Rustic Christmas Mantel

I’m so excited to share my Rustic Christmas Mantel with you! Although I loved the Mantel we decorated last year, I really love the rustic feel and simplicity of this year’s creation.

After decorating the Dining Room Chandelier and Table, we loved the burlap mixed with fresh green and the whimsy of the wooden clothes pins so much we decided to carry the theme into the Living Room and add it to the Mantel.

The base of the garland is artificial greenery, then strips of burlap about 6 inches wide were pinned on with clothes pins. The clothes pins were a huge time saver. It usually takes me at least an hour to wire together the garland, but with the clothes pins, it was done in about 10 minutes. The garland was wired onto the Mantel and then I added some fresh green and a few pinecones.

I have been wanting to change the large star that we have had above the Mantel since we first decorated 4 years ago when we moved into our home. Christmas decorating was a perfect opportunity and I’m so glad I did. I love the wreath!

I decorated it the same way I did the garland, starting with an artificial green wreath, added some burlap, fresh green and a few pinecones.

The woodland Santas not only give a rustic Christmas feel but add the warmth of the season to the Mantel.

When I first saw the Twig Trees that Gina shared in Splendidly Homemade Magazine, I knew I wanted to add them to our Christmas Mantel. I started with a clay pot, and spray painted it black. Then using LOTS of different size twigs, I just glued and glued. For a complete tutorial, visit Shabby Creek Cottage…she’s awesome!

Stay tuned…more Christmas decorating to come!

Linking to…Holiday Home, Transformation Thursday, Show & Tell Friday, Weekend Wrap-up Party, Saturday Night Special


  1. Kim says:

    Love your rustic themed mantel. Just too cute. Love to have you join my Wow party, too.

  2. Tiffini says:

    I love the rustic look..always one of my favs:)
    burlap and pinecones and the Santa..perfect
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  3. Shelia says:

    I just love it! You’ve done a great job!!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)
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  4. Sherry says:

    Beautiful! I love the rustic feel and the burlap ribbon is wonderful.

  5. Beautiful! Love the whole feel. Also love the burlap strips. I cheated with some burlap ribbon I found at Michael’s ;)

    Dropping by from Rhoda’s Mantel party.

  6. Sarah says:

    I love how you used clothespins to keep the ribbon in place! Great idea! Lovely mantel… hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  7. Amanda G. Jones says:

    So pretty!!

  8. You had me at “burlap”!!! Very pretty!! I love anything burlap and have a little in my Christmas decorating as well. Your mantel and wreath look great!! Have a great day and Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Jennifer says:

    Your rustic mantle is just so pretty. I just love burlap in decorating. It adds such personality!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. Gina says:

    Simple and pretty – just like the season should be! (:

  11. Tracy says:

    I just love your mantel! And now I remember I have some burlap ribbon I bought a few weeks ago that I forgot I had and I want to go find it!
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  12. Vickie says:

    Our Christmas decorating is similar and unique…my folks place in the mountains by a stream is very rustic…I do it up very similar to what you have here…burlap etc…for the tree tinsel I use cowboy brown fringe from the craft store…so unique…thought I would share…looks great on the wreat and woven in with burlap like you have…

    My house in Florida is really different all nautical with fish, shells…vintage.

    I JUST LOVE decorating year round…

  13. Ruth says:

    Your mantle looks beautiful. I love the twig trees. Burlap is so versatile and fun to work with.
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