How to Decorate Your Mantel for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again… I’m talking about that time of year when you bring your boxes of holiday decorations out of storage and begin throwing up Christmas lights here, there and everywhere. If you haven’t started your decorating yet, then it’s time to get into the holiday spirit. ‘Tis the season!

Although it is the most wonderful time of the year, decorating for the holidays can be a pain. From climbing ladders to perfectly hang lights to choosing the perfect tree to cut down and decorate, the frustrations are sometimes overwhelming. One of the most frustrating parts of decorating for the holidays is figuring out how to decorate your fireplace mantel.

Fret not, my friend. Iron Accents has some helpful tips and ideas on how to beautifully decorate your mantel this winter. So keep reading for some great tips on creating beautiful mantel arrangements that will turn your fireplace into an eye-catching focal point for the holidays.

Depending on the color scheme of your apartment, you may want to make some unique tweaks to make it fit your own home. Since most homes we’ve had the privilege of decorating have a neutral color scheme, we will focus on how to use pops of color to add some character to your home for the holiday season. Garland, candles or icicle lights, ornaments, ribbon and stockings should do the trick.

Whatever you do, remember it is important to stick to a “theme.” There are several different themes to choose from. For instance, you can do a unique, funky teal theme, an icy blue and white winter wonderland theme, or a royal gold theme. The most popular (and the one we will focus on) is the traditional green and red decor theme.

When decorating a mantel with a traditional red and green theme, one signature piece always comes to mind: the garland. While fresh greenery is wonderful, it’s much easier to use a pre-lit, artificial garland. By using pre-lit garland, you can create less headache and clutter. Anything to make life easier, right? Iron Accents has a beautiful and affordable pre-lit garland here. And since you’ll be able to use it year after year, this is definitely a good buy. We have tons of lighted florals and candles to create the perfect holiday ambience through your entire house, so be sure to check those out, too.

Incorporating red can be accomplished in several ways. If you’re a fan of sparkle, you can place some large, red glitter ornaments in glass candle hurricanes or use the hurricanes to create an arrangement of festive red glitter covered lighted stems. To make the glass hurricanes have more festive, consider spraying them with some snow aerosol spray. If you would prefer a more traditional feel, you can place some poinsettias throughout. For a little extra character, consider wrapping some gold and red ribbon around the garland and then nestle the ornaments in the greenery. Oh, and you can’t forget the stockings! The mantel is the perfect place to hang your stockings so Santa is sure to see them.

If you don’t use your fireplace, you might want to consider decorating the inside of your fireplace to bring the area to life. A great way of doing this is filling it with wrapped presents. Use some empty boxes and wrap them in bright red and green wrapping paper and place them in the fireplace so they appear to be spilling out.

There you have it. Be sure to have fun and let your creativity shine. Have any cool ideas for your home you want to share? Feel free to post them in the comments section and be sure to grab some holiday decor from our special Christmas section! Now, get to decorating and Happy Holidays from Iron Accents!


Who says you have to remove everything from your mantle? Subtle touches of snow, greenery & red makes a statement without tearing everything apart.

One of our favorite holiday themes from our 2011 Christmas Open House, the “Sugar Plum” theme features a radiant Christmas tree that shimmers so sweetly. It almost looks sugar coated. Champagne and plum soften the wintery bite of frosty leaves while ddelicate butterflies, glimmering silver picks and simple icicle ornaments fill in the gaps. Tie it all together with frosted garland and candles on the mantel.

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