General Remodeling

5 Stunning Examples of DIY Holiday Mantels

Decorating your mantel for the holidays is as important as picking out the perfect tree and hanging the perfect wreath on your door. Your mantel, whether it’s in the living room, bedroom, or dining room, is a centerpiece for your holiday spirit. If you’re having trouble deciding on a theme, style, or color scheme for your mantel, we have five different DIY holiday mantels that are sure to put a light the fire of inspiration.

Soft Pastels Christmas Mantel

Better Homes and Gardens

Using soft neutral colors mixed with soft baby blues is a wonderfully festive and simple way to decorate your mantel this year. Use a few larger decorations as focal points on your mantel, that way you don’t have to fill it with tiny treasures. Make your own wooden Christmas trees and lay down a tiny faux fur rug in the center of the mantel.

DIY Christmas Carol Mantel

The Yellow Cape Cod

When your favorite part of the holidays is singing songs and carols, this is the mantel for you. This easy DIY Christmas carol art project is perfect for hanging on the wall over your mantel and reminding you of what you love most about the season. The tutorial for this project, complete with free printable, is easy to follow and will get you excited to sing the carols you love.

White Christmas Mantel

Country Living

While many homeowners will be using bright colors to decorate their mantels, a simple white mantel can be just as powerful. Use a fake reindeer head and give it a red nose and hang white ice skate stockings on your mantel. Place white candles on top of the mantel and add some fairy lights if desired. The red nose of the reindeer will pop dramatically against the pure, snowy white color scheme.

Blue, Blue Christmas Mantel

Traditional Home

If you’d rather have bright, bold color on your mantel this holiday season, opt for a bright teal or blue color scheme. Use different icy hues of blue to create a surprisingly festive and modern mantel. Top it off with real greenery such as mini trees and wow your guests with your stunning mantel scene.

No Mantel Christmas Mantel


If you’re envious of any of these mantels but don’t have a mantel in your own home, fake it! Paint a wall shelf a bright, festive color and add some hooks or knobs to hang stockings. Finish off with some garland and ornaments, and you have your very own DIY mantel!


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