Our Christmas fireplace is my favorite spot to decorate for the holidays. The fireplace is the focal point of our main living space, and adding Christmas decorations to it was such a fun project. This is the first year we were able to decorate the fireplace for Christmas after installing a new fireplace mantle with built in cabinets. I’m so excited to share our Christmas mantle with you, so keep reading for the details.
Christmas Fireplace Art
Let’s start with the focal point of our Christmas mantle: the art. The Seasons Greetings print came from Paper Source. It was just a sheet of wrapping paper! You could get a similar look using any kind of wrapping paper or even removable wallpaper.
BUT this particular Christmas art couldn’t be easier because the wrapping paper is the exact size of an Ikea poster sized frame.
So, all I did was put the wrapping paper into my Ikea frame. Then, I put my new Christmas art on the mantle!
Another cool thing about Ikea’s poster frame is that it’s not glass. Yes, you read that right: I’m excited that it’s not glass. Why? It’s one less thing I have to worry about with my kids (literally) running around. If that falls off the mantle (unlikely because it’s also attached with command strips), no glass is shattering.
It is also a budget friendly frame since it’s not glass. Now, that is always a plus. The plexiglass is well protected when you buy it, too. You have to peel off a layer of plastic from both sides. I also took out the matting, but saved it in case I want to use it later.
Are you ready to tackle the most time consuming part of this whole project? Awesome! Take about ten seconds to push down all the prongs on the back of the frame. There. You did it! My toddler even helped me during this part by stacking his little figurines on the frame.
We layered a fun Christmas countdown from Hearth and Hand with our Seasons Greetings print. My oldest is starting to learn numbers, and this little tree countdown is perfect. We take it down and move the ornaments along the slats as we countdown the days til Christmas! Sometimes, we just take it down and play with the ornaments for a bit.
Here’s the fireplace mantle all put together with our Christmas decorations.
Christmas Fireplace Garland
Our fake Christmas garland from last year is too big for the new mantle. Instead of purchasing a smaller fake garland, I just bought some tree clippings at our local nursery and laid them on the mantle. I bought two different tree clippings and let the kids stick the leftovers into our fake tree.
I sure do love the way fresh Christmas tree clippings make our house smell! Especially since we have a fake tree, I think using a real garland is a good compromise. PS buying clippings is a bit less expensive than buying a real garland! Another win for the Christmas budget.
Our Christmas stockings are large and in charge. And we LOVE them. We purchased them from Pottery Barn kids when our daughter was little.
For now, we use wire command hooks to attach our stockings to the mantle. Why no stocking hangers? Well, mostly out of fear they will be pulled down or fall onto one of the kiddos. We attach the command hook to the top of the mantle, then hide them with our garland.
If you have stocking hangers, I like idea of securing a stocking hanger to the fireplace with a command hook just to make sure it’s secure. We don’t have stocking hangers, so for now we will stick with the plain old command hooks.
Even though our stockings are big, we like to fill them with simple things like socks, toothpaste, play doh, books, and a few small toys and treats.
Do you hang stockings on your mantle? I’d love to hear how you decorate your Christmas fireplace in the comments.
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