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Winter Mantel Decor After Christmas

If you’re looking for ideas that are beautiful as a DIY Christmas garland, but also work as winter mantel decor after Christmas – to keep the sparkle and merriment going into the new year – try this DIY beaded snowflake garland idea!

Blue Fireplace with Christmas Garland

But First – Whose Blue Fireplace is This?

I should explain where this mantel is, for new readers who might be confused!  If you missed the makeover post, my Mom’s apartment has a fireplace, which is such a lovely feature to have.  To make it even more of a focal point, I painted the fireplace a rich blue with chalk paint.  Not one to shy away from blue, I actually painted the whole wall the same color, for a bold focal wall:

Idea for Winter Mantel Decor After Christmas

Here’s what the fireplace looks like now, decorated for Christmas and the winter months beyond:

Winter Mantel Decor

Supplies Required:

I actually grabbed this faux evergreen garland from the landfill’s Good Neighbor Shed, so it was totally free!  You can use any greenery you like – the fuller the better.  Here’s what I used for this winter mantel decor:

Winter Mantel Decor After Christmas

Here’s What We Did:

  1. We laid down a lush and full amount of wired, faux evergreen garland – folded back on itself to be the exact length.
  2. We wrapped around the battery operated winkled lights and hid the control/battery pack in the garland.
  3. We hung beaded snowflake ornaments on ornaments hooks (you can also use string) along the front.

Wintry Mantel Decor That isn't Christmas ThemedFaux Evergreen Mantel Garland

I love how the beaded snowflake ornaments pop against the dark blue fireplace.  You can make your beaded snowflakes any color!

DIY Snowflake Ornaments

For Extra Sparkle – Add Faceted Plastic Beads to the Garland:

We also added little plastic faceted beads which, don’t laugh because they’re such a little silly thing, are actually sentimental.

Budget Friendly Mantel GarlandWinter Inspired Mantel Garland

They belonged to my maternal Grandmother, who was very frugal and really treasured any type of beautiful little thing that crossed her path.  I don’t even know where she got these, but she used to put them in a bowl or the bottom of a vase.  I remember her commenting about them once, and she was so sheepish about liking such a silly thing.  I was struck but how much joy she derived from something so little, so that random little memory always stuck with me.  When she passed and we cleared out her home, I took them.  I told the story to my Mom and gave them to her and we tucked those into the garland as well.  They catch the light really beautifully – I think it would make my Grandma happy to know they bring us joy too.

Blue Fireplace with Christmas GarlandHow to Make Cheap Dollar Store Garland Look Expensive

The end result is so pretty and still minimal (my Mom, like me, tends to prefer pretty simple seasonal decor).  Plus, while it looks great now and complements the nearby Christmas tree beautifully, it’s also suitable winter mantel decor after Christmas too.  It’s really just “wintry” and not super Christmassy.  The best part is, we re-imagined and re-used things we already had, so this was 100% free (which would also make my thrifty Grandmother proud).

Dark Blue Fireplace with Winter Mantel DecorSnow Themed Mantel Decorating Beaded Snowflake Ornaments Wintry Mantel Decor Not Christmas

I hope you like this winter mantel decor after Christmas idea.  You might be wondering why there’s a Christmas tree when we don’t celebrate Christmas anymore? I’ll give you the scoop on that soon!

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  1. SH
    December 20, 2020 / 10:20 pm

    This is wonderful: the final decor, the story behind the baubles, the generational frustration with garland, etc. 🤣🤣 That fireplace color is awesome Tanya–excellent color choice.

    • December 21, 2020 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed the stories behind this mantel decor. I am glad we persevered because it’s the first winter since I painted it and it really was just begging for some seasonal decor. I don’t have a mantel anymore, so it was fun to decorate one!

  2. Miss Boots
    December 21, 2020 / 2:12 pm

    Very simple and pretty. Your mom’s home looks so festive! Yes, please do share a tutorial for the snowflakes next year!

    • December 21, 2020 / 3:24 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. I’ll definitely put a tutorial together – they’re actually really easy to make and my Mom was really proud because no two she’s ever made are alike!

  3. Trudy
    December 23, 2020 / 7:54 am

    I vote YES for the snowflake tutorial. I made some of your beaded spiders. I went to a reuse craft place and grabbed a bunch of beads. Then I invited a few friends over for Halloween and we made spiders. Fun to display and fun to make, too!

    • December 24, 2020 / 6:05 pm

      I’m so happy to hear you made the spiders! They are a lot of fun to make and so perfect for Halloween! I will be sure to put together a snowflake tutorial – maybe in the new year? I just need to find the right beads and it’s so hard right now to find anything lol.

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