Holiday Mantel

Holiday Mantel: DIY macrame garland, layered with asymmetrical garland, and DIY star garland. Plus lots of trees, and brass pieces.

Holiday Mantel: DIY macrame garland, layered with asymmetrical garland, and DIY star garland. Plus lots of trees, and brass pieces.

I’m excited to share my holiday mantel with you today and give you a few fun ideas.  This year it’s a little bit eclectic, a little bit boho, and a little bit pink.  

holiday mantel ideas

I’m joining some of my favourite bloggers today as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series.  Be sure to check out all the other beautiful holiday mantels at the bottom of this post.

Garland and Stockings

I started out knowing I’d like to incorporate an asymmetrically look to the garland.  This year for the first time I used a faux garland, and I have to say that as much as I love then look and smell of real greens, the faux ones are so much easier.  I certainly don’t miss the sheading needles.

holiday mantel

I wanted a layered effect so I used my favourite macrame garland, it’s an easy DIY project read all about how I made this macrame garland here.  On top the macrame I used the faux greens, and doubled up the left side to make it a little thicker there.  On top of that I used a branch.  This is one I found in the woods one day.  It was so pretty and moss covered that I brought it home and it in a few spots.  

asymmetrical garland

The stockings are looped over the branch, ready for Santa and adding lots of texture and interest. And lastly one more layer of garland with this sweet little star garland.  It’s a fun DIY project made from polymer clay, see the whole DIY star garland tutorial here.  The stars are painted with a little iridescent paint, and the gold wire adds a little sparkle.

star garland

Trees and Brass

Up on the mantel I’ve done a little forest of small trees.  I didn’t worry about matching so there’s a mix of bottle brush trees, glass, ceramic, glitter and tinsel.  The eclectic look of them all grouped together is so much fun.  I stuck with mostly neutrals, but there’s a little pink and and a green to match the rest of my holiday decor this year.

holiday mantel with bottle brush trees

iridescent and glass trees

I also adding in a few brass pieces.  The candles sticks are some from the thrift store, along with some thrifted candles in our pink and colours.  And over on the other side there’s another brass accent.  I found this little brass deer this summer while we were staying a cottage that has the best thrift stores near by.  I think they usually come in a pair, but I was happy to find even one and I’ll certainly have my eyes out for another when thrifting.

brass candlestick holders

brass deer

Art Work

The black lanterns help to ground everything and tie in the black lettering on the poster.  The poster is inspired by the old 1950’s Christmas cartoon classic Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  This oldie is a favourite of mine because of the beautiful message that there is a place for everyone, even the misfits.  The poster is available for download in our shop here.  I had it printed as a black and white engineer print at the local office store.  Find the tutorial to add the inexpensive wood top and bottom here.

holiday mantel ideas

This mantel is a little taste of what’s to come with my Christmas home tour next week -I can’t wait to share with you.

holiday mantel

With a holiday mantel like this one, life really is a party!

More Holiday Mantel Inspiration


Today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends for the Christmas Seasonal Simplicity Series. We’re all sharing our holiday mantel decor with you – be sure to check out these fabulous Christmas mantel decor ideas by clicking on the links below each image.

Cozy Cabin Christmas Mantel Decor with Pops of Red at The Happy Housie

Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel at A Pretty Life

Bright Colourful Merry Mantel at Tatertots and Jello

Red, White, and Gold Christmas Mantel at This is Our Bliss

Cozy Traditional Christmas Mantle at JoAnna Anastasia

Natural and Cozy Christmas Mantel at Modern Glam

Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Craftberry Bush

Merry and Bright Christmas Mantle at The Handmade Home

Assymetrical Christmas Mantel with Fresh Greenery and Blue Accents at The DIY Mommy

How to Hang a Garland on a Shelf for a Christmas Vignette at Fynes Designs

Elegant Holiday Living Room and Mantel at House by Hoff

Traditional Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas at Jennifer Maune

Christmas Mantel Mixing Faux and Fresh Greenery with Grey Accents at Deeply Southern Home

How to Decorate a Mantel for Christmas at She Gave it a Go

How to Decorate a Mantel with a TV Above It for Christmas at Home Made Lovely

My Classic Christmas Mantel with White and Red at Life is Better at Home

How to Style Your Shelves for the Holidays at My Sweet Savannah

Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Clean & Scentsible

Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling for the Holidays at This is Simplicite

Christmas Mantel Decor with Lighted Garland at Grace in My Space

Rustic Luxe Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Cherished Bliss

My Green and White Christmas Mantel at Cassie Bustamante

Holiday Mantel at Life is a Party

Asymmetrical Garland Mantel at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

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