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Rustic, Natural Christmas Mantel and Christmas Ideas Tour


Our rustic Christmas mantel plus ideas from 20+ home bloggers

mantel with magnolia branches, hemlock branches, and glass bottles

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Hello, friends! Are you ready for some Christmas ideas?

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of great food and family time. Now that Thanksgiving is over it’s full blown Christmas decorating time at our home. And if you’re needing ideas for your home then you’ll love today’s post. I’m joining with 24 of my home blogging friends for a Christmas Ideas Tour and we’re sharing our favorites.

Here’s what you have to look forward to throughout this week:

All of the ideas are at the bottom of this post so be sure to visit everyone! I’ll be sharing everyone’s ideas on my facebook page and also on instagram, so follow along there to be sure you don’t miss any of them.

fireplace mantel shelf with magnolia branches and Christmas decor

I’ve been working on our Christmas living room mantel and am sharing it for the tour today. Natural, vintage, and rustic elements are my favorite things to decorate with and the mantel is proof of this. Here, a few magnolia clusters from our magnolia tree anchor the ends of the mantel shelf.

vintage glass bottles with candles and hemlock branches

Old bottles and branch clippings are the other main ingredients of this Christmas mantel. I’ve been collecting vintage bottles for years and love to use them as vases. I simply added some hemlock branches to the smaller ones and white candles to the larger bottles for a holiday look.

vintage glass bottle with hemlock branch

A few pine cones, vintage red mercury glass ornaments, and a button garland add a bit more of a holiday look to the mantel. 

fireplace mantel with grapevine wreath

For the rustic wreath, I used some grapevine that was growing wild in our back yard. I added a few hemlock branches and boxwood clippings for a simple, natural, homespun look. I’ll share a tutorial in the next few days for this wreath so be sure to sign up for our email list at the towards the bottom of the post and it will be sent to your inbox. 

chunky knit christmas stockings and miniature trees

On the hearth, some miniature lemon cypress and dwarf Alberta spruce trees in tiny metal pots continue the natural theme. And the vintage corbel is one of my favorite finds. It makes a nice base for the little trees. 

chunky knit Christmas stockings

I tried hanging the knit stockings from hooks on them mantel shelf, but they were too heavy and kept falling off. So I hung them from my old iron fence sections. I think I like them better there anyway. What do you think?

miniature lemon cypress and dwarf Alberta spruce trees on hearth

rosemary topiary on pedestal and plaid blanket

On the other side of the hearth, a small rosemary topiary rests on a vintage-looking pedestal and looks like a tiny Christmas tree. The red plaid throw blanket adds a pop of cozy color to the scene. 

painted brick fireplace with Christmas decor

A few more magnolia clusters inside the firebox and some nandina branches on the side complete the natural look of our living room fireplace. 

I promised my family I would go with more simple decor this year and so far I think I’ve succeeded! 

Next week I’ll be sharing our porch and the week after that will be our entry and breakfast room. Stay tuned to see if I’m able to keep it simple!

Now keep scrolling to see all of my friends’ ideas. 

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Button garland can be purchased HERE.  Or there’s a easy to follow tutorial for one found HERE.

All of my Christmas ideas since 2011 can be found HERE.

Visit my holiday shop with all of my favorites HERE.

Now it’s time to see all the Christmas ideas from these talented home bloggers. Here’s the tour lineup for the week. Be sure to visit everyone for wonderful Christmas ideas for the whole house. The links for each topic are below the images.

Monday – Christmas Mantel Ideas

Postcards from the Ridge // DIY Beautify // Cottage at the Crossroads // Worthing Court // Virginia Sweet Pea

Tuesday – Christmas Tablescape Ideas

Far Above Rubies // Atta Girl Says // 2 Bees in a Pod //  Weekend Craft // Twelve on Main (not pictured)

Wednesday – Christmas DIY/Craft Project Ideas

Petticoat Junktion // Hearth and Vine // Girl in the Garage // Just the Woods // Lora Bloomquist

Thursday – Christmas Tree Ideas

Sand Dollar Lane // Chatfield Court // I Should Be Mopping the Floor // The Chelsea Project // Dukes and Duchesses (not pictured)

Friday – Christmas Recipes

Domestically Speaking // Inspiration for Moms // Foodie Chicks Rule // Nourish and Nestle // Jenna Kate at Home (not pictured)


  1. Your mantel is absolutely beautiful! I love how you used fresh greenery, vintage bottles, that adorable button garland, and a pop of color with a red ornament to create such a pretty display. I am looking forward to seeing more of your decorations this Christmas season.

    1. Thank you, Paula! You're so sweet. Headed over to drool over your mantel right now! Have a great week. ~ Angie

    1. Thanks, Suzy. I'm trying really hard to do simple decorations this Christmas. So far, so good! Have a great week. ~ Angie

  2. Beautiful. It's right up my alley. All the natural greenery and vintage finds work so well together making your mantel look gorgeous and fresh.

    1. Thank you Patti! I always love your natural projects and can't wait to see what you share this week! Have a great week. ~ Angie

  3. Angie – what a way to kickoff the tour! Your mantel is perfectly festive with all of the pretty greenery and touches of red. Wishing you and yours a happy Christmas season!

    1. Thanks so much! Looking forward to seeing your gorgeous table tomorrow! You have a wonderful Christmas season too. ~ Angie

  4. After seeing your mantel, I'm going simple next year! Love that button garland! I have a resource for buttons near me so I see a project in my future!!! Really like those stockings hanging on the vintage pieces of ironwork, too!

    1. Haha, I keep trying to go simple and maybe I'll succeed this year. I think the button garland would be pretty easy to make…just time consuming. And it worked out great hanging the stockings on the ironwork. They kept falling off the mantel. Have a great week! ~ Angie

  5. Angie, I love how your mantle is in the middle of your home; what a wonderful area to decorate! Love the button garland and the old bottles; never thought of putting candles in them-great idea! Thanks for hosting this fun hop!

    1. Lora, yes, 1960's houses sometimes have weird layouts and ours is one of those. It's kinda cool having a fireplace in the middle of everything, but it makes furniture arranging a real challenge, lol. So glad you joined us on the tour! ~ Angie

  6. Angie, I love how you've used simple elements and combined them for a beautiful mantle!! The magnolia leaves, old bottles and bright red ornaments are my favorites!!

    1. Thanks, Cindy! I'm really trying to keep it simple this year. I always hate taking everything down in January so I'm hoping it won't be so dreadful after this Christmas with the simpler decor. So glad you're touring with us! ~ Angie

  7. I love your style. It has such a warmth and coziness. I love to linger looking through the photos at every single interesting piece you include in the vignette. Truly beautiful, Angie. Great job. ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thank you so much, Susie! Warm and cozy is always my goal in our house. We're definitely not rich or fancy here, lol. Have a great week! ~ Angie

  8. Hmmm….. quite a few "25 Christmas Ideas" participants have submitted pages/links that no longer exist; that's too bad 🙁 Anyway, your mantel looks very lovely 🙂

    1. Hi Linda. The tour began on Monday and will be going all week. The ideas for the later days in the week haven't gone live yet so you're probably getting an error message. Be sure to visit them later this week when their posts are live. There are some fabulous ideas that you'll love! And thank you!!

  9. Your mantle and hearth are absolutely perfect! I love the natural elements and the simplicity. We have those same stockings and now I think I need some old fence pieces, I love how that looks!

    1. Thanks, Eileen! I'm really trying to keep it simple this year so the take down after Christmas isn't so dreadful. And those fence pieces are some of my favorite finds although I had no idea how I would use them when I bought them. Got them in Asheville a couple of years ago. Have a great week! ~ Angie

  10. I love the greenery and the simplicity of your mantel Angie. Plus your photography is awesome. Thanks for hosting!

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I'm loving simple decor these days. It makes it so much easier to put everything away after Christmas is over. Thanks for joining the tour!

  11. Angie! I don't know what I love most…but that button garland is right at the top of the list. Those stockings hung on that grate are gorgeous too. What a lovely mantle my friend.

    1. Thanks, Lynn. I bought those button garlands years ago on sale after Christmas and love them. And the stockings kept falling off the mantel so on a whim I hung them on the fence sections. I like the way to look so it worked out great. Thanks for joining the tour!

  12. Love the button garland and the use of old bottles and of course all your greenery. Thanks for the ideas, so lovely.

  13. I just love a gorgeous, natural Christmas look. You've done such a gorgeous job here, Angie. I can't decide my favorite thing…but with all of that greenery (and the rosemary for sure), I bet your home smells amazing! I need to get up the guts to ask my neighbor if I can take clippings from his magnolia tree…those leaves are so pretty! Thank you again for everything.

  14. Your mantel is gorgeous … I just love all the natural elements! I'm going to be using some cuttings from my magnolia tree after seeing this!

  15. Love the rustic texture of the brick and wood mantel with all of the fresh greenery. Beautifully done, Angie!

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