Tips for Adding Christmas Garland to a Mantel

November 18, 2020

How to decorate a mantel with Christmas garland and lights.

I decorated our mantel a couple days ago and thought I would share how I get a fluffy and full mantel without spending a ton. 

I've seen so many gorgeous fluffy greenery and garlands shared online recently...but some are one to $200 EACH! I don't mind putting some money into items like this that I know I'll use year after year -- but that's way too much for me, especially knowing I'd want more than one. 

Instead, I shop the half off sales at craft stores this time of year. They've never failed me! I use a few different kinds to give the mantel the fullness and variety I want. (I'll share some pretty and inexpensive garland options at the end of this post!) 

My first addition is this long needle pine garland and I'm pretty sure I found this at Hobby Lobby. They always have a great selection and it's on sale all season: 
How to decorate mantel for Christmas

I like that it has the berries on it already! 

I use two because our mantel is so long. Because of that I lay them in different directions so they spill off the sides like so: 
berries and garland on mantel

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Most of these are made with wire, so you can pull them in the direction you want. I like to fluff them up to give the greenery a little height: 
Fluffing up garland

Next I layered on another one, this time with pinecones: 
real looking garland for Christmas

I had to laugh because I've never taken off the tags...they disappear when it's all done. That one went right in the middle to build up the center. 

I've used eucalyptus in my Christmas decor for years now and it's such a lovely addition. It adds another layer that looks great!: 

Eucalyptus for holiday decor

There's really no rhyme or reason -- just stick it in and fluff! I like symmetry so I'll usually add one at one end and do the same at the same spot on the other side: 
decorating Christmas mantel with greenery

Then it's time to fluff it up even more with more greenery picks -- I like the white "snow" on these because it breaks up all that green:  
greenery with faux snow

It seems like a lot, but these are so cheap this time of year! Even better -- grab them after Christmas! A ton of my greenery and holiday decor is from those after holiday sales. 

My last additions are inexpensive berries and pine cones placed here and there: 
decorating with pine cones berries

The cones and berries add texture and color that finishes it off beautifully! (I also stick those berries in our trees.) 

I build it up in the middle and taper things off to the sides just a bit. The end result always makes me so happy!: 
Fluffy layered Christmas greenery

Since we don't have an outlet over the mantel (one thing I forgot when we built!), I use the battery operated fairy lights I shared with you last week. The batteries last a long time because they're LED: 
Layered greenery on mantel

Last year I added some red beaded garland that I may still put up. I usually add some candlesticks as well, but I'm liking this slightly simpler look this season: 
Fluffy layered garland on mantel

I mean, as simple as six layers of garland can be. Ha! 

The mantel is one of my favorite things to decorate every Christmas: 
Red white hearth and hand stocking mantel

It really is easy too -- just lay it on there and start sticking in the extras. Fluff it up and tuck in some lights! It took me maybe 30 minutes to set this up. 

This gives me the look of the fluffier garlands from Crate and Barrel or Pottery Barn that run $100 a piece!  Plus I just love adding the layers and textures for more interest: 
white fireplace gray tile surround Christmas

I gathered a bunch of similar garlands and berries for you as well! I hope this will help you build the fluffy Christmas mantel of your dreams! ;) 

Check out this post to see some of my staples that make Christmas decorating easier

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  1. Beautiful! I love the idea of picking and choosing the different layers instead of getting an "all-in-one" garland, because it speaks to that creative bent in me. And I like to change things up too much to stick with one look, haha! Thanks for posting this!

  2. Hi! Love your fireplace! What paint color is the board and batten?


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