Looking for simple and easy Christmas mantel decor ideas? Here’s a simple decor hack to take your Christmas mantel to the next level.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been Christmas mantel challenged.
You decorated it (and sometimes redecorated it) and even redecorated it again.
But it just wasn’t right.
Please come sit by me.
I’m Christmas mantel-challenged, too.
This mantel is such a puzzle for me. I’ve tried so many things before to decorate it and it just looked flat and not the sparkling, shimmering Christmas creation that I envisioned.
I discovered this.
Easy Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas
Here’s an overall view of the mantel in the space.
The fireplace is so pretty. It’s constructed from vintage marble with a carved white wood top. It’s beautiful and classic and timeless and amazing.
But when they constructed it all those years ago? They added the plug to the very top of the fireplace.
Right there behind that picture.
Which is amazing for a picture light like the one I have–but super challenging in the Christmas mantel lighting department. No one wants a string of lights coming down from on high.
And then I discovered these battery-operated lights on Amazon.
I’d seen mini lights before, but I’d never thought of battery-operated regular Christmas lights. I was a little skeptical at first–how long would they last? How strong were the lights? How would they work? But they were inexpensive and I was willing to give them a try.
These are a game changer. I just ordered more.
Think staircases and tops of hutches and garland on top of doors. Anywhere you can add garland–you can add these lights.
Can you see how the mantel fits into the room now?
It’s kind of hard to tell from the pictures, but the mantel is so shimmery.
The garland on the mantel is actually two different Target garlands from several years back that I just layered together
Here’s a close-up of all the options.
You can set the garland to have the lights wave or blink on and off or slowly fade on and off.
There’s also a six hour timer so you can just set it and have it go off and on without ever thinking about it. Our time is set for 4:00 when it starts getting dark.
The mantel is all sparkling and shining and shimmering and ready for Christmas.
The other day I had some friends come over to tour the house for Christmas and the first thing they commented on was THE MANTEL.
All those years of trying to get it right.
And all it took was a little battery-operated light strand to light up my Christmas world.
PPS I posted videos of the lights over on my Instagram today if you want to follow along.
And just when I thought this Christmas couldn’t get any more amazing?
Look at these stockings.
There’s an extra one hung up and ready for Santa.
It’s going to be an extra special year. 🙂