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How to Make Asymmetrical Christmas Mantel Decor

Traditional Christmas Mantel Decor

I think a pretty Christmas mantel is almost as mesmerizing as the Christmas tree it is, especially if it has twinkly lights. In our home the fireplace mantel is in the small family room.  As the room is small it can easily get overdone in greenery when I decorate both a Christmas tree and a Christmas mantel.

Traditional Christmas decor in a livingroom including a green, red and white mantel, and large traditional Christmas tree.

Some years I decorate the mantel without adding greenery, but this year I chose to move the tree away from the nearby corner, and create an traditional Christmas mantel with an asymmetrical garland.  By placing a stronger visual weight on the mantel on the opposite side of the Christmas tree, I was able to have lots of greenery boughs without overpowering or darkening the room.

How to Create an Asymmetrical Traditional Christmas Mantel

You can’t get much more traditional than green tree boughts, red ribbons, white snowflakes and pine cones. To give this very traditional Christmas mantel a modern style I made the greenery garland asymmetrical with the visual weight heavily on the right hand side. Here is how to put one together in your home.

Starting with two pine boughs, taped to the mantel so that the right side hung down twice as low as the left side.

A mantel decorated for Christmas in traditional red and white mantel decor.

Next I added some snowflake embellishments, making sure to place more on the right side then the left.  To make the mantel glisten I tied on some crystal icicles, making sure they hung down freely on both sides.

As the pine boughs are faux I added some natural embellishments.  Tying on some simple cinnamon scented pine cones with fishing line.   I love the scent of cinnamon pine cones. Closer to the holidays you can add in some fresh greenery but until then I like to add a cinnamon scent.

To add a pop of colour I added some red wired satin Christmas ribbon to the back of the greenery. The little bits of ribbon tied the mantel in with the other living room Christmas decor.  I cut the two pieces of satin ribbon into five foot lengths, then folded each ribbon in half.  One half of the ribbon was crinkled into folds, the other half was curled.  I then pulled the ribbon out allowing it to cascade downwards.

A bright white livingroom with a white fireplace mantel decorated in traditional Christmas decor with red ribbon, white snowflakes red candle holder and green tree boughs.

The pictures of the Christmas mantel do not show how pretty and sparkling the battery operated twinkle lights are.  These lights came from Costco and have very fine gold ilaments between the lights, so pretty when twinkling.

The shine from the lights is subtle but it really makes the crystal icicles sparkle. The secret is to purchase the lights with fine filaments. You can barely see them in the next image, but they add little specks of gold throughout.

How to decorate a Christmas mantel asymmetrically.

The sparkle of the lights, crystal, and glittery snowflakes, keeps the traditional Christmas mantel looking light and airy.

Merry Christmas and I hope you enjoy your Christmas decorating as much as I do.

A simple traditional Christmas mantel with green tree boughts, red ribbon, and white snowflakes.

Other Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas

Christmas decor mantel in neutral white, greens and browns. The mantel has white stockings, an asymetrical Christmas garland, white candles and a DIY wood sign of a forest scene.

Neutral Christmas Mantel Decor

This neutral Christmas mantel is also asymmetrical. with the fabulous golden bells hanging down the right side. To balance the mantel the other side has two sherpa wool Christmas stockings. Take a look at how I hung them, I think they are fun. The sign is homemade and the post has a link to the tutorial.

Farmhouse Style Christmas Mantel featuring a DIY large barn, horse and sleigh artwork and DIY farmhouse wood bead garland.

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Mantel Decor Mantel

Sometimes its fun to make the focal point at the bottom of the fireplace mantel instead of on the top. This very farmhouse Christmas mantel has a unique and personal story behind it. The large white barn hubs and I made as a keepsake.

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