When the winter chill encourages everyone to gather around the fire, you're going to want your fireplace mantel to impress. But with the added responsibilities of preparing for the holidays, you may not have time to do an elaborate crafting project. Never fear: Decorate your mantel using one of these five eye-catching projects that will warm your heart and brighten your hearth. Try all five throughout the holiday season.
You don't need special paper-cutting machines or printable patterns to make this glitzy snowflake garland. Using compasses as a guide for your angels and a simple folding technique, you can use your imagination to create delicate patterns of your own. Your mantel will shine with the hipster flair of a "Portlandia" holiday special.
Burlap stockings hearken back to Christmases where children still put wooden toys and rag dolls on their wish lists. These classic pieces are easy to sew yourself and give your mantel a Norman Rockwell vibe.
Use everyday bottle brush trees, and re-dye them yourself in your favorite colors, for a modern spin on a holiday classic. They'll look especially lovely with bold, nontraditional colors and a little backlighting from Christmas lights.
Exquisitely wrapped gifts can easily double as home decor in the days leading up to Christmas. Take some extra time to try a new wrapping technique. Lay them in front of the fireplace or arrange them on the mantel.