Be inspired by a few easy and budget friendly fireplace mantel Christmas decorating ideas that you can make at home this holiday season.
If you enjoyed the Merry & Bright DIY Christmas sign then you probably wanted to see how the rest of the mantel turned out. Not surprisingly I used natural elements with my cheery red and white sign for a fun holiday look.
Most of the time I'll use fresh greens but this year the mantel is created too early for greens and so I used artificial options. As I mentioned in the DIY Christmas sign article, the first bit of greenery I added was to the corner of the sign. I tied the center of two branches of faux cedar together with floral wire and then attached the wire to the sawtooth hanger in the back.
Fireplace Mantel Christmas Decorating Ideas in Red & White
Another fun idea was creating vintage style gray pots with pillar candles. I was able to find inexpensive pillar candles at the dollar store. The pretty straight edge clay pots were purchased at a local nursery. Interestingly, a can of chili beans is just the right width to hold the pillar candle. It's perfect for holding and lifting the candle out of the pot.
You can easily play around with other things in your home to elevate the candle. Make it shorter or taller. What ever looks good to you.
I wanted to make the pots look aged. I started by painting them white with chalk paint. Then I added some gray sample paint on top letting some of the white peek through. I added some red velvet ribbon and a sprig of fresh boxwood from the garden. This way the pots easily tie back to the colors of the Christmas sign.
I found the trees with burlap wrapped bases at Hobby Lobby. If you go to Hobby Lobby don't forget to use the app on your phone. You can get 40% off any one regular priced item when you shop there. However, typically at this time of year, all the holiday items are already half off.
I really like this year's red and white Christmas mantel. It looks really cozy with our wood mantel and brick color and that pop of red is a welcome sight this time of year.