Bob the Elf has officially landed—on our mantel. And, as soon as he flies back to the North Pole tomorrow and takes up a new spot in our house, I plan to start decorating for Christmas.
In the meantime, I’ve been pinning my little heart out and found some great—and easy—inspiration for creating beautiful mantels:
Love this idea of flanking the fireplace with two tall trees. It’s such a statement and actually eliminates the need to decorate much of the actual mantel. It’s also a fun solution if you are short on space for a full-sized Christmas tree.
This monochromatic mantel would be easy to recreate. And, it’s a great idea if you have a piece of art above your fireplace that doesn’t jive with your Christmas decor. Simply buy a large canvas from your local craft store and wrap in a textured white fabric. Mix in glass and natural elements for a clean, sophisticated look.
I love the sparkle and casual element that galvanized tins bring to Christmas decor. And, layering lots of the same thing—tins, glass, garland, etc.-- is always an easy way to make a big impact.
Traditional and simple (of course, Martha makes everything look easy). You can’t go wrong with layers of fresh garland, and I like how the icicles are mixed in. The pop of green in the urns on the hearth completes the look.
Cottage Living (I think, correct me if I’m wrong.)
I’m not in love with this entire look but I like that the overall idea could be achieved with a couple of trips to Goodwill and some spray paint. The layered white mirrors create an easy, sparkly backdrop for the rest of your decor. Even if you can’t find enough mirrors, you could buy some inexpensive artwork, paint the frames white, and transform the glass with this product I found out about here through Pinterest:
(This could actually be great if you wanted to spray a collection of glass containers for your mantel, as well.)
Hope this gets you thinking! Have you started your Christmas decorating yet? (Don’t tell me if you’ve finished. . . )
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