Decorating Your Mantel with Garland


There is something about Christmas decorations that make me really happy.

Like really…really happy ūüôā

And one of my favorite decorated spots in the Purple Palace during Christmas is our garland hanging on the fireplace mantel.

Decorating a mantel for Christmas can be somewhat of a tricky thing.

You see it took us 3 Christmases to finally get the garland on the mantel right.

So today I’d like to share the steps we take to make sure the garland on the mantel looks perfect…or at least perfect to us.

Decorating your mantel with Garland

Decorating a mantel with Garland


1. Make sure your lights work before you hang your garland. What is it about the longevity of Christmas lights anyways….they should last for more than one season! Your life will be so much easier if you make sure these lights are working before you fuss with the garland anymore.

2. Fluff the garland up a bit…because most likely it has been boxed away all year and nobody likes matted down garland!

3. Use ribbon to attach the ends of the garland to the mantel. {I use thumbtacks to secure the ribbon.} Then attach the middle portion of the garland to the fireplace to create a swag.

4. Add the ribbon to the garland.

5. Next…start decorating with¬†the larger flowers and picks on each end and in the middle. It’s nice to get each of these areas finished so then you can easily work your way in.

6. Pick away! Continue working your way in with the other picks.

Note: Step back often to check out your progress and see where you might need to add a little something more.

Christmas Mantel

See not too complicated…

Christmas Mantel

The key is to¬†fill in as you go…and if you have to move things around {like I often do 25,587 times} no biggie.

Christmas Garland

In the end you will have your mantel decorated perfectly with your own Christmas garland!

Christmas Garland

And if you are looking for some more Christmas décor inspiration be sure to check out these great ideas!

Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree


Trim The Tree 1

1. Advent Calendar Pocket 

2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia

3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament 

4.  Vintage Green Paper Ornament

5. Trim the Tree Garland

6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments

7.  Wooden Star Ornament

8. Melted Snowman Ornament

9. Felt Christmas Tree

10.  Santa Star Ornament


Trim the Tree 2

1. Vintage Map Ornament

2. Yarn Joy Ornament

3.  Embossed Wood Bird Ornament

4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament

5. Christmas Garland

6. Tree Skirt for under $20

7.  Star Painted Ornament

8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper

9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree


Trim The Tree 3

1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament

2.  Wood Etched Cork Garland

3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland

4. Travel Map Ornaments

5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments

6. Felt Candy Ornaments

7. Make Love Ornament

8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro

9.  Joy Ornament

10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament


Trim The Tree 4

1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament

2. Diy Tree Skirt

3. Pinecone Decorative Tree

4.  Wood Slice Ornament

5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament

6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree

7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament

8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament

9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland

10. Starfish Christmas Ornaments

Have a good day!

Erin - Signature

5 Comments on Decorating Your Mantel with Garland

  1. Mrs Major Hoff
    November 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm (2 years ago)

    What a great tutorial! Love your pictures! It’s been fun “hopping” with ya!

    • theblueeyeddove
      November 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by ūüôā

  2. Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods
    November 24, 2014 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    I love how you give us step by step directions to create your mantel! The white sparkly and purple accents are so pretty!
    ~ Ashley


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