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7 Wonderful Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Are your Christmas decorations neatly organized and packed away? Winter is here and one of the first places to decorate is your fireplace area. I have 7 wonderful winter mantel decorating ideas for you.

After all the emphasis on color during Christmas, I love the calmer approach to winter decor. These seven wonderful winter mantel decorating ideas will give you a process to help you create a softer, natural look.

Although I am not a cold~weather girl, I do love creating a warm, cozy feel for our home during the winter months. Any room with a fireplace creates a focal point that is a natural place to decorate.

Where do we begin decorating for a winter mantel? With our Christmas decorations. Let me show you how to create a wonderful winter mantel.

7 Wonderful Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

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A couple of years ago, as we were organizing and packing away our Christmas decorations, I intentionally looked for items that could be recycled for winter.

Every one of my 7 winter mantel decorating ideas uses items that have been used in our Christmas decor.

I found many ideas on Pinterest, which I saved to my Winter Home Decor Board. Then, because I love to share, I gathered my favorites in a post, 13 Winter Decor Accessory Ideas.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

I used several of these ideas as I planned and created our winter mantel.


Any type of green wreath can be reused to decorate a winter mantel. All you have to do is remove the bows, any ornaments on the wreath, and colored lights. The wreath above our mantel has a very soft wintery look ~ I’ll call it cypress.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Since our lights are white, I left them on. This gives the living room a bit of winter magic in the evening.

NOTE: By the time we returned from our Christmas trip to Atlanta, Fairhope, Alabama, and Biloxi, the lights were really dim, so we replaced the batteries.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas


My favorite color scheme for winter decorating is white, green, and neutrals. Evergreen trees evoke a natural, organic sense. I think of the quietness of walking through a forest during winter after a snowfall.

Disclosure: I do not have a forest near me and we don’t get much snow. Our home does back up to a tree~filled greenbelt. This is about creating a feeling.

Most of us use garland in our Christmas decor. Some of that garland has a more earthy, winter look than traditional garland. Pine, cypress, and juniper garland lends themselves to winter decor.

You can use any garland that you have on hand to get the winter look. Whatever type you use, remember to remove the lights. That’s the trick to a soft winter feel.

For this winter mantel, I removed the Santa Clauses and multi~colored lights.

I left these two strands of garland that are perfect for winter mantel decorating. One strand is just green and the other has a hint of white on it. I mixed the two strands together on our mantel. This garland already has a few pine cones attached, but you can add more.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

You may like a sparse look for your garland, which fits the winter feel. I decided to give my mantel a more lush green look.

Last Christmas I bought several different types of green picks on sale. I cut all the branches off and used them as filler on our bedroom tree and to create a bowl of greens in our kitchen.

This year I’m recreating the same base look of garland for the mantel.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

I used these green pieces to fill in the garland on the mantel for a fuller look.

TIP: Use a variety of foliage for a more natural look.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas


If you have small Christmas trees, they will be a great addition to winter decor. I had 3 small trees that I used in our entry and kitchen.

First, I removed the lights and the ornaments. One tree had a snowy look to it with a burlap wrapper~ perfect for a soft winter mantel with texture.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

TIP: When your trees are against a flat background. flatten the branches on the back of the tree. That way they will fit better and the front will have a fuller look.

I used two smaller trees to balance on the other side of the mantel.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas


Wood always adds a natural, organic feel to any setting. I used two vintage wood candlesticks on each side of the mantel.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Check out more winter decorating ideas.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas


Nothing creates a warm winter glow more than candlelight. For my tall candlesticks, I used 2 battery~operated candles for areas that are harder to reach. In the images above you can see these candles. They are on timers and have a remote control.

On the mantel, I used real candles (from Dollar Tree) that had been elsewhere during the holidays. Last summer I wrapped adhesive burlap ribbon around them. The texture and natural color of burlap work great for winter, too.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas
Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

The mantel creates a lovely, warm glow at night.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas


Pinecones are such a natural element in winter that they should definitely be a part of your winter mantel. My garland had a few pinecones attached. I added some small pinecones that added a pop of white softness to the winter mantel.


In addition to the area above the mantel, the area below the mantel ~ the hearth ~ should also be part of your winter mantel decorating.

Here’s one way to decorate your hearth.


If you have lanterns or baskets, use them to add ambiance to your winter fireplace decoration.

In this area, I combined baskets, lanterns, greenery, wood, and candles.

For winter mantel decorating, I used a large basket filled with faux greenery. I added the white birch logs (which I did not use this year for Christmas.) and a couple of winter owls.

If you can find white, grey, or natural colored animals, they are wonderful accessories for winter decorating.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

The lantern that was in our entry filled with bright gold balls and a big red bow is now filled with natural pinecones on the hearth.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

On the other side of the hearth, I used 2 wood and glass lanterns that were in the dining room during Christmas last year.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

More candles in the lanterns complete the winter decorating on the hearth.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Using a combination of these different winter elements creates a cozy feel for winter.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

Let’s recap the 7 winter mantel decorating ideas:

  • reuse wreaths ~ remove colored lights, ornaments and bows
  • reuse garland ~ remove colored lights, ornaments, bows and other Christmas decorations
  • reuse small faux Christmas trees ~ remove colored lights, ornaments, bows and other Christmas decorations
  • use wood ~ candlesticks, logs, branches and boxes
  • use white candles ~ both battery~operated and real
  • decorate the hearth of your fireplace
  • use baskets, lanterns or other natural containers

Love these ideas? I hope that you will take these ideas and use them to inspire your own winter mantel decorating. Be sure to PIN this post ~ you don’t want to forget them.

I’d love to know what you think about these mantel decorating ideas? Do you decorate for winter? Which ideas would you use? Do you have other winter mantel decorating ideas to share? Let me know in the comments.

Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas
Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas
Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas

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  1. Beautiful! I love your winter decorating style, and usually do some of those things in my decor. The problem I always have is I have a wood stove in the corner with a pipe going up to the ceiling, and my mantel is a 90 degree corner behind the stove. It is hard for me to figure out how to decorate this.

    1. Shelley, you do have a challenge, but it sounds like a nice one to have. A wood stove sounds delightful. Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate that you took the time.

  2. Lovely ideas all, Carol. Although I’m wondering who in the world WOULDN’T reuse their faux trees! Isn’t that the point? Love picks, garland and basket and I reuse everything. My mantel this year was much the same as yours . The green and white is just right!

  3. So good to have ideas to make things beautiful and cozy after we’ve taken down all the Christmas decor. Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

  4. Your mantel is lovely and the tips you give are perfect for winter. I smiled when I read your post because I did most of these things too this year. Great minds think alike! Thank you for sharing every week and I look forward to seeing what you share next. #HomeMattersParty

  5. Hi Carol! Thanks for submitting your posts to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop #292 last week. This post has been chosen to be featured in the Simple Homestead Blog Hop #293 this week! Congrats! Don’t forget to swing by this week’s hop on Thursday, January 14, 2021 and grab your “featured in” badge to include on your post. Happy homesteadin’ and thanks for hopping with us!

  6. Such great tips and I love the lanterns! I have such a hard time transitioning from Christmas decor to spring decor and I love your idea of reusing garlands.

    1. Stacie, lanterns can be used anytime in so many settings. Going from Christmas to winter is a little easier than jumping over to spring decor. Watch for more ideas to help you.

  7. Carol, I love how you have decorated your mantel! It’s lovely — so cozy and wintery!


    1. Happy winter, normally I love being locked in during January-February…LOL. But after a year of lockdown, seems to be a bit repetitive. Great looks, simple. I do leave up some snow pine garland up along the top of my windows with white lights. It gives the kitchen a nice glow during these dark, dull days! Happy New Year, Sandi

      1. I would guess that you get a lot more snow in Canada than I do in Texas! You are definitely on top of winter decor. Lights always add a touch of magic. Happy New Year!!