50 Christmas Mantles For Some Serious Decorating Inspiration

Everyone dreams of having a fireplace at Christmas. There’s just something about the Christmas morning daydream, with the sparkling tree and the crackling fireplace and the soft carols playing in the background, that speaks to each and every heart. Plus, the interior decorator within us is wishing for a mantel to decorate with all the holiday trimmings. Whether you are lucky enough to have a fireplace mantel in your home or you pretend the top of the bookshelf is your mantel, there are so many wonderful decorating ideas to get your space ready for Christmas. Take a look at these 50 Christmas mantels for some serious decorating inspiration.

Christmas quote bannerView in gallery

There’s nothing like a good old fashioned banner to wish everyone a merry Christmas or happy holidays. You can make yours with patterned paper or burlap or wood, whichever look suits your fireplace best. (via )

Advent calendar christmas mantelView in gallery

Many people keep the tradition of Advent calendars in their family and there are loads of styles you can buy and even make. Keep yours on your mantel to show off one of your family traditions to all your friends. (via )

Versatile mantel backgroundView in gallery

Wondering if you have enough to fill your mantel? Put together a background, like this window and shutters, that’s pretty yet neutral so you can easily change out the filler between seasons. (via )

 

Live christmas garlandView in gallery

Everyone else is on the live garland train so why shouldn’t you hope on board? While it takes a bit of maintenance, the fresh look and sweet smell make it totally worth it. (via )

Bottlebrush trees mantelView in gallery

Anyone else adore bottle brush trees as much as I do? They can easily make your mantel look like a miniature winter wonderland. Just sprinkle them around stacks of books or colored ornaments or candles for the best effect. (via )

Christmas quote chalkboardView in gallery

Chalkboards have their good qualities and bad qualities. If you have the talent for calligraphy, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of a giant chalkboard for your mantel. All the Christmas lyrics and classic Christmas Bible passages will be yours to command. (via )

Christmas mantel mirrorView in gallery

Are you looking at Christmas with a tight budget? Comb your house and choose your sparkliest mirror to hang above your fireplace for the holidays. No one will ever know you didn’t buy it especially for the occasion. (via )

Neutral colored mantelView in gallery

Many of you are probably wondering how you’re going to make bright red look appealing in your neutral colored home. The answer: don’t! Opt for nature inspired colors like green, cream, brown and gold instead. (via )

Ornament garland mantelView in gallery

You just have to stop and marvel at this gorgeous garland made from Christmas ornaments. It will make your living room feel more like Toyland all through December. And you’ll have some wonderful photo ops. (via )

Jared candles mantelView in gallery

Christmas is the time when you spend your evenings by the light of the Christmas tree. Make your mantle glow as well with candles in glass jars. (via )

Paper party balls mantelView in gallery

Don’t write off the honeycomb paper balls as cheap party decorations. A few small ones in coordinating colors can really help fill those empty spots on the mantel that you’ve been struggling with. (via )

Marquee christmas mantelView in gallery

Who doesn’t love a good marquee sign! Considering Christmas is all about the twinkle lights in every nook and cranny you can find, buy or build yourself a good holiday themed set of letters to light up your mantel. (via )

Duel tone christmas mantelView in gallery

Not everyone wants an explosion of red and green for Christmas. Stay classy by choosing two colors to decorate your mantel with. You’ll be surprised how much it helps you with all your decorating decisions. (via )

Ornament jars mantelView in gallery

Some of the best decor ideas are the ones you can complete in five minutes because you already have everything you need. Gather your glass jars and fill them with ornaments for a quick and easy mantel decoration. (via )

Christmas textures mantelView in gallery

If you can, don’t forget to play with your textures in your mantel decor. Knit stockings against a live garland and smooth wood will give the fireplace a look of completeness. Not to mention coziness. (via )

Christmas lights mantelView in gallery

Maybe you’re wanting a pretty bright mantel display. In that case, you’ll want to buy a few extra strings of lights when you make your annual Christmas lights shopping trip. Wound around garlands or by themselves, they’ll give the space even more Christmas glow. (via )

Decorate with presentsView in gallery

We spent a lot of time wrapping our presents perfectly. Why not use those wrapping skills to decorate your mantel? Wrap up some empty boxes in your prettiest wrapping paper for the best effect. (via )

Metallic christmas mantelView in gallery

Just because you have lights that glitter and shine doesn’t mean you should leave off the metallics for the holidays. Silver and gold should adorn your body and your mantel all December long. (via )

Stocking mantel decorView in gallery

Some of us have mantels that are so skinny, we are afraid to put lit candles on it. If you’re in the same boat, splurge on your favorite stockings and let those hanging socks do the decorating work for you. (via )

Vintage christmas mantelView in gallery

Many people prefer to be as nostalgic as possible around Christmastime. Go that route by adorning your mantel with vintage finds and meaningful mementoes. Think black and white photos of family and your grandmother’s Christmas platter. (via )

Red decor christmas mantelView in gallery

Please don’t throw out the possibility of red in your Christmas decor. Christmas is almost the only time that you can get away with it, no matter who you are. So try out the red bows and crimson ornaments for once. (via )

Nativity Christmas MantelView in gallery

If your Christmas celebrations revolve around your faith, don’t be afraid to shout it loud. Display the biggest nativity you can find on your mantel to remind you of the real reason for the season every day. (via )

Poinsetta Christmas mantelView in gallery

Missing your vase filled with flowers that usually decorates your mantel? Lucky for you, poinsettias are just as pretty as flowers and they’ll provide you with color for the rest of the winter. (via )

Fruits flowers mantelView in gallery

Let’s not think that poinsettias are the only acceptable flower for the holiday season. Feel free to fill your mantel garland with fruits and blooms if that’s what you prefer. (via )

Lanterns christmas mantelView in gallery

Black lanterns have been a trend for a while. This Christmas, instead of leaving them on the porch or worse, putting them away till next year, display them proudly above the fireplace. (via )

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High ceilings require big displays, especially for Christmas decor. Use a piece of fabric or a scarf to hang behind a wreath or mirror to make your entire mantel scene fit the rest of your home. (via )

Bright colored christmas mantelView in gallery

While red and green are the go tos for Christmas decor, we don’t need to leave out the rest of the rainbow. Find creative ways to add pops of yellow, pink and blue to your mantel for a well rounded and colorful Christmas. (via )

Duel wreath mantelView in gallery

It isn’t Christmas unless you have a wreath hanging somewhere in your home, and the mantel seems like the perfect spot. If you have a one of the longer mantels, don’t be afraid to hang two wreaths instead of one. Double the eye candy! (via )

Wooden sign mantelView in gallery

I am one of those people who dreams about large rustic signs. Go ahead and try it out this year with your favorite Christmas lyric or Bible verse. You’ll find you could probably start selling them to all your friends after that. (via )

Nutcracker christmas mantelView in gallery

The Nutcracker in all it’s elements is a classic Christmas tradition for so many people. Pay tribute to the holiday story by decking your mantel with some of those Christmas soldiers. (via )

Eucalyptus garlandView in gallery

There is a truth universally acknowledged that you cannot go wrong with eucalyptus. Wind some fresh eucalyptus leaves into your Christmas pine garland and you’ll have a clean and fresh look for the holiday season. (via )

Christmas star mantelView in gallery

I have a thing for stars. They give the illusion of sparkle and magic no matter where you put them. So using a starry theme for your Christmas mantel just makes sense, don’t you think? (via )

Christmas candle mantelView in gallery

With all your decorating spaces, it’s important to take various heights into account. When you’re putting together your Christmas mantel, try using a collection of white candles in different heights and sizes for a lovely glowing mantel. (via )

Decorate around the TVView in gallery

Lots of people mount their TV above the mantel because it just makes sense as the focal point in the room. But don’t think that negates you from Christmas mantel decor. Opt for low garlands and lights that will stay out of your way but give it a little cheer. (via pinterest.com)

DIYs christmas mantelView in gallery

Are you the DIY master? Bust out your silver and gold spray paint and get cracking. There are so many bits and baubles you can make yourself that are definitely Christmas mantel worthy. (via )

Faux snow mantelView in gallery

Don’t turn your nose up at fake snow. When you cover your mantel in it, it makes a very pretty setting for trees or ornaments or whatever else you put there. Plus it glows in your Christmas lights. Win win. (via )

Font play christmas mantelView in gallery

The most inspiring thing about this mantel is the collection of fonts they used. Choose your phrase and while you’re out shopping for decor, keep your eyes open for the words to complete it. The myriad of fonts will make it look whimsical and cheery. (via )

Feminine pink mantelView in gallery

A brave woman uses pink in her decorating. Yes, even her Christmas decorating. Go ahead and get the pink tinsel and the pink ornaments. They’ll look chic and feminine amidst the other Christmas mantel pieces. (via )

Mantel banner artView in gallery

Sometimes there isn’t much space or time to decorate for Christmas. When you’re looking at your calendar wondering when you’re going to get to it, consider hanging a Christmas themed banner above your mantel and calling it a day. (via )

Rustic christmas mantelView in gallery

We all read about Laura Ingalls’s Christmas experience. Create your own cabin-like Christmas by using dried fruit garlands and nature from the backyard to decorate your fireplace mantel. (via )

Jars of fairy lightsView in gallery

There’s nothing like a jar full of fairy lights to give you warm sparkly feelings. Get a few for yourself and let their cozy glow like up your mantel this Christmas. (via )

Mantle christmas villageView in gallery

Everyone loves a Christmas village. Whether it’s actual gingerbread, plain white or your mom’s vintage set, line up those little houses on your mantel for maximum attention. (via )

Pinecone christmas mantelView in gallery

Are you worried about your pet or child trying to eat a live garland? Craft a garland from pinecones instead. They’ll look quite unappealing to eat yet still feel very holiday appropriate. (via )

Mini mantel treesView in gallery

There’s a saying. You can never have too many trees. At least that’s why I say. Don’t stop at your big tree and fill your mantel with festive little trees too! (via )

Unique christmas wreathView in gallery

You can’t help but notice the amazing giant wreath made from vintage platters on this mantel. Think outside the box this year and make your wreath from teacup saucers or book pages or candy, something that will definitely set your mantel apart. (via )

Simple christmas mantelView in gallery

A simple mantel is always acceptable for Christmas. When the tree takes up so much attention, you can get away with a garland and your family’s stockings instead of half the Christmas box if you choose. (via )

Secret garden christmas mantelView in gallery

Are you looking to make your new home a romantic Christmas nest for you and your new spouse? Use lots of leafy greens to make your mantel into a secret garden for the coziest holiday you’ve ever experienced. (via )

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When you live at the beach, it can be a little difficult to decorate with pine. Instead of going classic, use sea glass and sea stars and shells and rope to make a beachy Christmas scene in your living room. (via )

Kid friendly christmas mantelView in gallery

Just because your mantel is in the kid’s playroom doesn’t mean you should skip it. Use bright colors and kid friendly decor to give their space a bit of Christmas cheer too. (via )

Winter christmas decorView in gallery

Don’t be afraid to think further than Christmas with your mantel decor. A garland of various greens is a great piece that will decorate for Christmas and still be applicable after New Years. (via )