A beautiful and festive Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel Dressed Orange Slice Ornaments and Plaid Ribbon. Simple to do, smells wonderful and looks lovely.
Thank you for stopping by, I’m so happy you are here! Today I’m participating in the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series hosted by my friend Krista of Happy Housie. As part of this festive series, today 25 of us have joined together to share our Christmas Mantels with you! We all hope that we can inspire your holiday decorating! Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful mantels at the bottom of this post. If you missed my previous post as part of this Seasonal Simplicity Series, make sure to check out my DIY Christmas Sleigh Ornament. xo
Simple, Natural and Festive
For my Christmas mantel this year I wanted to keep things very simple…it’s been crazy enough this year and I just didn’t want to add to my own chaos…there’s only so much one can do in weird times, you know? I still want (and need) to create a festive holiday home, so I made sure to do that, but toned it down. My goal was to keep it easy, inexpensive and to incorporate as many natural elements as possible. Fresh and natural elements help to keep me grounded and feeling at peace…it’s no surprise that I need almost daily walks in our parks, and really that love kind of just flowed into my Christmas decorating this year…and onto my Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel.
Fresh Greens, Homemade Ornaments and Twinkly Lights
All the things that I’m LOVING this year. Last year I added orange slice ornaments to my holiday decor, and I decided to do the same this year…in fact I have added a lot more. Not only are they hanging in my Christmas kitchen, but I decided to add them to my mantel. I just love how they look hung amongst fresh cedar greens and twinkly lights.
Fresh Cedar Greens are great for decorating!
I used fresh cedar boughs to create my Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel. This is for a few reasons, one they’re gorgeous, two they smell lovely, and three, cedar boughs tend to hold their shape and colour better than other fresh greens. Because the truth is, fresh greens just do not last when they’re used indoors. They dry out, it’s just the way it is, unless you can find a way to keep them hydrated (sometimes I will mist them with water). But I don’t really have the desire (or time) to baby fresh greens, so I just try to use greens, such as cedar, that will still look great, even when they’re dry as wind. haha
How I put it all together:
I have no magic secret for how I put this together…honestly, I just laid out the branches until I got the look I was going for. The only rule I follow when doing things like this is, what I do to one side, I do to the other. It’s not perfect, but it’s perfect for me.
- I started by draping branches off each end of the mantel, so they’re kind of hanging off the edge.
- I laid another branch beside the one there, and repeated the process until I was at the middle of the mantel. Again, following what I do to one side of the mantel, I do to the other.
- Then I laid extra boughs to fill in gaps.
- Once I had the greens laying the way I wanted, which was draping and rustic, I added a string of fairy lights.
- Then finished it off with my dried orange slice ornaments and 2 long strands of plaid ribbon on each end of the mantel.
It’s all in the details!
Even though the focus of a mantel is the actual mantel itself, I like to decorate the whole fireplace area. So I added simple touches like a stack of birch wood, and some pretty throw pillows to cozy up with next to the fire. It’s just the little things that make it all come together in one complete look.
Trying new things.
One of the reasons that I decided to put together this simple fresh cedar Christmas mantel, is because I wanted something low key to match our tree. This is my year of doing things a little differently…seriously though, if there’s any year to do that it’s 2020. This year we started a new tradition with our family and I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
Starting new traditions.
Instead of buying our tree from our local hardware store, we decided to get a permit to chop down our own Christmas tree. So last weekend we made a trek out to the forest, saw in hand, and cut down our tree. Now if you’ve ever been over here to my blog at Christmas, you’ve probably seen my trees before and you know that this new forest tree is quite different than years past. It’s VERY different (and very sparse haha), but I love it. I love the new tradition of it, the story behind it, and how much my kids love our Charlie Brown tree. It doesn’t get better than that. And bonus that it ties in perfectly with my mantel.
Time to get cozy!
Now that the mantel is decorated, I’m looking forward to decorating the tree and the rest of my home. I love this season and how cozy it feels…it’s especially needed this year. Thank you for stopping by today to see my mantel…I hope you’ll return later to see an update and a little tour of my Christmas home.
My Mantels of Christmases Past:
- Classic Canadian Christmas Mantel
- A Christmas Mantel with a Giant Christmas Wreath
- Merry and Bright Christmas Mantel
More Christmas Mantel Inspiration!
Don’t stop here, make sure to check out more beautiful Christmas mantels…there are so many beautiful ideas here for all decorating tastes!
Cozy Cabin Christmas Mantel Decor with Pops of Red at The Happy Housie
Fresh Cedar Christmas Mantel at A Pretty Life
Bright Colourful Merry Mantel at Tatertots and Jello
Red, White, and Gold Christmas Mantel at This is Our Bliss
Cozy Traditional Christmas Mantle at JoAnna Anastasia
Natural and Cozy Christmas Mantel at Modern Glam
Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Craftberry Bush
Merry and Bright Christmas Mantle at The Handmade Home
Assymetrical Christmas Mantel with Fresh Greenery and Blue Accents at The DIY Mommy
How to Hang a Garland on a Shelf for a Christmas Vignette at Fynes Designs
Elegant Holiday Living Room and Mantel at House by Hoff
Traditional Christmas Mantel at Rambling Renovators
Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas at Jennifer Maune
Christmas Mantel Mixing Faux and Fresh Greenery with Grey Accents at Deeply Southern Home
How to Decorate a Mantel for Christmas at She Gave it a Go
How to Decorate a Mantel with a TV Above It for Christmas at Home Made Lovely
My Classic Christmas Mantel with White and Red at Life is Better at Home
How to Style Your Shelves for the Holidays at My Sweet Savannah
Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Clean & Scentsible
Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling for the Holidays at This is Simplicite
Christmas Mantel Decor with Lighted Garland at Grace in My Space
Rustic Luxe Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas at Cherished Bliss
My Green and White Christmas Mantel at Cassie Bustamante
Holiday Mantel at Life is a Party
Asymmetrical Garland Mantel at Taryn Whiteaker Designs
Have a Very Merry Day!