As I began to drag my hoard of Christmas decorations down from my upstairs storage closets this year, I realized that I was in a bit of a rut. I always buy a few new ornaments every year, and I usually purchase another tabletop tree (don’t tell my husband–I have a bit of tree addiction). Despite these “minor” acquisitions, I realized that when it comes to my Christmas mantel, I have basically put up the same things, more or less the same way, for years.
I recently published a post about transitioning a coffee table arrangement from Fall to Christmas in which I suggested that it is not necessary to “reinvent the wheel” when creating seasonal decor. In that post, I showed how I reworked some of the same elements to create a different look season to season. However, I haven’t heeded my own advice to change up anything on my Christmas mantel for a long time.
There are several reasons for this rut. One reason is that I love and have nostalgia for my holiday decor. Another factor is that it is too expensive to refresh everything frequently. But the main reason I haven’t changed up my Christmas mantel decoration in a long time is due to my awesome super-long storage closet. You see, several years ago, I realized that I could install hooks in the closet and just hang up the garland fully decorated. Then each year, all I have to do is take it down, hang it on the mantel, fluff it up a bit, and plug it in. This storage solution was a revelation to me. Before then, I took all the ribbons and ornaments off the garland, wrapped them, and carefully packed them away. Then when Christmas rolled around, it took me hours to wire everything into place again. Given the volume of decorations I put out every year, I really appreciated this time saver.
Nevertheless, I thought it was time for a change. This year I made a fresh magnolia leaf garland which I placed on my mantel along with some white pumpkins for Thanksgiving.
Since it was already in place, I decided to use the magnolia garland as the base for my Christmas mantel decorations.
Mad For Plaid Christmas Mantel
I found these adorable lighted plaid house ornaments at Pier One, and they served as the inspiration for my mantel design.
I studded the magnolia leaves with pine cones from my yard and added red berry fairy lights to add sparkle to the garland. I further embellished the greenery with a wide plaid wired ribbon. Above the fireplace. I hung a red tin star that I’ve had for years. And I flanked the star with tall boxwood topiaries which I dressed for Christmas with red plaid ribbons.
I was able to change up my Christmas mantel decoration this year fairly easily, and because I mostly used natural items from my yard as well as decor pieces I already had, I was also able to create a new look pretty economically. It is fun to try something new, and hopefully, it will give me the kick in the pants I need to try and make more simple changes to my Christmas decor in the future.
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