Decorate Your Fireplace Mantle This Christmas

How to make a greenery garland for your fireplace

To create a garland (like the one here), use a length of rope and cover with greenery, securing it with gardener’s twine in individual bunches. Continue all down the length of rope, working in one direction until densely covered.

One trick is to use a mix of fresh foliage and combine it with artificial hips and berries. This garland combines evergreen foliage, holly, myrtle and ivy, combined with artificial berried sprays, pussy willow and hellebores. Using a combination like this means it becomes very hard to spot the faux elements.

Secure the garland with hooks or nails at intervals, or you can lay it along the mantel shelf so that it falls down in swags.

Paper garlands – Beware The Naked Flame

Use a paper decoration to create an attractive sweep along the mantel. Amazon have a good selection of cut paper decorations including honeycomb garlands. Remember these would be best suited to a high mantle of an electric fire so take caution should you consider a real fire!

Another unusual garland for a fireplace is one incorporating letters or pom poms, you can also have a personalised paper garland, which spell out a message. Try eBay or notonthehighstreet.

You could work Christmas decorations into your garland to make it feel more festive or dress the mantle itself with decs.

How to use candles on a Christmas fireplace

Candles lend atmosphere to any setting. They work particularly well in combination with metallic elements. Gilt picture frames, metallic decorations and accessories such as brass, pewter or silver look especially lovely in flickering candlelight.

Traditional hand-rolled beeswax candles look and smell wonderful, more expensive and faster-burning than solid wax candles, they are lovely for a special occasion when they scent the house with honey

How to decorate with seasonal flowers

antique fireplace christmas decorations victorian fireplace restoration britains heritageForced winter bulbs such as scarlet amaryllis, scented paper white narcissus or hyacinths are a good choice for dressing a mantle and last well indoors. We have found these and similar bulbs in Wiko’s, large supermarket and department stores.

Winter bulbs often get ‘leggy’ and spindly growing in the warmth inside so cut the flowers short and place in low vases or a mug, cup or tankard.

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