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Our 20 Favorite Mantel Decorating Ideas | Christmas Mantel Decor

Looking for some ideas to decorate your mantel for the holidays? You’re in the right place! Make your home more festive with these Christmas mantel ideas.

Welcome the Christmas season with a fabulously decorated mantel. With some evergreen, ornaments, pine cones, candles, and a little bit of creativity, your mantel becomes a welcoming focal point. Choose any of our Christmas mantel decor ideas below and make this a fun activity for your entire family.

20 Fabulous Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Fireplace mantels are always fun to decorate, especially with Christmas decorations. It creates a fun and festive environment in any home. In case you haven’t completed your Christmas mantel decor, I have some great mantel decorating ideas you can try. I just love to make every area of my living room mantel as lovely as I possibly can. And having a great mantel decor doesn’t have to be pricey, some ideas here are practically free for you to make. So what are you waiting for, scroll down and find the Christmas mantel decor for your home and find out how to decorate a mantel today!


1. Santa’s Corner Christmas Mantel

Bright colors scream Christmas! I just love seeing Santa, reindeer, and all the amazing gifts. If you’re feeling inspired, why not add some elves on the side too!


2. The Joy of Christmas Mantel

I’m sure your home will be filled with joy when you recreate this beautiful Christmas mantel. Don’t you just love the red and gold color scheme here?


3. Natural Greens Christmas Mantel Decor

Go natural with some lush greenery. Don’t forget to add the pine cones! What a great way to add fresh and simple greenery and all their in all their glory to your in your mantel decorating.


4. Pallet Wall Art Mantel

Got some unused pallets lying around? Try your hand at painting or stenciling with this amazing mantel decorating idea.


5. Faux Fireplace Mantel

This is an absolute favorite. I just love this creative idea for homes that don’t have fireplaces. This faux mantel decor will work best for apartments.


6. Silver & Green Mantel Decor

With a bit of silver paint, you can definitely recreate this beautiful Christmas mantel decor. Quick, easy, inexpensive and appealing holiday décor!


7. Glowing Chalkboard Christmas Mantel

Make your living room glow with this fireplace mantel idea. You can copy the words or customize it with your favorite Christmas phrase.


8. Colorful Christmas Mantel

If you have kids, well this is something I’d definitely to recommend. You’ll love how colorful and fun this Christmas mantel is. Make these colorful little boxes and string them up on a garland on your mantel. And that’s about it, that’s how to decorate a mantel!


9. Rustic Christmas Mantel Decor

Want to try something rustic for your fireplace mantel? Make these adorable stocking hangers! Personalize them by putting your family’s pictures in them.


10. Winter Mantel

Love a white Christmas? Here’s a great Christmas mantel you can make to capture just that. Check out the ornament made from book pages – it’s simply stunning.


11. Easy Ornament Garland Mantel

Have a lot of extra ornaments after your tree decorating? Here’s the best use for them. See how you can turn it into a Christmas mantel in just ten minutes or less.


12. Noel Christmas Mantel

This isn’t too hard to make, in case you’re wondering. Drop by any craft store for the big letters, paint and glue them together. Customize it any way you like!


13. The Nativity Mantel Decor

Is there any place better to put the nativity scene than on your fireplace mantel? The nativity and the banner look gorgeous together.


14. DIY Cardboard Christmas Fireplace

If you’re not satisfied with our faux fireplace mantel earlier, try a DIY cardboard Christmas fireplace. Create your own surprisingly realistic faux fireplace from cardboard.


15. Christmas Jar Mantel

If you want to keep it simple but with a wow factor, here’s the Christmas mantel for you to try. Indeed, classics never go out of style!


16. Christmas Mantel from Repurposed Window

There are so many things you can do with what others might call junk. Take this Christmas mantel decor for one, if you have an old window, a little paint will go a long way.


17. Printable Christmas Mantel

Pressed for time with all the holiday rush? Decorate your fireplace mantel with this printable art and banner. You’ll only need 3 quick and easy steps and you’ll have your own Christmas subway art to flaunt.



18. Fun Party Fireplace Mantel

Since Christmas isn’t Christmas without a party, make your fireplace mantel into one! This is an easy idea you can make!


19. Christmas Star Mantel Decor

What is Christmas without the star? Put it on your mantel and I’m sure it will make everything merry. Your Christmas mantel is definitely going to be a huge hit.


20. Cute Snowman Mantel

I just love the white and blue color of this Christmas mantel. I’m sure you’ll agree those tiny snowmen complete the ensemble.


Need more Christmas mantel decorating ideas? Watch this video from Michaels Stores and learn how to decorate your mantel with garlands, candles, and figurines: 

There you go, crafters! Fill your fireplace mantel with any of these Christmas mantel decor ideas. Let these stunning mantel arrangements be your decorating inspiration this year. They are sure to transform your fireplace mantel into a striking spot for the holidays. I really can’t wait to get started!

How about you? What’s your favorite mantel decorating ideas from this list? Let me know in the comments section below!

In need of a DIY Christmas card ideas? Take a look at my favorite list of 22 Handmade Calligraphy Christmas Cards!


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  1. I love love some of these Christmas ideas Thank you for them.. I just wish I had had them sooner . All the decorating is done for this year. In fact today is the day for our family Christmas. I was trying to find the goast that you made out of a tomato cage. no luck tho. keep the great things coming.

  2. You are so cool! I don’t suppose I’ve read through a single thing like this before.

    So great to discover another person with genuine thoughts on this topic.
    Really.. thank you for starting this up. This site is
    something that is required on the web, someone with some originality!


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