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Vintage Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel

Ready to decorate your mantel for Christmas? Get my fool-proof tips for creating a winter wonderland fireplace using bottle brush trees, greenery, white decorations and more.

White and Marble Fireplace Decorated in a Vintage Winter Wonderland Theme for Christmas

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One of the projects I looked forward to most this holiday season was decorating our mantel. Although we had completed our living room makeover last November, I was suffering from renovation burnout and barely mustered up enough energy to put up a tree and wrap gifts. With all of that behind us now, I’m having fun coming up with fresh new ideas for the Christmas decorations we already had on hand, as well as some recent decor finds to add to the mix.

This year, I decided on a Vintage Winter Wonderland theme for our holiday decorations. With very little snow to date, I wanted to create the feeling of Christmas indoors whether it decided to eventually show up outside or not. Being Canadian, it doesn’t really feel like Christmas without a bit of snow.

And, of course, it wouldn’t truly be my style without adding a touch of vintage to the mix. All of those flea market and thrift shop finds need to be put to use!

For our mantel, I always like to start the decorating process with a foundational piece, such as a mirror, artwork or large wreath. As I was searching for the perfect mirror to soften the square lines of our fireplace, I remembered an antique one I had tucked away in the basement that could possibly work. Although it was the wrong colour (see its matching dresser), a coat of grey chalk paint made it a lovely complement to our marble subway tile surround.

Antique Mirror on Mantel - Mirror Makeover with Grey Chalk Paint

That’s an important point to note. Before you purchase any new decor, first take a look at what you have in another room or stashed away in storage. I’m always amazed by what I forgot I had. And don’t be afraid to break up matching pieces like I did with the mirror and dresser. I find it’s more interesting that way.

Because the mirror is very heavy, I was happy we didn’t have to hang it. I simply placed a bit of felt under the flat bottom to protect the painted finish on the mantel and prevent the mirror from sliding around. If you use a lightweight mirror, it’s best to anchor it to the wall with some wire and a screw.

Christmas Mantel Decorations

To create a winter wonderland feel, I started with some snow-covered bottle brush trees. Aren’t they adorable?

Snow Covered Bottle Brush Trees on White Fireplace Mantel

I opted for large bottle brush trees in varying heights to create some movement. If you look closely, you’ll notice the styles are slightly different, but read the same from a balance standpoint because of their consistent shape and colour.

If you enjoy decorating with bottle brush trees for Christmas, you may want to check out the tutorial for these mini bottle brush tree decorations too.

Bottle Brush Trees on White Fireplace Mantel

Mantel Decorating Tip: To see if you’re on the right track with your Christmas mantel decorations, stand back from your fireplace and squint. If something pops out too much on one side, it’s best to add a larger or darker object to the opposite side.

Feel free to mix things up or create an exact mirror image if that’s more your thing.

Winter Mantel Decor - White, Green and Silver Christmas Decorations

Add a Touch of Vintage

Originally, I had vintage book bundles on either side of the trees, but I found the mantel needed a little more breathing space for my liking. A stylist’s trick is to gather up more than you’ll need at the start, play around, then edit, edit, edit.

Christmas Mantel with Bottle Brush Trees and Church Cloche Ornament

I’m certain I’ll use the book bundles on a table or, perhaps, under the tree.

Vintage Winter Wonderland Christmas Decorations on the Fireplace Mantel

To build on the white theme, I added tapered candles to some vintage milk glass vases I picked up at a thrift shop some time ago. My collection has definitely grown over the years, and I love being able to incorporate pieces whenever possible.

Milk Glass Vase with Candle on a Mantel Decorated for Christmas

Two of my latest Christmas decoration purchases are the Eiffel Tower snow globe and church cloche. It’s my dream to visit Paris during the holiday season, so it was only fitting!

Related: Using Cloches in Holiday Decorating

Church Cloche Ornament Christmas Decor

Layer Christmas Greenery

You can never go wrong adding a bit of greenery to your holiday decor, whether it’s real or faux. I love the texture and bit of nature it adds to the mantel, as well as the “neutral” pop of colour.

Vintage Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel with Bottle Brush Trees and Greenery

Make it Sparkle

Adding a touch of mercury glass, in addition to more white candles, was the last step in bringing the mantel to life.

Faux Greenery with Mercury Glass Candle Holders

I love the shimmer and sparkle metallics bring to a space during the day, as well as the glow they create along with candlelight in the evening.

Winter Wonderland Fireplace for Christmas in the Living Room

For our stockings, I haven’t decided whether I’m hanging them over the fire this time or not.

In the past, I’ve used tacks or small nails, but I don’t want to damage our new mantel. If you have any safe solutions, please let me know. I’d use stocking hangers but I’m worried about them falling down and smashing our marble tile as I’ve heard about that kind of thing happening!

Mantel Decorated for Christmas Using Bottle Brush Trees, Greenery, Candles and More!

Christmas Mantel Decorating Tips

  • Decide on a decorating style or theme.
  • Start with a large foundational piece.
  • Use decor in varying heights and shapes to create movement.
  • Mix colours and/or textures for interest.
  • For balance, keep your decor pieces consistent on either side or use different items that have the same visual weight.
  • Light it up.
  • Think about creating the outline of a large triangle with your decor pieces (see pic below).
Christmas Mantel Decorated for the Holidays in Neutrals and Greenery

Now that our mantel is decorated using winter wonderland Christmas decorations, I’m focusing on finishing up our tree. Can’t wait to use these vintage glass ornaments I found at the thrift shop for next to nothing!

Vintage Silver Christmas Ornaments

It’s almost there, but I need to add a few finishing touches. I’ll be sharing our tree and more Christmas ideas as part of the Canadian Bloggers’ Home Tour next week. I’ll also give you details about our new blue and grey area rug I ordered from Wayfair too. I’m in love with the colours!

Update: Check out our Christmas tree and Holiday house tour.

What decorating projects are you most excited about this season? Have you tackled your fireplace Christmas decorations yet? Struggling with anything or do you find it easy peasy? What are some of your favourite Christmas mantel decorating ideas? Let me know in the comments!

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Enjoy your day!

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  1. Pretty. With regard to the stockings, what about hanging them on a free standing coat rack? Or, perhaps a rustic post painted white with vintage coat hooks mounted to it?

  2. Those snow covered trees are so nice, and they work perfectly with the rest of your mantel décor!

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