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15 Lovely Mantel Christmas Decoration Ideas

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Elegant Gold Mantel

Get some great ideas for your Christmas mantel design before you start decorating. Go elegant or veer off into the whimsical realm. Use live greenery to set the holiday spirit or opt for the convenience of artificial pine garland. No matter what you choose, it's all designed to reflect the magic of the season.

This mantel design is luxurious. The mix of gold berry sprigs and glitter balls in brown, gold and brown/gold stripes are repeated in the ribbons adorned with gold reindeer. It's all highlighted with a lighted pine and pinecone garland, creating a truly stunning mantel design.

Traditional English Mantel

Rosemary trees are a traditional English Christmas decoration, displayed here in gold miniature pots with a gold ribbon. This gardener's delight design uses fresh ivy, holly, and cedar with scattered pinecones. Use your favorite pitcher to recreate the centerpiece of boughs of holly and hot-glued, gold-painted walnuts. This creates an inexpensive yet classic look.

Christmas Scene

Display a cherished nativity scene, Christmas village, or Byers' Choice carolers. This crèche features a clever interpretation of the fabled star with a gold gathered fabric streaming beneath the star light. Drilled holes in a blue velvet board allow miniature lights to shine through. A swag of beads and bows strung beneath the mantle adds the finishing touch.

Lo, a Rose Tree Mantel

Another budget-friendly mantel decoration features red Christmas balls (minus their hanger caps) with silk roses inserted into the hole, placed in a variety of cocktail stemware. Frosted glass votive candleholders are set evenly between the glasses. A swag garland of faux holly and poinsettia is the perfect accent choice. Light the candles and you're ready to celebrate!

Frosty Purple Mantel

Create this cool mantel design with frosted pine/pinecone garland, snowflake ornaments, white Christmas balls and garland strands of faux pearls and snowflakes. Add lavender ribbons, bows and purple tree silhouettes. The reindeer cutout centerpiece can be created with lavender card stock or painted wood decorated with snowflakes and Christmas trees. Hang purple stockings, either in gingham or another design, with satin streamers and wait for Santa to arrive.

Dramatic Medieval Design

Recreate the romance of a medieval Christmas by draping lush cedar boughs over the mantel and allowing them to cascade to the floor. White taper and column candles anchor each end of the mantel framing the red and white poinsettias. A mirror sitting on the mantel doubles the effect. Just add a few silver Christmas balls, silver vases, and candlesticks. Hang plain red stockings to complete the simple elegance of this mantel design.

Colonial Pears With Symmetry

A perfectly balanced design uses a symmetrical approach. Reminiscent of Colonial Williamsburg, the long-leaf pine, rosemary sprig, and magnolia leaf greenery is decorated with pears. On each side of the hanging wreath above are burgundy-colored taper candles and rustic plaster finials, spiral-wrapped with faux miniature pinecone garlands. Add a modern twist with strands of faux pearls woven through the wreath and mantel greenery.

Rustic Forest Candle Design

Rustic forest design creates a focal point with burgundy and forest green pillar candles of varying sizes. A simple pine garland is draped swag-style along the mantel. Each end of the mantel displays a gold bow and there is a gold center bow. In keeping with the forest theme, blackened metal stocking holders in the shape of a Christmas tree serve two purposes. Embroidered stockings are hung from the mantel to complete this cohesive design.

Whimsical Christmas Colors

A touch of the whimsical brightens this mantel design. Pine garland is decorated with brilliant red and gold ribbons and ornaments of butterflies and poinsettias. The florist metallic leaves and sprigs carry out the glittery theme. The stockings take center stage with pom-pom trim. Kids will love this mantel style.

French Country

Various sized pillar candles sitting atop the mantel, and a low hung swag of myrtle and olive leaves with cedar boughs draped beneath the mantel create a mystical ambiance. A mirror rests on the mantel with a boxwood wreath suspended over it. A bronze framed watercolor and a small jewelry chest flank the mirror. To complete the look, burlap stockings trimmed with a bird toile fabric are hung from round door pulls.

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa!

This mantel has all the iconic Christmas elements, including Jolly Ole Saint Nick, red and gold Christmas balls, a teddy bear, candles and even a word message of the season. A brilliantly lit garland hangs from the mantel and highlights the famous images of Christmas.

Candle Mania

This design is a candle lovers delight! Clusters of small red balls are placed in pine garlands. A simplistic ball garland swag is balanced with a stocking on each end of the mantel. The stocking holders feature pinecones and work well with the garland behind them.

Traditional Mantel Scarf

Discover the beauty of mantel scarves - an age-old favorite for any season. This red and gold damask scarf is lined with gold polyester and features thick full tassels. Nativity figurines are the centerpiece and flanked by candlesticks. Add your prized art objects to complete this style of low-key holiday decorating.

Simple Gold and Bronze

For the minimalists, this mantel design is ideal. Several bronze, gold, and brown magnolia leaves are scattered along the mantel. Gold-topped stockings with tassels and bells take center stage with this design.

Village Scene

A village scene with a lace mantel scarf that continues the scene creates a large vignette. A pine garland with red plaid ribbons is draped below the lace scarf. You can substitute other types of collectibles, such as gingerbread houses, for a truly unique mantel.

Any of these mantel designs will create a memorable and festive Christmas decoration that family and friends are sure to enjoy!

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15 Lovely Mantel Christmas Decoration Ideas