Simple Christmas Mantel Decor featuring a black mirror, asymmetrical garland swag and candlesticks.
I wanted to keep things simple with my mantel for Christmas this year. I’m still working on projects at the guest cottage, so Christmas decorating has taken a bit of a back seat this season.
I’ve actually been enjoying the less is more approach the past few years. I’ve been pairing things down, and instead of decorating the whole house to the nines, I’m keeping to just a few strategic areas.
This year I wanted to highlight my new mirror above the mantel. This black Emmy mirror is from Crate and Barrel and I absolutely love it.
I was going to include it in my fall decor, but it arrived a bit too late. It’s looking perfectly at home on my Christmas mantel.
I kept the same candlesticks from my fall decor and added my collection of faux greenery in an asymmetrical swag.
That’s it! Oh, and I spent a good hour untangling the battery operated Christmas lights, but then done! You would think I would learn at some point to roll those up nicely :)
Let’s talk about the greenery again as I get questions every year about it. I’ll be posting a video on instagram for those of you who want a further visual of how I get such a full garland every year. I’ll break it down here too.
How to make a full looking Christmas garland with faux greens
- First, I start out with an inexpensive garland. You know that super bendy wired kind that you can shape however you want. It doesn’t look real in the slightest, but it is easy to manipulate into the exact shape you want.
- I keep the same small two nails in my mantel that I use year after year. Floral wire wrapped around the nail and then the garland is the key to keeping the garland in place. Command hooks could also work if you want to avoid nails, but this does get heavy depending on how many strands of garland you use.
- Next, I add in several types of realistic looking garland. I’ve been collecting mine over the last few years, but I’ll link some similar below. I like to use a mix of greens to add interest. You can wire these in with floral wire or just use the flexible branches of the inexpensive garland to hold them in place.
- Now is when I like to add the battery operated twinkle lights. I like to use the kind on a timer and set them to go on at dusk and stay on til about 11pm.
- Last, I add in any additional decor. I’ve used pinecones, ribbon, ornaments, berry sprigs, etc. Really just pick anything that works with your theme.
I decided to just stick with plain old greenery this year, but I’m really happy with how fresh and classic it feels!
You can take a look at past Christmas mantel decor below.
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Paint Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
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