The holidays are done and dusted, and because the decorations are all packed your bare mantel looks pretty sad. What to do? Create a winter display. Whatever your style, the following ideas share how to cheer up a blah mantel using colors, textures, and natural elements that beautifully reflect the season.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are also the best. This wood bead garland project by Michael at Inspired by Charm is an easy way to dress up a winter mantel with splashes of colors.
You can buy oversized wood beads at most craft stores. Before stringing, just paint some of the baubles any shade you please using chalk or mineral paint (both types are fume free).
Decorating for Winter
Creating a winter mantel like this one by Kim at Sand and Sisal is a cinch if you stick to wintry colors and seasonal textures. The blogger held to a palette of creamy whites, icy blues, and warm, woodsy tones. Natural elements including fuzzy cotton stems and scraggy pine cones infuse visual interest. Another good to know, every mantel needs a large item that anchors the display. Here, a mirror placed in the middle balances the arrangement.
We mentioned earlier that a large decorative object anchors a mantel scape. The pillar for this winter display by Sue at A Purdy Little House is a DIY wreath. The blogger made it using craft supplies she had laying around. Birch branches, pine cones, and faux evergreens are additional elements that pour on the seasonal charm. Notice the books? Their spines were turned inward to create a more uniform look.
Pretty Winter Mantel
Spring doesn’t have to feel like a distant memory this winter with these fresh decorating ideas from Jennifer at Town and Country Living.
A deep, blue candle holder (shown on the right) was the inspiration behind her styled mantel. The blogger says its color reminds her of the winter sky. Next, she hung a retro bird chart to anchor the arrangement. A couple of grapevine wreaths offset the ceilings tins behind the poster. The finishing embellishments include decorative glass vials, springlike greenery, and a birch bark planter with faux flowers.
Bring on the Hygge
Create a hygge inspired winter mantel like this one by Kelly at The Lily Pad Cottage. A sign featuring a lovely quote by Laura Ingalls Wilder is a homey accent. The white candles establish a cozy vibe.
Borrow Christmas Decor
Don’t let the winter blues take over your living room. A mood lifting mantel like this one by Lauren at Blesser House will help you shake off that seasonal funk.
The blogger says there’s a fine line between both Christmas and winter décor, so it’s OK if your seasonal display borrows stuff from your holiday storage bins. Here, she uses yuletide pieces including garland and decorative trees to spruce up her mantel. To keep the arrangement from feeling Christmassy, she didn’t add red décor.
Simply Winter Mantel
If your decorating style can be summed up as “less is more,” behold this winter mantel by Jane and Sonja at Sustain my Craft Habit. The display features a few simple DIY pieces. Our favorite is the driftwood garland dipped in copper paint. Branches cut from a balsam fir shrub add some natural greenery. So that you know, the needles on this particular evergreen will stay put on cut branches for months without water.
Vintage Winter Mantel
Every good idea starts with a little inspiration. A red encyclopedia set discarded by a neighbor kicked off this winter mantel by Kelly Elko. For whimsy, she added her favorite decorative creatures including a squirrel nutcracker. The faux succulents peeking out from the pages came next. A vintage chalkboard nicely frames the entire display.
A cabin-inspired winter mantel like this one spotted on Lily and Val will get you through the entire season including the holidays. The trick is sticking to seasonal items that don’t scream Christmas.
First off, a collection of papier-mâché taxidermy establishes the whimsical theme for the display. Instead of using string lights for mood lighting there’s an Edison bulb on a dimmer. A pair of snowshoes, layered banners, and a little moose figure all add to the arrangement’s wintry vibe.
You don’t need a built-in mantel to create a vintage-inspired vignette as shown by Liz Marie. The one in her home is an antique propped up against the wall. The two old trunks came next. Then she placed an Underwood typewriter, and several more vintage finds on top. The wintry touches held over from Christmas include a wreath and garland.