A Wintry Christmas Mantel With Vintage Style

Hannah Slaughter's Christmas mantel includes vintage touches and handmade details. Find more of Hannah's mantel decorating ideas and how-to projects.

Vintage Holiday Style

A blend of materials and textures, from newspaper to gilding, come together to create a comfortably aged aesthetic on this Christmas mantel.

High and Low Materials

The letters spelling "Joy" are decoupaged in newsprint and stand in constrast with the traditional gold-framed mirror backdrop.

Decoupaged Letters

Newspaper decoupage lends a vintage touch. Mod Podge affixes the paper to the pre-made letters.

Painted Garland

This holly-and-berries garland, found in the floral department, gets an update thanks to metallic spray paint.

Yarn Trees

To create these snowy tree forms, multiple sizes of inexpensive Styrofoam cones were wrapped in chunky yarn, secured with hot glue. Learn how to make them in this how-to post.

Mercury Glass-Style Candle Holders

Rather than splurging on mercury glass candle holders, Hannah created her own using glass jars and paint. See how in her step-by-step post.

How to Decorate a Mantel

Here's a tip from Hannah: Start a mantel display by incorporating items in a variety of heights. Here, three heights come into play, from low jar candle holders to mid-sized jars to tall yarn-wrapped trees.

How to Decorate a Mantel

Another tip: Especially when you're going with a neutral palette, choose materials in a range of textures to give dimensional appeal.

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