Making of a Christmas Mantle

Christmas Mantle Detail

Every year, I style my Christmas mantle using a variation on a theme. This year, I decided to abandon my usual and go for “traditional-simple” …at least, where my family room mantle was concerned. Usually, this mantle is draped from floor-across the top to-floor with a gorgeous faux pre-lit Frontgate garland, and then hung with varying sizes and textures of red ball ornaments, ribbon, etc. It’s lovely. But this year, I just wanted an Old English look. Here’s the Christmas mantle transformation from beginning to end in photos:

Mantle Greens

Bare bones to start–Just a mixture of good, realistic faux greenery. This is a working gas fireplace that we use frequently, if not for our own comfort, then for the pleasure of our cat!

Greens+Berries

Next, I added this wonderful, large green berries I found at Hobby Lobby. They are a deep, dark green, and the perfect additional depth the greenery needed. I bought every stem I could find!

Close-up of Green Berries

Aren’t they just fabulous? Next, I added Magnolia leaf stems for more depth, another texture, and another SHAPE. WHEW. You’d think this would start to look busy, but the color scheme all in the same color family keeps things in line. Which means I needed to mix it up and add some PUNCH. So here it is: ORANGES.

  

They just got laid in there wherever I felt I needed some color and shine. These are really good faux oranges, so that my beautiful wood mantle stays unharmed and my husband doesn’t pitch a fit…See how the shapes, and textures, and the colors play off one another? There’s round & oval, and spiky (oh! my!); smooth, veined, mottled; and a full color spectrum from citrus to emerald to deep dark forest green. Depth, character, dimension. I’m loving this beautiful Christmas Mantle design.

Finished Mantle CU

And here is the finished product! As you can see, I tucked in some vintage post candesticks that I bought years ago (more texture, and candles arriving soon)…they work well with the large clock and add just a bit more height and heft along the length. I’m loving the pop of the oranges!

Wide View Mantle
Here’s the full view of the mantle as completed. Merry Christmas and Enjoy!