Decorating your Mantle for Winter

After sharing my Winter Decorations last week, I had a comment from a reader about how I decorate and not make it jumbled looking. So, I thought I would share with you my tips for decorating your mantle.

These decorating tips are not only good for your mantle, but can also be used to decorate a shelf, entertainment center and any other surface that you need to add a special touch to.

I have combined the pictures into a collage to shorten the post some.

Winter Mantle collage.1

  1. Begin by adding a warm, wool or flannel piece of material and then add a large item, such as skates (purchased at Goodwill for about $2) to one end of your mantle
  2. Add another large item, like the snowman, on the other end. It’s good to have a large item at either end to give balance
  3. Then I added the mittens, I tied a ribbon to each mitten to attach them together
  4. And then I simply pin them onto the fabric to secure them

Winter Mantle collage.2

  1. Next add in more snowmen, not quite as large as the one on the end
  2. And add a warm flannel scarf and bright colored hat
  3. I tucked in a medium size snowman near the skates
  4. And placed a medium size snowman at the other end

Winter Mantle collage.5

  1. After adding another snowman, I added a large snowball shaped candle in the middle of the mantle
  2. I added in several small snowball shaped candles. I bought these many years ago, I’m sorry I don’t remember where I bought them, but you could easily use any white candle.
  3. Add in some small snowmen, the one on the left is a snowglobe. I like mixing different textures.
  4. Then I added in some snowflakes, that I bought at the Dollar Store.

Winter Mantle collage.6

  1. I tucked in a snowflake by the hat and scarf
  2. Added some clear beads for a little shimmer
  3. Beads draped in the middle over the large snowball candle
  4. And at the other end

The Finished Winter Mantle

Winter Mantle finished.fixed.2

This post linked to:

~Mantle Party hosted by The Stories of A to Z

~Winter Linky hosted by The Inspired Room

~Frugal Fridays hosted by Life As Mom

~Friday Show and Tell hosted by My Romantic Home

~DIY hosted by Funky Junk Interiors

~Creative Cats hosted by Poppies at Play

~Frugalicious Friday hosted by Finding Fabulous


  1. Hey, those are MY snowball candles!

    I had not thought about decorating for winter. After Christmas, I always went back to the standard year round decorations. Good idea!

  2. It so cute!!

  3. Lovely mantle. Thanks for the tips and sharing your photographs!
    Have a great day!

  4. How darling is this??? I love this winter theme idea. I have kept up my White Snow man cookie jar — just CUZZ ๐Ÿ™‚

    If your get a moment– stop by my spot and enter my 100th post give away!

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  5. I have some black skates too that I incorporated into my outdoor holiday decor. Didn’t even think about putting them inside! Great idea!
    .-= Jennifer Allwood´s last blog ..Comic relief =-.

  6. Very spiffy ๐Ÿ˜€
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  7. How cute is that! I wish I had a mantle:) Thanks for linking to Poppies at Play!

  8. Adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ You are such a great decorator.
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog ..Blood Orange Bars =-.

  9. Hi

    I have been checking out the Winter Dec links from The Inspired Room. Your post is the first with a real “winter tip” that I have seen. I love what you did, especially how you hung the mittens. Very clever. It gives off that warm and snuggly feeling that gets us thru the winter months.

  10. Cute mantel.

    -The Tablescaper

  11. I think your mantel is darling – I have a winter mantelscape, too. I enjoy changing the decor to match the seasons, or my mood.I can tell you like that, too!
    I’d love for you to stop by sometime!
    Heidi – Heart and Home
    .-= Heidi – Heart and Home´s last blog ..DIY and Trash to Treasures at Heart and Home =-.

  12. I host a Mantel Party every Friday. Mr. Linky opens at 10pm Thurs. night. You should link up sometime.
    .-= Beth@The Stories of A to Z´s last blog ..Valentine’s Tree Mantel =-.

  13. So cute! I love to change the mantle up alot – yours is very fun!


  14. Great tips! Thank you! Your mantle looks beautiful. I especially love the little mittens hanging down! Too cute!

  15. Thanks for the tips!
    .-= Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage´s last blog ..Framed Fleur-de-lis — Oooo La La =-.

  16. Hi Liz…

    What an adorable winter mantel! I just love snowmen so your pretty mantel really caught my attention! I love that you used a woolen scarf for the mantel…what a great idea…and adding the little mittens are just too cute! Beautiful, my friend!!! How very thoughtful of you to give us all the “how to’s” as well!!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful, fun & festive, winter mantel with us today!!!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. Your mantel is darling. Thanks so much for all of the tips, Liz!

    .-= Jane´s last blog ..MANTEL PARTY: GLASS, SILVER & WHITE =-.

  18. Thanks for the tutorial! It is really helpful.

  19. I like how you layered everything. It looks beautifully cozy and wintry!

    Blessings, Grace

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