Christmas Mantel Decorations

I popped in some leftover ornaments and a variety of candle holders…

Snowball Ornament by The Lettered Cottage

Cableknit Candle Cover

(Doesn’t the glass in that window sort of look like ice? I love it!)

Christmas Mantel | Mercury Glass | Faux Snow | Bead Garland

I always like to mix in a few smooth, white pitchers to contrast with the color & texture of everything else, too…

Christmas Mantel | White Pitcher | Ornaments | Twine Tree | Brass Candlesticks

I made the twine trees a couple of months ago for a women’s function at church:

Hemp Twine Christmas Tree | Mantel Decor

Twine Cone Christmas Tree | Mantel Decor Inspiration

They’re just cardboard cones, wrapped in twine, banded at the bottom with leftover ribbon, and topped with sale items from the jewelry aisle at Michaels:

Twine Christmas Tree | Mantel Decor Inspiration

It was such a fun display to work on, and I think it’ll be easy to modify it into a Spring mantel when I’m feeling like I want to play around with it again.

Natural Neutral Christmas Mantel

Christmas Mantel Decorating Inspiration

As for today, I’ve decided I don’t have enough glitter embedded into my skin yet, so I’m creating another Christmas-y vignette for our coffee table. Come on back tomorrow if you’d like to check it out! :-)

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    • Layla says

      Thank you, EGC!!! I was hoping you’d like it even though I decided to “go faux”! 😀

  1. Gloria says

    Love the trees you made and the window is just perfect. Beautiful mantel display. I so enjoy your posts. Merry Everything!

  2. Marianne in Mo. says

    Very serene and peaceful! Love that window, but you wouldn’t make it permanent in the bath, would you? I would hang it on the wall, so I could take it with me if I move, or decide to use it elsewhere! Too pretty!

  3. says

    Hi, Layla. I’ve been reading your blog a while (I’m a bio and adoptive mom) and just wanted to say how effortless you make things look! I know that is a gift but creating beauty out of simple, inexpensive items is such a blessing! I also blog, but I feel like I slave over the simplest vignettes. It’s definitely something I’m learning to do better (or at least I hope so!) Have a blessed Christmas!

  4. says

    That window is beautiful and what a special gift! I love the way you draped the beads – just adds so much charm : )

  5. says

    Very beautiful. I like how the mantle seems to flow. You can never go wrong with a color scheme based on neutrals IMHO. The textures then can tell the story. Nicely done! Merry Christmas to you and your family,

  6. vicky says

    I have glitter on my nose that is semi permanent. I guess when I shed enough skin, it will disappear too. My husband laughs every time the light hits it and he can see it. Pointing it out to friends at church, etc. Instead of pine needles in May, I will have glitter.

  7. says

    I made some of those twine trees as well and love them. Kind of rustic glam. Have a Merry Christmas!

    Shannon ~