Mantel Decorations in Red and White ~ 12 Days of Christmas Decorations / Day 9

Yay! It is here. One of my favorite decorating moments during Christmas time. The reveal of this years Christmas ‘mantel’.

If you have been following along in my decorating for Christmas series, it will come as no surprise that my mantel this year, is red and white with lots of natural elements.



My vintage French mirror takes center stage, but I foofed her up a bit with some paper garlands made with circles punched from festive Christmas papers.

My mantel this year is definitely pretty laid back and easy. I like it that way.


Songbird Christmas Mantel Decor 1


As you can see my pinecone garland has found a place in the corner. It is working very hard to conceal a rather dingy electrical pipe going up. Decoration and camouflage in one, gotta love it.

This picture also shows off my faux ice flowers on my windows. I am still digging the festive and wonderfully winter-touch they give my living room.

But back to my mantel….


Songbird Christmas Mantel Decor 3


A vintage thrifted saucepan holds three hyacinth bulbs. I am pretty sure they will bloom during Christmas. I love putting plants or flowers in front of a mirror, you can enjoy them twice that way.


Songbird Christmas Mantel Decor 4


I used a punch to make my circles and then sewed them into a garland with my sewing machine. Quick and easy, but I think they add a nice touch to the whole vignette.


Songbird Christmas Mantel Decor 5


The top of the mirror is decorated with some mistletoe and a disco ball ornament. Too bad it is such an awkward place to stand underneath. I guess no kissing under the mistletoe for us (not that we ever needed mistletoe for that Kushand).


Songbird Christmas Mantel Decor 6


Red and white, silver and glass, real natural elements and lots of (candle) light. Pretty simple and without fuss, yet festive and fun. Yup this is Christmas 2011 in Songbirds nest.


Songbird Christmas Mantel Decor 2


So have I convinced you how easy it is to decorate a mantel? Really anyone can pull this off, you just gotta put a little love in it.



I am part of 12 Days of Christmas with:
Christmas Homeschool Fun: 1+1+1=1
Tips for a Healthy Holiday: The Thrifty Mama
Saving Money: Surviving the Stores
Travel Tips: Mom’s Travel Tales
Christmas Recipes: Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Christmas Family Fun: Life as Mom
Homemade Christmas Gifts: The Happy Housewife

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  1. Shelia says

    Hi Marianne! OH, your mantel looks wonderful! I love those cute little circle garlands you've made! Candles, just gorgeous!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  2. Barb and Dell says

    Oh, I wish I had a mantel to decorate. Yours is beautiful. I noticed right away that your pine cone garland was in the corner. I love the dish with the 3 plants in. I look forward to seeing what you do tomorrow.

  3. Blondie's Journal says

    Beautiful and festive, Marianne. The garland is the perfect touch! I love paperwhites, too! Fabulous job!


  4. Pink Princess says

    Ziet er gezellig uit joh! Mijn schouw wordt nu (helaas toch) in beslag genomen door de tv…wil iets anders daar neerzetten, mis mn schouw toch wel :(

    Heb eigenlijk nog niks voor Kerst op een Kerstster na (de plant) maar deze week ga ik wel aan de slag. Luister nu wel naar Sky Radio Christmas hihi 😀

    Liefs van Marian

  5. natasha {schue love} says

    I LOVE the garland…what a whimsical touch and the bulbs are just perfect! Really want to plant some bulbs this winter!

  6. The Corson Cottage says

    Hi Marianne & Happy Holidays! I love your style I found you through Rhoda's party today. Love your garland that you made and your mantel looks great with the fresh greens! I'm following along now. I hope you'll stop by The Corson Cottage sometime:) Carrie

  7. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says

    Hello! I'm visiting from the mantel party at Southern Hospitality. I love your red and white theme. The garland that you made is just perfect for hanging in front of your gorgeous mirror. The red and white dish with the bulbs is superb!

  8. Joann says

    Hi, LOVE your blog & your wonderful creations!!! May I ask, what size punch did you use to make your circles on the paper garlands? It is so hard to determine dimensions on line & these look to be ideal. Thanx in advance for your help & happy decorating!