We’ve officially passed the Christmas season, but that doesn’t mean you have to dive right into spring. Learn how to style easy winter mantel decor for the season to add some cozy comfort to your home!
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Welcome to the Cozy Winter Home Tours
After taking a holiday break to spend time with family, I’m excited to get back to my blogging community! Reunited and it feels so gooood!
To kick off the season, I’m joining Amber from Follow the Yellow Brick Home for this year’s Cozy Winter Home Tours.
Amber runs a gorgeous blog with plenty of drool-worthy vintage and cottage-style decor. (I want to transplant her music room to my house.)
If you’re visiting via CoCo at The Crowned Goat, thanks so much for clicking over! I always leave CoCo’s blog brimming with ideas, especially after that fall porch she did last year. Wowza!
It seems many folks go big on decorating for fall and Christmas, but do you decorate your home for “winter”? If not, we’re hoping to convince you to start…
Winter Mantel Decorating Ideas
We rarely see snow in my neck of the woods, much less freezing temperatures. That doesn’t stop me from staging a cozy mantel in our living room, though!
To create an “intermission” for my mantel between Christmas and spring, I decided to focus on five main elements:
- Neutral color palette
- DIY farmhouse sign
- DIY pom-pom garland
- Sparkling tree cones
- Simple winter greenery
I also found tons of inspiration from these 25 stunning Christmas mantel decorating ideas.
1. Neutral colors to keep it cool
After the flurry of Christmas activity dies down, I like to think about creating a winter vibe by removing some elements and repositioning others. It’s like shedding layers rather than adding.
For my mantel, this means replacing my traditional red and gold Christmas decor with a more neutral color palette using candle holders, books, and ceramic accents.
2. Reversible DIY farmhouse sign
Perhaps you remember my Halloween mantel decorations? Well, you might recognize this little farmhouse sign that I have now made reversible.
Two holidays for the price of one!
I grew up watching The Sound of Music as a child (back when you had ONE chance to watch a movie as it aired). I thought this line from My Favorite Things was fitting for my winter mantel decor:
Silver white winters that melt into springs.
Stay tuned for a DIY tutorial soon that talks about the homemade chalk paint and lettering I used!
3. DIY Pom-Pom Garland
For winter decor, I tend to go for a more casual, hygge aesthetic. In keeping with my neutral color scheme, I chose two-tone yarn to make a “necklace” for my mantel.
This rustic DIY pom-pom garland couldn’t be easier to make, and now that I’m the proud owner of this little doo-hickey, there’s more where that came from!
4. Sparkling Conical Trees
These two sparkling trees usually sit perched with that ensemble, but as I said, I like to move things around and repurpose items when I can.
I love that they say “winter” without screaming “Christmas!” While these were not a DIY project, I’m thinking of creating a knock-off version for the holidays this year.
5. Simple Winter Stems and Pine Cones
To add just a splash of color, I interspersed a few winter greenery pieces with varying textures and added a few pine cones.
I didn’t want to overwhelm the mantel with a long garland, so I used wire cutters to prune a floral pick and create my pine trimmings.
I felt the mantel decor needed a touch of life, so I also nestled a little bird among the pine branches. She looks ready for a spring mantel like I am!
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Continue Your Tour
Don’t forget to visit my other friends on the tour to gather more creative decorating ideas for winter.
Your next stop is Kristin at White Arrows Home. You haven’t seen a cozy cabin until you’ve seen Kristin’s place!
Bundle up and enjoy the rest of your winter, my friends!