Get creative with traditional holiday elements

Frosty and Fun

Turn that Santa hat upside down for a creative and playful stocking alternative. Add candy cane treats and simple plants to the mix for easy access.

Decorate with silver teapots

Silver Bells

Incorporate an elegant collection into your holiday scheme. These silver teapots filled with poppies brighten the room. And round out the space with fresh evergreen clippings that are both fragrant and festive.

Fresh fruit create a high-drama mantel

Mixed Fruit

It may look traditional, but with closer examination you'll discover fresh cut-open fruit next to the roses and lilies. Pomegranates, ruby grapefruit, and blood oranges contribute to this mantel's high drama.

Utilize fireplaces for holiday displays

Nestle In

Don't overlook the opportunity to create an unconventional mantel display in the bedroom. A simple wreath and garland made of greenery can take the space into cozy holiday mode in no time.

Muted colors make holiday transitions more subtle

Subtle Splendor

Even a muted palette of red and green, which blends well with the rest of the room's look, easily makes the transition from autumn to Christmas.

Display candles of varying heights

Turn Down the Lights

Simple garland instantly becomes more polished by candlelight. Using a restricted color palette of candles (no more than two shades), light several pillars of varying heights. For safety, be sure to light the candles only when you’ll be in the room.

Make a natural garland

Hanging Around

For a unique twist this year, drape a garland made of sweet gum seedpods and pinecones from the mantel. Or, use items from your yard for cost-free decor.

Use decorative sacks instead of stockings

Sack Full

Rather than traditional stockings, consider hanging homemade bags from the mantel. Make these out of extra fabric or even old sweaters. Not only are they creative, but they also hold more gifts than regular stockings and coordinate with your decor.

Display fine china

Dishing It

Take your holiday china out of the cupboard and put it on display. Mixed with greenery and figurines, these plates can dress up any mantel.

Etch a greeting into glass candle votives

Warm Greetings

Enjoy the twinkling lights in the tree and the glow of your mantel. Frosted etched glass spreads the cheer this season and for years to come.

A Christmas message

Precious Metal

Create your own personal holiday message to hang up for friends and family this season. Incorporate simple sparkly garland to make your message shine.

A wrought-iron wreath

Iron Clad

Bump up your mantel's style factor with a wrought-iron wreath. Then adorn your mantel with berries and greenery to soften the scene.

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