Decorating your mantle for the holiday season is not a difficult task. Decide what type of theme you want for the fireplace area and create a garland to match it. Pre-made holiday garlands in traditional red and green are widely available in discount, craft and hobby shops. If you wish to stray from tradition, create your own themed garland with just a few basic supplies and little time.
Use pomegranates, pineapple, mango, papaya and guava to create a tropical look for your mantle. Insert large magnolia leaves along the plain green garland to add extra texture and give the arrangement a tropical flair. Use florist wire to attach bunches of leaves or hot glue them in place, along with the fruit. Intertwine thin garlands of gold- or copper-coloured beads throughout the decorations to give the garland a burnished, metallic appearance.
Let nature inspire your mantle décor during the Christmas season. Hike through parks, woods or your own backyard to find different varieties of pine cones -- which come in many shapes and sizes -- acorns and interesting leaves or twigs. Use florist wire or a hot glue gun to attach them to a fresh green or silk garland. Add a couple of earth-toned candle holders and pillar candles to further enhance the natural look. The look of this garland is suitable for the Thanksgiving season as well. As an alternative to a supply-finding hike, you can purchase pine cones and other natural and natural-looking items at craft, hobby and discount shops.
If you have small children in your home or expect some to visit during the holiday season, make a whimsical toy-themed garland for their benefit. Decorate the greenery with small wooden toys, such as vintage spinning tops, train sets, miniature dolls or even faux candy. Place a couple of tall wooden nutcrackers on each end, as if they were standing guard over the toys. Hang colourful Christmas stockings below the mantle as a finishing touch.
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