I've been on a detour from the rooms I usually feature each Friday with the “Home Sweet Home on a Budget” series, so I can focus on the traditions and decorations that makes December such a special time to enjoy being in our own homes. And this Christmas, thanks to our newly updated mantel, I've had mantels on the brain!
A mantel is such a versatile surface. It's not too deep, so it's easier to use 2-D elements on a mantel than, say, a tabletop. Mantels are usually fairly wide, giving you the freedom to layer and group similar elements. Unlike shelves, mantels aren't too limited by height, so there is basically a lot of room to play around. These things add up to mantels being much easier to decorate than most home spaces, so you can have a lot of fun with fireplace decor. And holiday decor gives you ample opportunity to hang stockings or garlands from your mantel, which is a great way to add soft texture to the vignette.
Looking for some holiday mantel inspiration? Take a look at the mantels I've found that are perfect for Hanukkah, Christmas, or winter celebrations.
Hanukkah Mantel with Glitter Dreidels from Felt So Cute
Candles on the Mantel for Hanukkah from Better Homes & Gardens
Midwinter Lights Mantel from Lowe’s Creative Ideas
Miracles Hanukkah Mantel from Design Megillah
Blue Christmas Mantel from Traditional Home
Festive Blue Mantel from The Hunted Interior
Peace on Earth Mantel from Midwest Living
It’s a Wonderful Life Mantel from City Farmhouse
Fresh Greens and Burlap Mantel from The Butlers
DIY Traditional Mantel from Lowe’s Creative Ideas
Red and White Mantel from Giraffe Legs
Come All Ye Faithful Mantel from The House of Belonging
Snowflake Mantel from My Sister’s Suitcase
Red, Gold, and Lime Mantel from Positively Splendid
Merry and Bright Mantel from Lowe’s Creative Ideas
What's on your mantel, this month? What other things are you doing to decorate for the holidays? Get ready to share those ideas with us next week on Friday, December 21 for the Holiday Project Linkup.
Featured and Pinterest friendly picture in this post from Traditional Home