Where we come, getting together and decorating the mantel of your fireplace is a family tradition. People usually use a combination of things they’ve bought and found and thing they’ve actually made themselves in order to build a pretty holiday scene and aesthetic in the centre of their main social room, setting the atmosphere and making things seem very merry indeed. That’s why, around this time of year, we’re always on the lookout for tutorials and inspiration that will help us make, gather, and set up a mantel that really makes us feel the holiday spirit!
Are you feeling just as intrigued as we are, if not more, in the idea of making yourself a beautiful Christmas fireplace display to kick off the holiday season? Check out these 15 fantastic ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Pretty pastel Christmas mantel
Pastel colours might not look like the traditional Christmas set up, but they make us happy so how could we argue with that? If you’re also a fan of the idea of having a pastel Christmas, then we’re pretty sure Serendipity Refined‘s guide to how they created this lovely light and bright mantel might be just the kind of thing you’re looking for right from the outset!
2. Pretty light blue mantel
Have we actually really caught your attention with the idea of incorporating a little bit of pastel colour in your fireplace decor scheme but you can’t help feeling like you’d much rather stick to a rather white and blue aesthetic instead of including pinks and greens as well? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll really appreciate this guide from Remodelacasa that shows you how they used light blue, white, and silver to make a spot that looks very icy indeed.
3. Icy mint and silver mantel
Do you quite enjoy the idea of making a DIY mantel display that’s clearly inspired by the ice outside your cozy home door but you’re just not sure that particular kind of light blue will suit your home, which has quite a number of green tones it might clash with? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Sunny Side Up Blog created a beautiful variation on the theme using silver and mint green instead!
4. DIY mantel ornament garland
Perhaps you’re looking for something that’s actually a little more colourful and bright than the ideas you’ve seen so far? In that case, we think you actually just might be the perfect person to give this beautiful glass Christmas ornaments garland that sits very well across the top of a fireplace mantel a try! Learn more about just how simply it can be made on Brit + Co..
5. Festive green and plaid mantel
Does your home actually already have quite a country chic aesthetic to it so you’ve been scrolling through our list hoping to come across something that’s got a slightly more woodland style to it, just to make sure things suit well? In that case, we have a feeling you might appreciate this warm and homey feeling green and plaid mantel from Far Above Rubies that’s very festive indeed.
6. Sparkling white vintage Christmas mantel
Do you actually love the way a bit of silver and sparkle can really help you create a fireplace display that looks like a fresh layer of snow but you’re concerned that the blue and mint versions we showed you look a little too contemporary for your very old fashioned fireplace? Then we’d be willing to bet that you might get along a little better looked at the way My Shabby Streamside Studio created this sparkling white vintage Christmas mantel instead!
7. Beautiful pine and ribbon mantel garland
Have we really got you feeling enamoured by the whole concept of making a large Christmas mantel garland but you’re just not sure the colourful nature of the glass ornaments idea we showed you earlier on our list quite suits the kind of holiday atmosphere you’re trying to build? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Craft Patch made this lovely, woodsy looking pine and ribbon mantel piece instead! We love the way they accented with little red lights that almost look like cranberries.
8. Cheers! lightbox mantel marquee
Is contemporary actually precisely the kind of holiday aesthetic you’re going for this year in terms of how you’d like to decorate your fireplace mantel? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at A Beautiful Mess to see how they put their energy into making a lovely greeting marquee to lean against the wall, accenting it with some matching gold pieces and a white and cream yarn pom pom garland below. Cheers, indeed!
9. DIY ornament Merry mantel sign
Have we actually really caught your attention with this whole concept of creating a mantel sign to sit above your fireplace but you’re just not sure that you’re ready to create things that actually light up? Well, if you can get your hands on an abundance of the very glass Christmas balls we’ve been talking about since the beginning of our list, then you have most of what you need to create this alternative type of sign instead! Check out how Homey Oh My constructed their letters with the ornaments fitted into shaped letter frames in order to spell out the word “merry”.
10. DIY golden mantel nutcrackers
Are you actually on the lookout for just a few more pieces to add to the mantel scheme you’ve already started building above your fireplace but you’re hoping for something very simple indeed, just to add a finishing touch and fill some last spaces? Well, if you can get your hands on plain wooden nutcrackers at your local crafting or home decor store, then we think you might appreciate the way The Sweetest Occasion shows you how to paint them nice and carefully! They chose metallic gold for their colour but you could swap that shade out to suit whatever you’ve already adorned your fireplace in.
11. Fun cotton and lace mantel wreath
So long as the pieces you put up around and above your fireplace suit a wintery atmosphere in some manner, are you totally fine with them looking quite whimsical and unconventional rather than traditionally Christmas themed? Well, if you’ve ever been a lover of pink things or decor elements that are quite delicate and girly, then we’re pretty sure White Lace Cottage has precisely the kind of thing you’re looking for! Check out their tutorial to learn more about how this fun cotton and lace mantel wreath was made in just a few simple steps.
12. Pretty pinecone Christmas mantel
Are you actually still thinking about how much you love the idea of making a fireplace display that’s quite heavy on the pinecones because you just love the way they look when you bring the outside in a little, but you have more space to fill and need another piece? Then we definitely think you should check out how Creative Ambitions created this lovely painted pinecone wreath that looks like it was caught in a fresh snow fall.
13. Rustic glam Christmas mantel
Upon first read, we realize that not everyone thinks the words “rustic” and “glam” really go together, but once we saw the way Yellow Bliss Road used their creative skills to make it happen, we just couldn’t help adoring the stunning contrast that pieces from each side of that spectrum create when you put them together! Their use of burlap and greenery perfectly balances gold ornaments and twinkling lights for a look that’s contemporary and old-timey all at once.
14. Cozy faux Christmas fireplace and mantel
Are you actually a residence dwelling college student with no fireplace to speak of but decorating the mantel each year with your family and sitting around the fireplace at home has always been one of your favourite holiday traditions? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to try out this adorable faux fireplace and tinsel mantel idea from Idunn Goddess that lets you literally create your own cardboard fireplace in order to feel a little more at home.
15. Tips and tricks for decorating a mantel with many stockings
Are you actually part of a very large family indeed and you love the idea of following the old traditional and hanging stockings above the fireplace, but you find it starts to look a little crowded and not so stylish? Then we’d definitely encourage you to take a look at this cute tips and tricks guide from The DIY Mommy for working with stockings and setting up a busy fireplace decor scheme where everything has its place so things don’t look too cramped, even if they really are a little.
Have you made and arranged other kinds of beautiful Christmas mantels and fireplace displays before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!