Decorating a Fireplace Mantel for Christmas

What You'll Need
Gold or cream colored fabric
Glass containers or Crystal Vases
Dried flowers
Jingle Bells
Christmas Balls
Cones or Pine Corns
Candy Cones
Red and Green Apples
Limes and Lemons
Goblets with Candles
Christmas Cards/Pictures

On the occasion of Christmas, fireplace mantel is considered to be the most important area of attention after the traditional Christmas tree itself and hence, many decorate it with creativity and enthusiasm. Fireplace decorations give your house a warm and cozy feeling during the holidays and also woo your guests into cherishing the memories they have or will create with you. Some of the most common fireplace decoration themes are the Victorian theme and the Classic Red and Green theme.

Below are the things you shall require and the steps using which you can décor your fireplace mantel.

Step 1: Plan your Decorations

In order to décor your fireplace mantel effectively and without any last-minute hassles, it is necessary that you plan ahead so that you may be able to shop for the things you require before hand and may also be able to look for alternatives (if what you originally required cannot be found).

Step 2: Basic Decoration

Use gold or cream colored fabric to drape over the fireplace while it hangs around the corners. Usually light or subtle colors are used for the fabric so that the decorative material placed on tap can stand out and seem prominent.

Step 3: Containers and Fillers

Glass containers or crystal vases are present in almost all houses and this Christmas, get them all out and filled, for they are going to be placed on top of your fireplace. The fillers that you could use range from dried flowers and leaves (which add a tint of nature in your decorations), jingle bells (which come in typical-Christmas colors and the usage of two or more colors looks aesthetically appealing), Christmas balls (which are brightly colorful making them one of the children’s favorites), cones or pine corns (which come in many sizes and can be sprayed into whatever color you require).

Step 4: Placement

The placement of these filled vases or containers should be done in a varied way so that symmetry of size is not present and a diversified form of imagination is visible. Light statues, candy cones, red and green apples, limes and lemons are a popular way of filling up the rest of the space on your fireplace as both the apples and candy cones can be eaten even after the festivities are over. Adding goblets with candles or preferably scented candles are also a great way of adding beauty to your fireplace area. Use two or more forms/textures/colors of ribbons on the corners of the fireplace to make bows which offer your display an air of grandeur.

Step 5: Place around the Hearth

To show off some more creativity and to put some meaning into your holiday decorations use old Christmas postcards or greeting cards and place them around the hearth. You can also put up pictures around the hearth that your family or guests have a history or a fond memory with.  Wrapped up Christmas gifts can also be placed around the hearth (instead of the Christmas tree).