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Decorating the Mantel – Christmas Edition


Midwest Living

‘Tis the holiday season — time to decorate those fireplaces and make them a festive focal point!

While we don’t all have the exact same decorations and accessories, we can certainly mimic the structure and/or ideas of our favorite design, so we’ve pulled together some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

Let’s get started:

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The Friday 5: Christmas Decorating Inspiration, Tips and Ideas

Balsam Hill Vermont Spruce Christmas Tree + Meet Me Under the Stars Pillow
City Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

If you’re like me, you have basic holiday decorations that you use each year, but like to mix it up a little and add something new or different so that it’s not always exactly the same.  (And if you’re like me, most of your holiday decor is still nestled snugly in it’s storage boxes waiting to be unpacked this weekend!  Where did the time go?)

Or maybe you’re all done with your decorating, but this might spark an idea to add a little something extra to your holiday decorating this year (or pin some ideas for next year!)

1. Choosing and Decorating the Tree.  If you’re headed out this weekend to purchase a real tree, some tips on choosing and caring for it, and some inspiration for decorating your tree, real or not!

Christmas Tree Decorating Inspiration and Tips img Schneidermans the blog
1. Choosing and caring for a real tree
2. How to Decorate A Christmas Tree
3. Blue and White Christmas Tree
4. 14 Creative Christmas Trees
5. Modern Christmas Tree Inspiration

2. Christmas Tree Alternatives: Sometimes, no matter how much you might want a full-size tree, there just isn’t room for it. Luckily, there are a lot of creative alternative options…

Creative and Space Saving Christmas Tree Alternatives Schneidermans the blog
Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

3. Holiday Wreaths. Whether you purchase a wreath or make your own, there’s just something completely festive and welcoming about having a wreath on the front door.

Christmas Wreath Roundup img Schneidermans the blog
1. 54 Festive Christmas Wreaths
2. DIY Ornament Wreath
3. How to Make A Traditional, Natural Christmas Wreath
4. 29 Christmas Wreaths from BHG
5. Red Berry Wreath

4. A pretty holiday home tour that includes a link to hundreds more!

merry and bright mantel centsational girl

5. Tie it up with a bow.  I wasn’t going to post anything food related, but this was our most popular pin from our holiday decorating + recipes Pinterest board this week (this one was a close second), so I thought you might like it too!  It’s decorating of sorts and Martha Stewart gives you the template for the bow.  Then it’s as simple as laying the stencil on the brownies, dusting with powdered sugar and removing the template.  Clever.

Personalize -- and pretty up -- brownies by stenciling a big bow on top with powdered sugar. Click the link for a template!

For more Holiday Decorating Inspiration, check out our “Tis the Season Pinterest Board! Happy decorating…

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