A Decorated Christmas Mantel

Since moving into our new house in late August I have been on overdrive trying to get settled and make our home feel like us.  I have gotten the garage organized, the mudroom lockers built, and my family room – complete with built-ins and a stone fireplace, all done.  I am not doing much decorating for Christmas this year because I AM TIRED my focus is on other house priorities.  However, I can’t leave my house completely un-Christmased.  So I decided to do a little something with the mantel in our new family room while partnering with Kirkland’s and my contributors to showcase a spot in our home.  It is just enough to feel festive and of course, hang stockings.

classic red and green mantel

Kirkland’s sent us a mystery box of items to decorate with.  The cool part about it is that we all got the same items and used them completely different in our homes.  We each got two glass lanterns, a mini chalkboard easel, and one larger lantern with rope accents.

I have never really had a mantel to decorate before now.  While I do have a TV above my fireplace, I am still able to add a few things to it for Christmas to make it look pretty. My absolute favorite, and the star of the show, is the lighted ornament swag.  I added two swags and 3 nails into my rustic mantel to hang it and then I just fluffed it.

lighted christmas swag

christmas swag with stockings

To the left and the right of the television I added the smaller glass lanterns with some gold glass marbles and a battery operated candle.  To give it a little height I used a cork box.

christmas glass lanterns

On the hearth I added another of the larger lanterns and popped in a bunch of red and gold ornaments from my stash and added some glitter bell branch sprays to give it some height.

christmas mantle

christmas jar with ornaments

ornament filled lantern

On the built-ins I added the mini chalkboard easel and a Merry Christmas bunting I found in the store.  I covered some of my books with some Christmas cardstock and added some ornaments to a tall glass vase.

christmas easel

decorating shelves for Christmas

christmas decor

Christmas swag greenery

To finish it off I added some neutral stockings – the burlap ruffle stocking and the Mr. and Mrs. stocking also found in the Kirkland’s store.  I screwed some 5/8” gold cup hooks in the bottom of the mantel to hang them.  This is one of the benefits of making the mantel look a little beat up.  I don’t worry about holes!

mr stocking

mrs stocking

christmas stockings

At night when the kids go to bed and the mister and I snuggle I am so grateful for this lighted festive haven.

rustic fireplace decorated for CHristmas at night

christmas lights at night

And during the day…

christmas decorations mantle

Do you want to see how my contributors Sarah, Carmel and Shayna used their mystery Kilrkland’s items to decorate a spot in their home?  Click on the pictures to see more!



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Disclaimer:  A big thanks to Kirkland’s for sponsoring this post but more importantly, getting my Grinch butt in gear to make my home a little festive.  All opinions are mine.