Fresh ideas for your holiday mantel

Decorating your home for the holidays doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are five easy steps that will add holiday cheer to your mantel.

Moving outwards from the focal point, begin adding objects such as candles, pictures or vases in a casual way that doesn’t look too fussy or spaced.

1. Establish your focal point
A large mirror, piece of art, or wreath is a great starting point. “Shop” around your home and find a piece from a spare room or office that isn’t usually front and center. This will make your scheme feel new.
For my mantel, I chose a mirror that was not being used and layered a spruce alphabet wreath in front of it for more depth. You can get these fresh or faux from ballarddesigns.com or easy.com.

2. Be imperfectly perfect
Moving outwards from the focal point, begin adding objects such as candles, pictures or vases in a casual way that doesn’t look too fussy or spaced. I used mason jars of differing heights to fill out the rest of the space. Some were simply filled with mini pinecones and the others were wrapped in twine and topped with a tea light candle. This is a simple do-it-yourself project that really adds some rustic charm and coziness to the mantel.

3. Add something dramatic
This might be another piece that has height, a pair of objects for symmetry or something unexpected such as a funky figurine. I thought my mantel needed both symmetry and a bit more height so I placed two pillar candles on each side of the mirror.

4. Fill in the blanks
Tuck small pieces of greenery here and there to add another layer of texture and to fill in any blank spots. I also grabbed a few walnuts and placed those around the candles for a finishing touch.  The key here is to use something natural and textural so it brings your mantel to life.

Now that you are done decorating, grab a good book, start a fire and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Don’t forget to take a picture of your masterpiece and share it on Pinterest. Who knows, you just might be the inspiration for someone else’s holiday decor.

 

Jenny (Christensen) Mikrut is a Greenville native and currently resides on the north side of Grand Rapids with her husband and two children.  When she isn’t decorating her own house, Jenny works for Ashley Cole Interior Design and writes the home design blog ashtonsebastian.com.

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