Holiday Mantels

Holiday Mantels

 RMS-mysweetsavannah_chalkboard-holiday-mantel_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.822[1]  thBSZGA3P3‘Tis the season to pull out all the stops and decorate for the holidays! If you have a fireplace then the mantel is the perfect place to make some impact and create a focal point in your living room or great room. Here are some pointers to make a statement: if you have a nice deep mantel 9-10” you can use real pine greens or an artificial garland. Measure the top and sides of the mantel and get at least a 15’ strand or combine 2 9’ strands. The string of live garland comes in 15’ but it only looks good hanging down one side as the other side falls out so I think the pieces of pine greens work better. It is always nice to have it lit with white lights.

Now add tall objects such as candle holders, trees, or other objects mine has 2 large reindeer. You can add a mirror over the top or a large picture (maybe of Santa) or empty picture frames. The idea is to make a collage of different objects and heights, even offset one side with more than the other. On my living room mantel I do use artificial as I put it up early and then I add picks of berries and pine cones to make it more dimensional. In the family room I add balls and stars. So the idea is to add what you have, find or is your favorite Christmas collectable. If you are renting or on a budget just make it sparse but go outdoors and cut holly berries or pine stems from the trees. Also the long handled picks are always available from the craft store. Some of the designer magazines are really full mantels but I think a sparse homemade mantel is just as attractive. In these photos I really like the one where they just used a chalk board and wrote the message on it for artwork.Christmas-Decorating-Ideas-1[1]

Now treat the space over the mantel with something fun and don’t forget to put some tall objects on the floor beside the legs of the fireplace.Myra.jpg.rendition.largest[1]

Pick your color scheme- it can be all white, multicolor, blue, green, gold or all red even wicker. Have fun experimenting and enjoy the season!