Mantel Magic

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Inspired after decorating at the White House, I tackled embellishing my mantel when I returned home. Fresh greens, glittery balls and ornaments, and a little imagination is all it takes to make a welcoming festive mantle. I had some peacocks that I wanted to use so decided to go with blues and greens for my color scheme. Forget using the same old red as your primary color for Christmas! Push the envelope and try colors and subjects that normally you don’t associate with Christmas for a unique design.

Decorated mantel in the Vermeil room at the White House

Decorated mantel in the Vermeil Room at the White House; with teddy bears and shell trees

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China  Room mantel at the White House

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Red Room mantle at the White House

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Closeup of Green Room mantel at White House

Starting with a fresh green garland, I used  25 feet of cedar roping that I doubled up to make it extra full. I was really impressed at the White House with the quality of their fresh garlands which were made out of magnolia, fir, or cedar. Some were as thick as my leg! When I shopped for garlands at home, they were on the sparse side. If you can’t find what you want you can always wire your own garland together. Doubling my garland made it plenty thick for my needs. Pull some pieces down over the edge to give depth.

Fluff some of the greens down to hang over the edge

Fluff some of the greens down to hang over the edge

Wire in some additional greens like magnolia, and some dried hydrangeas

Wire in some additional greens like magnolia to match the wreath, and some dried hydrangeas

Start adding glittery elements; here I used silver gilded Eucalyptus and fake picks of glittered branches

Start adding glittery elements; here I used silver gilded Eucalyptus and fake picks of glittered branches, and Nandina foliage

Wire in your premium colored picks

Wire in your premium colored picks

Wire your balls on the garland, clustering the larger ones in the center

Wire your balls on the garland, clustering the larger ones in the center and on either end

Arrange your ribbon in layers, and wire it together at 2 foot intervals; weave it through the garland

Arrange your ribbon in layers, and wire it together at 2 foot intervals; weave it through the garland

Make a large multi-lopped bow and weaves the ends into the garland and have some hang

Make a large multi-looped bow and place one on each end of the mantel; Weave the ends into the garland and allow some to hang

When using multiple layers of ribbon, it works best using a bow maker

When using multiple layers of ribbon, it works best using a bow maker

I am a recent convert to “bow makers”. Many floral designers think these are frivolous but when you are dealing with many layers of wide ribbon, it works like a charm. The work of twisting and cinching the ribbon leaves your fingers free and makes a truly professional looking bow.

Cluster the larger balls with the peacocks in the center

Cluster the larger balls with the peacocks in the center

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About thegardendiaries

Claire Jones is a landscape and floral designer and owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC. She designs and helps people to create their own personal outdoor oasis and loves to write about her gardening failures and successes.
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6 Responses to Mantel Magic

  1. gaiainaction says:

    Yes your mantelpiece looks real nice, thanks for great idea!

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  2. Linda T says:

    My mantle is finished for this year. Thanks for the ideas for next year. Merry Christmas to you Claire, you very talented lady!!

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  3. Some of those would work very nicely across the top of a bookcase if you don’t have a mantle. They are beautiful.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Claire, you are so talented! Always enjoy your programs when you come to Lutherville Garden Club.
    Enjoy the holidays, Joyce

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  5. nerf12517nerf12517 says:

    Beautiful, Claire. thanks. Rosemary

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