It’s my favorite time of the year. Decorating for Christmas, where anything and everything festive makes an appearance. I love creating new looks each year and the challenge of using what I have with new items to create designs. This year my theme became a little woodlands vibe based all around our great room Christmas tree. So I wanted to design our main mantel to coordinate with it. Here’s how it turned out.
I have a system I usually do when creating a mantel scape. This year I wanted to incorporate the mirror into the design as well. It’s easier for me to break it down into sections so I started above the mantel first.
Creating the space above the mantel is usually where I start. I like to get a visual of the direction to take the entire space. However many people have a tv over their mantel and then of course that wouldn’t apply. I also knew I wanted to do a more asymmetrical look this year. First, I hung the reindeer with wire to a small nail in the trim above the mirror. Then I created a swag and floral arrangement off center and attached it with wire to nails above.
Next I added 2 6′ strands of faux cedar garland across the mantel anchoring with small nails. To create a fuller look, I added in a few extra greenery stems to give a more natural look to the greens.
Then I started building the arrangement in the garland. To balance the decor on the mirror, I created the floral grouping or cluster on the opposite side of the mantel. I began by adding birch branches to create a framework for the rest of the florals.
Once I had the branches anchored, I added 2 poinsettias and some berries in a similar look as the mirror swag. Then I added a vintage bell and pretty velvet ribbon to complete the look.
Once I completed the floral arrangement, I added varying sizes of black candlesticks and battery operated candles for height and ambiance.
I then treaded battery operated fairy lights through the greenery to add a pretty glow.
Once everything was complete, I added our stockings by hanging from small command hooks. Small pieces of greenery and black name tags were the finishing touch of whimsey and personalization.
I love the cozy warm glow and effortless feel of this design and the slight touch of elegance.
For more Christmas inspiration you can check out these posts Welcome To My Christmas Decor Home Tour, Beautiful Woodlands Christmas Tree, How To Create A Beautiful Christmas Mantel With Faux Greenery
I hope this inspired you and gave you some ideas to create your own festive mantel. Stay tuned for more decor posts and a home tour very soon.
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