How to Decorate Stone Fireplaces at Christmas

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A stone fireplace adds a rustic, yet cozy element to a room. These types of fireplaces commonly contain field stones, limestone, river rock or granite and may take up an entire wall in a room or just a small section. When it comes to decorating a stone fireplace for Christmas, a range of options exist. Stone goes especially well with other natural elements. The ways to decorate a stone fireplace for Christmas are limited only by your supplies and creativity.

How to Decorate Stone Fireplaces at Christmas
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Step 1

Set up a simple, modern display in the hearth with red and green candles on a metal holder with clean lines and no ornate elements. Run a wire from one side of the stone section to the other. Line the wire with evenly spaced, clear glass ornaments.

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Step 2

Create a more traditional look with live garlands. Drape the garland in a scalloped pattern along the mantel. Wrap the garland in white lights if an outlet exists nearby or tie small red ribbons along its edge. Place miniature Christmas trees on either side of the fireplace and wrap them in popcorn chains for classic appeal.

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Step 3

Decorate the stone fireplace with wreaths. Place a large one in the center or arrange a series of smaller ones in a straight line, depending upon the size of the fireplace. Hang them from the mantel or from the exposed stone chimney above.

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Step 4

Line the mantel with Christmas stockings -- one for each member of the family. Use self-balancing stocking hooks or stick removable hooks to the stone wall.

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Step 5

Incorporate poinsettia. The natural red flowers pop against the neutral tones of gray or beige on the fireplace. Put one plant on each corner of the fireplace or line the mantel with several of the plants.

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Step 6

Display a holiday-related collection on the mantel. Cover the mantel with fake cotton snow and fill it with Christmas-themed dishes or figurines or set up a small village.

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Step 7

Turn the stone fireplace into a display area for Christmas cards you receive. Line the mantel with the cards or attach the cards to a festively-colored string that drapes from one side of the fireplace to the other.

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Step 8

Line the border of the stone fireplace with Christmas lights. Attach them with clear tape for easy removal. The lights allow you to highlight the fireplace outline.

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Step 9

Fill two Christmas-themed vases with bare branches to symbolize the winter appearance of trees. Hang ornaments on the branches and place a vase on either side of the fireplace.

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Step 10

Use light-up decorations traditionally meant for the outside as a way to brighten up the area around the fireplace. Place a light-up figurine such as a snowman, reindeer or Santa on either side of the fireplace. Set up a manger scene inside the fireplace if you don't plan to build a fire.

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