My Christmas Mantel Decor

Since I just finished building a fake fireplace a few weeks ago, this is the first year I’ve had a mantel to decorate for Christmas. You better believe I was going to take advantage of it!
Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantel Having never really gone to town decorating a mantel for Christmas before, I didn’t quite know how I was going to decorate it, but with some inspiration from Pinterest, I soon figured it out. The branches are all left over from when we trimmed the base of our Christmas tree to make it fit in the stand, and I rummaged my house for everything else. I kept it pretty simple, just adding pinecones, string lights, antlers, and some candles.

Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantel

I actually started with a different set of plug-in Christmas lights. I liked them, but wanted to try some battery-operated string lights that would be more subtle. Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantel

So I took the whole shebang down and started over. On the second go-round I added this mini letterboard:
Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantelSidenote: I just found out that an adult American human I know has never seen Home Alone! If you live in another country where it wasn’t THE holiday kids movie it makes sense, but honestly I didn’t even know that it was possible to grow up in the US without having seen it at least once. But if you google “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal,” you’ll find out that that quote is from a fake movie series within Home Alone and Home Alone 2. So now I feel ridiculous for not having realized that those movies weren’t real. Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought they they were real old movies that Kevin was watching.

Ok, back to the Christmas mantel.

My original intention was to hang stockings from those holders that are a simple weighted base with a hook, preferably in white. But when I went to buy some at Target like a week or two ago, they were completely out in stores and online, and I couldn’t find simple ones that I liked anywhere else. So I wracked my brain (pun intended), and came up with the idea to use antler sheds as stocking hooks. Maybe next year I’ll get real hooks, but I actually really like the rustic vibe that the antlers add, so I’ll probably put them up even if I’m not hanging stockings from them.

Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantel

Also, both Steven and I have Santa stockings with our names on them that our grandmas knit. The grandmas who knit them are both gone now, but it’s nice to know that we’ll always have the stockings to remind of us of them every Christmas.Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantel

Never decorated a mantel for Christmas before? Neither had I, but it's easy! Keep your Christmas mantel simple with greenery, lights, and a few accessories. #Christmas #decor #mantel

So that’s my holiday mantel decorating for this year. These pictures are making me desperately want to repaint the yellow-ish walls that I complain about every time they appear here, so maybe that will be my first house project of 2018.

Merry Christmas!

Subscribe to DIY in PDX

Want to make sure not to miss a post? Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.

4 thoughts on “My Christmas Mantel Decor

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.