Pair a rustic Santa with a faux tree and lantern for a pretty holiday vignette.

Rustic Christmas Mantel

Simple, rustic style decor creates a beautiful holiday mantel.

Happy December, friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday weekend and were able to spend it with friends and family. I am so excited to begin sharing our Christmas decor with you, starting with our rustic Christmas mantel!

The idea for this year’s holiday mantel decor all started back in September when I came across the cutest grapevine reindeer heads at the Country Living Fair. From the moment I claimed one of these stags for myself, I began scheming about my Christmas mantel. You have no idea how excited I am that December is finally here, and I’m able to revel in all of this Christmas decor glory!

Rustic hasn’t typically been my go-to style of decorating, but I’m noticing it creeping in more and more. And it seems to be a style I fully embrace around the holidays. I think because rustic decor gives off such a cozy, lived-in vibe; it feels warm and welcoming, and that’s exactly how I want my home to feel at the holidays.

Now let’s take a look at the details of our rustic Christmas mantel!

Simple, rustic style decor creates a beautiful holiday mantel.

I decided to add a scarf around the reindeer’s neck, and it couldn’t have been an easier project. I purchased 1/4 yard of fleece fabric, tied it around the deer’s neck, and then trimmed and fringed the edges.

Dress up a rustic grapevine reindeer with a no-sew fleece scarf!

For the mantel top, I decided to go with a simpler arrangement—a sleigh full of gifts, a rustic Santa and tree, and a small white lantern. I

Simple, rustic Christmas mantel decor

think in year’s past, I’ve always felt the need to add, add, add when it comes to decorating our mantel. But this year, I went with a “less is more” approach.

Pair a rustic Santa with a faux tree and lantern for a pretty holiday vignette.

Santa’s sleigh is packed and ready for Christmas Eve deliveries!

Fill a rustic sleigh full of brown paper gifts topped with pretty plaid ribbons.

I’ve had these red ornaments for years, and they always come in handy as filler for a bowl or vase. This year, they bring a bright pop of color to the front of our mantel.

Love this easy decorating idea - hang ornaments from the mantel for an extra pop of color and shimmer!

Moving down to our “hearth”, my beloved flea market beer crate is the perfect prop for creating a rustic display of antlers, trees and red mercury glass.

Repurpose a weathered beer crate to display trees, candles, and antlers for rustic Christmas decor.

Repurpose a weathered beer crate to display trees, candles, and antlers for rustic Christmas decor.

Absolutely love the combination of rustic antlers with red mercury glass for Christmas decorating!

This might be my favorite part of the whole display!

I love how our mantel came together, and this is just the beginning of our rustic Christmas decor! There’s more to come in our full Christmas home tour (wink).

Do you have a theme for your Christmas decor this year?

 

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