Mantel decorations are common adornments during the Christmas season. A basic fireplace mantel provides a versatile palette for a variety of Christmas decorating ideas. You can use a traditional style with dangling stockings and evergreen garlands, or an elegant style with crystal snowflake garlands and sparkling white candles. Whatever style you choose, it's important to keep flammable materials away from any candle or fireplace flames.
Use vines, pine cones, cranberries, and wicker to create earthy garlands you can use for Christmas mantel decorating. Drape one garland across the front of the mantel. Place a red poinsettia in a terra cotta plant pot in the middle of the mantel. Place a white poinsettia on each end of the mantel. Weave the garland between the plant pots on top of the mantel.
Combine holiday themes and sharp lines to create Christmas mantel decorations with an elegant style. Drape a thin and delicate silver garland with dangling crystal snowflakes across the front your mantel. Scatter small, white votive candles in glass snowflake votive holders across the top of the mantel. Add a large, crystal and silver snowflake ornament hanging above the mantel for an elegant snowflake decoration.
Secure a straight line of thin, gold-dusted, red ribbon across the upper front of the mantle to start a modern decorating style. Fill a large, clear, rectangular glass vase with small, shiny, gold ball ornaments to create a centerpiece for the Christmas mantel decoration. Add a square-shaped, silver votive candle on top of the gold balls and place the vase in the middle of the mantel.
Fill two medium vases with green balls and votive candles. Place a medium vase on each side of the large vase. Fill two small vases with red and gold balls. Place a votive candle in each vase and place a small vase on each end of the mantel. Scatter some of the gold, green, and red ball ornaments across the top of the mantel.
Traditional mantel decorating ideas for Christmas often use pine boughs, red ribbons and silver bells. Drape a single pine garland with evenly spaced red bows across the front of the mantel for a simple style. Scatter tiny silver bells around the garland and hang a matching pine wreath above the mantel for a fancier style.
Hang colorful stockings for a traditional, family-oriented Christmas mantel decoration. Add a thin, twisted pine and red ribbon garland draped in small swags across the front of the mantel. Place a large, freestanding, red candle in the middle of a small wreath and place it in the center top of the mantel. Add holiday-themed statuettes on each side of the candle. Use miniature snowmen, elves, Santa Claus, and reindeer.