Decorate Your Mantel

Style Guide: Dress your mantel with our classic, updated, and easy holiday ideas.


[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Jennifer Berno, associate decorating editor at Southern Living magazine. With stockings, garland, and candlelight. The mantle gets extra special treatment during the Christmas holidays. Here are some ideas for dressing your mantle this year. For a classic look on the mantle, drape pine garland from end to end. Tuck pine cones, ornaments, or even fresh flowers into the garland to add a personal touch. If you don't have space for a full garland, try clipping branches from your tree to lay on top of the mantle. Create a traditional swag on the mantle with surprisingly nontraditional materials. Use thin tree branches and birch bark shavings to make up a simple swag. Red berries and frosted Christmas trees in varying heights, Lend holiday touches to a rustic arrangement, which could actually be used throughout the fall and winter seasons. [MUSIC] Consider using fresh flowers on the mantle along with, or instead of, greenery. Paperweights and poinsettias are classic Christmas flowers that make a big impact when used in abundance. White or red tulips, available at the flourist year round, are a fresh alternative to standard holiday options. [MUSIC] Candles on the mantle add a nice romantic glow. [MUSIC] Try using a collection of silver julip cups to support pillar candles. Turn them upside down and secure them to the mantle with sticky tack, available at the craft store. Camouflage the space between the cup and the candle with fresh blooms and berries. [MUSIC] Create symmetry on your mantle with large vases on either end. Fill them with green apples or moss balls and tall magnolia branches for a holiday arrangement that's subtle enough to last into the new year. [MUSIC] The fireplace is often the heart of the home, so give your mantle some extra holiday cheer this year. For more holiday inspiration, pick up a copy of Southern Living and visit [MUSIC]
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