How To Decorate A Rustic Christmas Mantel


It’s the most wonderful time of the year and for me, the Christmas magic is already flowing! This is our first Christmas in our new home and I am soaking it all up. I have been taking my time decorating each room for Christmas and enjoying every minute. Last week I shared Christmas in our dining room and today is our fireplace and mantel. I will be sharing how to decorate a rustic Christmas mantel.

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And if you are in need of some Christmas mantel inspiration then today is your lucky day! I am joining Krista from The Happy Housie for her Seasonal Simplicity Series and today is all about mantels. Make sure to visit all 20 beautiful posts linked at the end of my post!

How To Decorate A Rustic Christmas Mantel

Like I mentioned above this is our first Christmas in this home. If you are new around here I LOVE CHRISTMAS! I love that I get to celebrate my birthday in the same month as Jesus! (I was born on the 22nd & brought home in a stocking!) So I sometimes go a bit overboard!

A rustic mantel all dressed up for Christmas!

So decorating our mantel for Christmas felt just a little bit more special. When we looked at this house I fell in love with the rustic wooden beam that hangs over the fireplace and so did my husband. I might have even dreamed about how I would decorate it for Christmas…even though it was August! 🙂

It’s stunning and add so much character to this space and I remember thinking, I couldn’t wait to decorate her for Christmas!

How to decorate a rustic Christmas mantel plus even more inspiration!

And finally it’s time!

The first thing I did to decorate our rustic mantel was pull out my favorite faux garland. I used two strands in total. It’s the Norfolk Pine real touch garland from and it is truly amazing! I will link it here but I have to warn you, it sells out most years in early October. So if you want to grab some for next Christmas I would make sure to start looking in July!

This faux garland is the best and makes this rustic mantel stand out at Christmas!

Finding That Perfect Rustic Focal Point

After the greenery I knew I wanted something unique for the center of the mantel. I layered a few of my grandmother’s vintage mirrors and it was very pretty but missing something. I remembered that my mom had bought a large metal reindeer at an after Christmas sale last year. She was SO kind to let me try it out on my mantel. It was just the focal point this mantel needed to make it special.

How to decorate a rustic Christmas mantel.

Isn’t it so charming? It will transition into winter beautifully!

The deer was a bit bare by herself so I added a pinecone wreath to hang around her neck. I tried a few other ones but they were all too bulky. The pinecones didn’t have much color so I added a few berry sprigs. I love how it turned out!

Large rustic metal deer on mantel.

How To Choose Accessories for A Rustic Christmas Mantel

I don’t know about you but adding the accessories is always the fun part! My mom was over when I was working on the mantel and it was fun getting her opinion and ideas. We would add something, take it away, add it back and change it all within a 5 minute span. It seems to be how I roll these days!

We started with the books. I love decorating with books and always use books in my décor. It was fun to use all green books on the mantel. I love how they pop.

Rustic Christmas mantels include flocked trees, books and garland.

I’m also all about the symmetry if you haven’t figured that out by now! Ha! The symmetry of the trees, books and mirrors makes my heart happy. The final touch were these darling plaid stockings I found from the small shop, With Lavender and Grace. They are so well made and the plaid is just beautiful!

Pretty plaid Christmas stockings

I wanted to keep the base of the fireplace clutter free so I rounded up 3 glass hurricanes that I had in storage. The two smaller ones are from IKEA and the larger one was a wedding gift. The candles inside are battery operated and from Walmart!

Glass hurricanes on a white brick hearth.

Enjoying Our Rustic Christmas Mantel

So far we have been enjoying our mantel all dressed up for Christmas. Each night I love turning on the fairy lights!

We currently have white birch logs in the base of the fireplace because we need to get it cleaned as well as have a few cracks sealed. I have been so busy but hope to get it done soon because I just know it will be magical with a real fire. For now I will enjoy the fairy lights I weaved through the garland!

Learn how easy it is to decorate a rustic Christmas mantel!

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I did my best to round up most of the items shown on our mantel as well as a few other very similar ones. To shop just use the arrows to scroll through and click on the picture of the item you want to see!

Mantel Inspiration

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. I hope you were able to come away with some Christmas mantel inspiration. I sure had fun sharing it with you! Next week I will be sharing a full home tour and more of our tree.

How to decorate a rustic Christmas mantel.

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As I mentioned, today I’m joining some of my talented blogging friends who are also sharing their Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas with you as well. Be sure to visit their posts by clicking on the links below the images.

Snowy Natural Rustic Christmas Mantel Decor at The Happy Housie

Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Garland at Maison de Pax

How to Create a Gorgeous Full Christmas Mantel Garland at Maison de Cinq

How to Design an Elegant Christmas Mantel at Grace in My Space

Festive Farmhouse Holiday Mantel Decor at She Gave it a Go

Colorful Holiday Bedroom Mantel at tatertots and jello

Classic Burgundy and Silver Mantel at Deeply Southern Home

A Traditional Red and Silver Christmas Mantel at Sincerely, Marie Designs

Elegant Holiday Mantel with Candlesticks at Modern Glam

Console Table Holiday Mantel at Rooms for Rent

How to Decorate a Rustic Christmas Mantel at The Tattered Pew

Neutral Christmas Mantel with Green Garland at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Red and White Modern Holiday Mantel at This is Simplicite

Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel Ideas at Clean and Scentsible

Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Ideas at Life is a Party

Our Outdoor Fireplace at Christmas at This is Our Bliss

A Christmas Village Mantel at A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

An Elegant Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators

Green and Gold Neutral Holiday Mantel at Joanna Anastasia

Warm and Elegant Holiday Mantel at Life is Better at Home

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  1. Kelly!! I love your rustic mantel, and I can definitely see why it was one of the first things you fell in love with at your new house!! PS I spy a sneak peek of your TREEEEE!!! We’re going to get our tree in Friday or Sunday! So excited!!!! Pinned this gorgeous mantel for inspo!!!

  2. Your mantle looks beautiful, Kelly. I can see why you fell in love with it. That beam is amazing. The garland looks so pretty draped over it and that deer is the perfect finishing touch!

  3. It is soo cute and pretty, really i fall in love with it, i also want to decorate like this and specially love the Christmas tree its decorations are just amazing, thanks for sharing.

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