The fireplace mantel has long been a traditional focal point for both seasonal and holiday decorating. Guests always seem to gravitate around the fireplace to settle in with a nice cup of coffee or hot apple cider and enjoy the warmth of the crackling fire. If your fireplace mantel is plain during the holiday season, you are wasting the opportunity to really charm your guests during their stay. Do not simply just warm their hands while they sip a favorite holiday drink. You need to use some simple mantel Christmas decorating ideas that will warm their hearts.
Garland is a beautiful and elegant way to adorn your fireplace mantel. There are many ways to decorate a mantel with garland, but Fir tree and pine garland smell absolutely wonderful. Simply drape a few strips of this remarkable fresh greenery along the top of your mantel, intertwine it with some clear Christmas mini lights, and tie in a few red velvet bows to add some Christmas color.
If you are seeking an elegant and unique form of decorating your mantel with garland, I suggest you use Magnolia and holly branches. Wire shinny blue, green, silver or gold Christmas ball ornaments into the garland to increase the glamorous look. Silver or gold ribbons laced throughout the piece adds a finishing touch.
A simple and inexpensive way to add true charm to your mantel Christmas decorating ideas is to dress it up with the extra Christmas ball ornaments you have. Silver, Crystal or glass bowls, and vases and urns become astonishing pieces of decor simply by filling them with colorful unused ornaments and placing them on top of your fireplace mantel. Tie ribbons around the vases or bowls. To give it an Earthy tone, add sprigs of greenery such as pine, cedar, and holly branches. Place some matching Christmas candles along the edges of the mantel to soften the mood.
If you would rather work with more rustic tone mantel Christmas decorating ideas, then you will be sure to fall in love with using pine cones for your Christmas decorating. There are many ways to decorate with pine cones. You can tie holiday colored ribbons to the end of the pine cones and hang them from a nail on your fireplace mantel, attach pine cones on to small green Christmas wreaths and hang or perch them along your mantel corners, or fill crystal bowls with different sized pine cones and place them on top of the fireplace.
Another amazing way to decorate your fireplace mantel with pine cones is to first spray paint the cones in colors such as red, green, silver or gold and let them dry. If you want to add some elegance, use glitter. Tie pretty shinny ribbons and bows to the dried pine cones and add small sprigs of greenery such as holly branches. Now you are ready to hang them above your fireplace mantel or from a large Fir or pine wreath and place it above your fireplace.