Christmas will be here before you know it and one of the most enjoyable ways to exercise your creativity is by decorating your fireplace mantel. Unlike upgrading ornaments on your Christmas tree or using real greenery for your garlands, styling your mantel for the holiday doesn't have to be nearly as nerve-wracking.
Depending on your style, you can keep it classic with simple red stockings and snow globe cloches, or create a DIY advent calendar. All that's required are a few simple touches and a willingness to experiment with the right decorative accents.
Are you ready to get started and make your fireplace the focal point of your home? Take inspiration from these well-rounded selections of festive Christmas mantel ideas to celebrate the holidays in style.
Signs of Christmas
Skip the garland and stick to framed photos of your favorite holiday sayings — and then take your mantel one step further with rustic name tags on your stockings. Via Good Housekeeping
Who says a wreath is just for the front door? Bring the outdoors in with a magnolia wreath at the center of your mantel, surrounded by greenery and other natural touches. Via Pinterest
Make your DIY advent calendar the star of the show, with a display that puts it front and center so you can feel the anticipation for Christmas as it gets closer. Via Shades of Blue Interiors
Red, white, and green come together beautifully on this mantel, which includes just a few touches of contrasting black, like the black-and-white wallpaper that’s used as a background for the wreath. Via Crisp Collective
Christmas Mantle Banner
Gorgeous stainless steel, chrome, lush ribbons and thick, hefty card stock that is UV-coated to resist fading. Easy set-up-In less than 2 minutes, you can have your centerpiece ready to go. Now that’s what I call stress-free holiday decorating.
Scour your backyard for branches, tree trimmings, and bright berries, then bring your findings indoors and arrange them all on your mantel. Via Craft Berry Bush
Tired of the same old red-and-green color palette? These pretty display, featuring whites, ivories, and peachy hues are a beautiful complement to fresh greenery and a neutral decor. Via Jacquelyn Clark
Chalkboard Christmas Sign
Write new festive messages (holiday greetings, song lyrics, etc.) above your mantel every day of December with this rustic chalkboard Christmas display. Via Mom 4 Real
Christmas Carol Sign
This blogger fashioned this pretty mantel by layering greenery, garland, stockings, and white branches under a sign featuring some of her favorite Christmas song lyrics. Via From My Front Porch to Yours
Plaid Blanket Stockings
Blogger Nora Murphy used a series of old blankets, which had seen better days, to make these adorable tartan and fringe stockings for her home's mantel. Now they hang beautifully next to lush, homegrown garland. Via Country Living
The owner of this Connecticut home tucked gold garland throughout the arrangement. For a final stroke of genius, he draped glass beads from elk antlers hung on high. The silver and gold strands help the mixed metals seem intentional. Via Country Living
Advent Calendar Christmas Mantel
Simple garland and gold star wall decals frame the beautifully hung advent calendar. Touches of gold on top of the mantel tie everything together with decorations like candle sticks, a vintage banner, tinsel, and bottle brush trees. Via Alice Wingerden
Christmas Mantel Decor with Snow Globe Cloches
It’s the perfect fit as the cloches look just like giant snow globes! To make these cloches look like large snow globes, buffalo snow was added (not the flake kind but the kind that’s like cotton batten) to the base. Then bottle brush trees are added and pushed the base through the buffalo snow. In some of the cloches, wrapped boxes, red velvet and plaid ribbon were added to them. The last step was wrapping the gifts and trees with LED string lights on wire to get the full Christmas effect. Via So Much Better With Age
Modern Red and White Scandinavian
Here is a more modern and minimalist twist, with a hint of Scandinavian style mixed in. The “trees” on the mantel are very striking and different. The stockings have been given a bit of glam with crafted flowers. Via Cozy Little House
Natural winter greenery
Not only is this the place where stockings will be hung with care, but it’s also the focal point for the room. Bundles of silver dollar eucalyptus, juniper berries, Carolina sapphire cypress and white pine were created and added into the garland rope to build a full and natural design. These were bundled with florist tape and then attached to the cedar with florist wire. Via West Coast Gardens
As you can see you don't have to be an interior designer to pull off something beautiful. So get started with your Christmas mantel decor and turn your fireplace into an eye-catching focal point for the holidays.